24th March 2017
Blueberry by Glenna Thomson
Blueberry was such a delightful read! The saying has never been truer - "don't judge a book by its cover."
Greer needs a change of scene, she was successful by all means, but life hits her hard. Greer takes on a dilapidated blueberry farm and finds that there’s more to the place than she originally thought! The former owner – a rather stubborn 81 year old gentleman who has an ear for jazz refuses to leave his home, which happens to be the same farm Greer just bought. So begins a bond between them as they share life, each shouldering the other through the inevitable trials and joys. It is a story of relationship in its purest of forms and a story of strength.
Glenna Thomson really understands human relationship and what it means to heal, love and learn. Set in the wistful country Victorian landscape, it’s easy to get lost in the atmosphere of this book. Blueberry deals with the reality of challenges in life – displayed beautifully through Greer, Charlie and the other characters of the book.
This book isn’t usually my first preference for genre, but I have to say it was delightfully surprising. Contemporary, a little bit funny and a whole lot of beautiful. It’s an absolute delight to see an author get their debut novel so right.
I'd recommend this book to people who enjoy contemporary Australian fiction with charmingly depicted Australian landscapes, or really just about anyone looking for a lazy read by the pool.