Publication Date: October 20, 2017
Paperback; 300 Pages
Genre: Fiction/Young Adult/Historical
She fancied herself part of a timeless chain without beginning or end, linked only by the silver strong words of its tellers.
In the year 1841, on the eve of her departure from London, Bridie’s mother demands she forget her dead father and prepare for a sensible, adult life in Port Phillip. Desperate to save her childhood, fifteen-year-old Bridie is determined to smuggle a notebook filled with her father’s fairytales to the far side of the world.
When Rhys Bevan, a soft-voiced young storyteller and fellow traveller realises Bridie is hiding something, a magical friendship is born. But Rhys has his own secrets and the words written in Bridie’s notebook carry a dark double meaning.
As they inch towards their destination, Rhys’s past returns to haunt him. Bridie grapples with the implications of her dad’s final message. The pair take refuge in fairytales, little expecting the trouble it will cause.
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My Review: Oh my goodness, Friends, this book. Some books take you on wonderful journeys. Some books introduce you to characters that become a permanent part of your memory. But others become so ingrained on your heart that you feel adrift when you turn the last page.
Welcome to The Tides Between.
Elizabeth Jane Corbett’s debut novel is absolutely captivating; an impressive feat for a debut. The Tides Between covers the story of fifteen-year old Bridie, who is immigrating from London to Australia in 1841 with her mother and step-father. Her father has recently passed away, and though her mother wishes otherwise, Bridie refuses to forget the hero that she so mourns for. Hidden away in her bag is a notebook, full of fairytales that her father wrote; stories that help Bridie to feel that her father is still with her.
On the ship to Australia, Bridie meets a memorable cast of characters, all of whom become an integral part of the book, Bridie’s life, and the readers’ world. (Here’s looking at you, Rhys.) Elizabeth Jane Corbett is not afraid to tell a realistic story, and does not shy away from describing the unsavory setting of a cramped immigrant vessel. From the smells, to illnesses, to lice, to the desperate emotional needs of real people, crammed into tiny quarters together with no room to breathe. More than a coming of age story for Bridie, it’s a story of redemption. A story of hope. A story of grief and healing. And even a call to remember that magic is not just for fairytales.
When Elizabeth Jane Corbett isn’t writing, she works as a librarian, teaches Welsh at the Melbourne Celtic Club, writes reviews and articles for the Historical Novel Society and blogs at elizabethjanecorbett.com. In 2009, her short-story, Beyond the Blackout Curtain, won the Bristol Short Story Prize. Another, Silent Night, was short listed for the Allan Marshall Short Story Award. An early draft of her debut novel, The Tides Between, was shortlisted for a HarperCollins Varuna manuscript development award.
Elizabeth lives with her husband, Andrew, in a renovated timber cottage in Melbourne’s inner-north. She likes red shoes, dark chocolate, commuter cycling, and reading quirky, character driven novels set once-upon-a-time in lands far, far away.
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