Tom Hope, a 30 year-old farmer in outback Victoria in 1968, is a man of few words. When his wife Trudy leaves him he is heartbroken. He is a good father to Peter and his heart is broken yet again when Trudy takes her son away.
When Hannah a Hungarian music teacher arrives in town and opens a bookshop, she and Tom fall in love and Tom blossoms under her care. However, Hannah is also suffering from a broken heart: she is the only survivor in her family of the horrors of Auschwitz. Hannah’s wartime experiences and those of Tom in rural Victoria are in stark contrast.
I loved the understated writing, the character development – that of Tom in particular – and the picture of life in rural Victoria during the 60s.