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She dreamed of finding a new life…
Georgetown, Guyana 1970. Seven-year-old Rita is running wild in her ramshackle white wooden house by the sea, under the indulgent eye of her absent-minded father. Surrounded by her army of stray pets, free to play where she likes and climb the oleander trees, she couldn’t feel more alive.
But then her new stepmother Chandra arrives and the house empties of love and laughter. Rita’s pets are removed, her freedom curtailed, and before long, there’s a new baby sister on the way. There’s no room for Rita anymore.
With her father distracted by his new family, Rita spends more time alone in her bedroom. Desperate to fill up the hollow inside her, she begins to talk to the only photo she has of her mother Cassie, a woman she cannot remember.
Rita has never known what happened to Cassie, a poor farmer’s daughter from the remote Guyanese rainforest. Determined to find the truth, Rita travels to find her mother’s family in an unfamiliar land of shimmering creeks and towering vines. She finds comfort in the loving arms of her grandmother among the flowering shrubs and trees groaning with fruit. But when she discovers the terrible bruising secret that her father kept hidden from her, will she ever be able to feel happiness again?
A beautiful and inspiring story that will steal your heart and open your eyes. Fans of The Secret Life of Bees, The Vanishing Half and The Other Half of Augusta Hope will be captivated by The Far Away Girl.
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Praise for Sharon Maas:
‘Heartbreaking… This truly is a powerful story that will fascinate and engross you from the very beginning until the very end.’ What’s Better than Books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Wow, what a stunning book it is!… breathtakingly beautiful and I was completely absorbed… a heartbreaking story, I went through a whole realm of emotions… I was totally enthralled.’ Blooming Brilliant Books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I absolutely loved this tale and felt quite bereft when it ended. I can't wait for the next instalment… What a fabulous author and a superb book. 5 stars from me.’ Met Line Reader, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Wow!… Such a powerful story, so brilliantly narrated, in such a way that you feel part of it all and are left bereft when it is finished… I LOVED this story so much. So poignant and touching and heartbreaking… All the descriptions are so visceral and beautiful. I loved this book. I lived it.’ Renita D’Silva, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A powerful story with so much depth your ears might pop, I absolutely loved this book. I was completely absorbed by this stunning story… Another exceptional read from Sharon Maas, 5*.’ Purple Book Stand, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Why on earth haven't I read anything by Sharon Maas before? I loved this – beautifully written, touched my heart, and quite enthralling.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐