A Celebration of Female Friendships: Read an Extract from Birds of a Feather by Tricia Stringer

A Celebration of Female Friendships: Read an Extract from Birds of a Feather by Tricia Stringer

Eve Monk would never forget where she was and what she was doing the day she got the call to say her husband had been killed. She’d been packing the car, the bright orange Torana she and Rex had bought just after they were married. It was sixteen years old and Rex had bought several cars since but she loved the Torana. All that morning she’d been loading it with as many of the boys’ things as she could fit, along with a few items of her own. She’d gone back inside to get the washing basket from the laundry. It was full of dirty clothes but they were mostly school uniforms and the boys would need them.
The phone was ringing at the other end of the house. She hesitated, not wanting to answer, but she always worried it would be the school. There’d been plenty of calls from both her sons’ teachers over the last two years. No doubt after today they’d pick up in frequency again but it couldn’t be helped.

“Eve!” A voice bellowed at her down the line.

“Spiro?” Her heart skipped a beat at the sound of her friend and business partner’s voice. The trawlers had only gone out the previous night for the first fish of the season. She wasn’t expecting them back for a few days. She glanced at the sky through the big kitchen window. There was no sign of bad weather…

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        Publisher details

        Birds of a Feather
        Author
        Tricia Stringer
        Publisher
        HQ Fiction
        Genre
        Fiction
        ISBN
        9781489270870

        Synopsis

        When three women are thrown together by unusual circumstances, ruffled feelings are just the beginning. A wise, sharply observed celebration of the life-changing power of female friendships.

        Eve has been a partner in a Wallaby Bay fishing fleet as long as she can remember. Now they want her to sell - but what would her life be without work? She lives alone, her role on the town committee has been spiked by malicious gossip and she is incapacitated after surgery. For the first time in her life she feels weak, vulnerable - old.

        When her troubled god-daughter Julia arrives at Wallaby Bay, she seems to offer Eve a reprieve from her own concerns. But there is no such thing as plain sailing. Eve has another house guest, the abrasive Lucy, who is helping her recuperate and does not look kindly on Julia's desire for Eve's attention.

        But Lucy, too, has demons to battle and as each woman struggles to overcome their loss of place in the world, they start to realise that there may be more that holds them together, than keeps them apart.

        But will these birds of feather truly be able to reinvent what family means? Or will the secrets and hurts of the past shatter their precarious hold on their new lives ... and each other?

        Tricia Stringer
        About the author

        Tricia Stringer

        Tricia Stringer is a bestselling and multiple award-winning author. Her books include The Family Inheritance, The Model Wife, Table for Eight, and the rural romances Queen of the Road, Right as Rain, Riverboat Point, Between the Vines, A Chance of Stormy Weather, Come Rain or Shine and Something in the Wine. She has also published a historical saga; Heart of the Country, Dust on the Horizon and Jewel in the North are set in the unforgiving landscape of nineteenth-century Flinders Ranges. Tricia grew up on a farm in country South Australia and has spent most of her life in rural communities, as owner of a post office and bookshop, as a teacher and librarian, and now as a full-time writer. She lives in the beautiful Copper Coast region with her husband Daryl, travelling and exploring Australia's diverse communities and landscapes, and sharing her passion for the country and its people through her authentic stories and their vivid characters. For further information go to triciastringer.com or connect with Tricia on Facebook or Twitter @tricia_stringer

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