The Other Side of the Season Everything has a reflectionAnd there s another side to every storyWhen offering to drive her brother to Byron Bay to escape the bitter Blue Mountain s winter Sidney neglects to mention her planned de

  • Title: The Other Side of the Season
  • Author: Jenn J. McLeod
  • ISBN: 9781925030310
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • Everything has a reflectionAnd there s another side to every storyWhen offering to drive her brother to Byron Bay to escape the bitter Blue Mountain s winter, Sidney neglects to mention her planned detour to the small seaside town of Watercolour Cove.Thirty five years earlier, Watercolour Cove is a very different place Two brothers are working the steep, snake infestedEverything has a reflectionAnd there s another side to every storyWhen offering to drive her brother to Byron Bay to escape the bitter Blue Mountain s winter, Sidney neglects to mention her planned detour to the small seaside town of Watercolour Cove.Thirty five years earlier, Watercolour Cove is a very different place Two brothers are working the steep, snake infested slopes of a Coffs Coast banana plantation Seventeen year old David does his share, but the budding artist spends too much time daydreaming about becoming the next Pro Hart and skiving off with the teasing and tantalisingly pretty Tilly from the neighbouring property His older brother, Matthew, has no time for such infatuations His future is on the land and he plans to take over the Greenhill plantation from his father.Life is simple on top of the mountain for David, Matthew and Tilly until the winter of 1979 when tragedy strikes, starting a chain reaction that will ruin lives for years to come Those who can, escape the Greenhill plantation One stays trapped on the mountain and haunted by memories and lost dreams That is, until the arrival of a curious young woman, named Sidney, whose love of family shows everyone the truth can heal, what s wrong can be righted, the lost can be found, and ere s another side to every story.

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    1. Love your writing JennMy View:Jenn J McLeod’s writing is just going from strength to strength. Her latest book is complex with sensitively written contemporary issues regarding identity, family, truth and abuse of children in care gently woven into the multi layered narrative. Jenn’s gentle approach lets readers enjoy the narrative and mysteries absorbing the issues without schoolmarmish lessons being given. The settings are exquisitely Australian, I love the area around Coffs Harbour/Sapphi [...]

    2. First published at: bookmusterdownunder.c“As I peer through the window, Of lost time, Looking over my yesterdays, Through the mirror of my mind, Time after time, I see reflections of you and meReflections of the way life used to be” – Diana Ross and The SupremesThe Other Side of the Season is Jenn J. McLeod’s fourth novel in her Seasons Collection (which are all stand-alone novels) but this, perhaps, could be her best yet. As usual, Jenn’s capabilities managed to sweep me away with her [...]

    3. This is another book telling stories in two time frames and you know that in time they will connect somehow. One is present day with Sidney and her brother Jake, who are on route to Byron Bay. What Jake does not know till later is that Sidney has a plan to stop off and find out more about their family since their mother will never talk about the past. Sidney, who has just broken up with Damien after seven years together, is desperate for any information about her family she can find. Sidney and [...]

    4. 'The Other Side of the Season' by Australian author Jenn J McLeod is another story in the family secrets/dual time genre. It moved along nicely between the present and the 1970s, the tropical northern NSW setting pulled you in, and most of the characters were believable, apart from the excruciating Tilly. The ending disappointed me as a specific climaxing incident that occurred did not really have to happen and seemed too manipulative on the part of the author.

    5. Another masterpiece by Jenn J McLeod. I really enjoyed this book which focussed on first love and the importance of family. It is a complex tale set in a delightful part of Australia. The skill of the author is evident in the strong emotions she aroused in me regarding the characters and in the unexpected conclusion. Highly recommended.

    6. I find dual timeline stories intriguing and in reading this one I felt as though I had hit the jackpot. Both the times chosen were interesting, the 1970s and the present day.For me, the characters were real, flawed and complex. Some were instantly relatable while others were harder to appreciate. This book played with my emotions( in a good way) as I cared about the characters. It was one of those books that I both wanted to finish and equally one that I didn't want to end. The landscape is a pa [...]

    7. A delightful read, full of sweet moments, some sad and pensive ones, and a welcoming underlying humor. Undeniably there is another side to each story. So far my Jenn McLeod’s favorite book.

    8. A lovely end to the Seasons Collection, and I'm so glad to have read every one.For me, I'm going to pick Simmering Season as the book I liked best, so while this one isn't going to be my favourite, it has been a great hit with reviewers here and on .Jenn has a great way of putting words on the page that make for easy reading, and enjoyable characters. In this book I particularly liked Sidney's brother Jake, and his love interest Pearl but my favourite scene involved Sidney with a fisherman on th [...]

    9. The Other Side of the Season is the first book of Jenn’s I have read. I won it through a Facebook competition held by another author and am incredibly happy that I have. I love a good Aussie book by a good Aussie author and strive to try and support Aussie talent where I can.This book was incredibly hard to put down. I found myself constantly cursing anything that made me put the book down. Makes me miss the days where I could sit around all-day and read. It was so easy to read and even though [...]

    10. It's always great when an author you really enjoy produces a book a year - it means you never have to wait too long for their next instalment. As for the past few years, Jenn's latest book was on my "must read" list for the year and, like the last three, The Other Side Of The Season did not disappoint. Given the "Season" in the title I thought it might tie in with Jenn's previous three books, but it is actually a complete stand alone with no connection to her other books. I didn't mind that, in [...]

    11. Sidney Hill and her brother Jake arrived at Watercolour Cove with Jake unaware his sister had decided on the detour before Byron Bay. They had left the Blue Mountains and their mother for a holiday after Sidney’s heartbreaking split from her boyfriend of seven years, Damien. In leaving, she had also lost her job and her home – she felt now was a good time to do some research into her family’s past as her mother refused to discuss it.In 1979, thirty five years prior to Sidney and Jake’s a [...]

    12. The two threads of this novel unfold almost in parallel: as siblings Sid and Jake arrive in Watercolour Cove in the present time; we simultaneously meet the wealthy Greenhill family and their neighbours on banana plantations in 1979.I inhaled much of this book – wanting to know more about Sidney and the unfolding family drama around her. But then things changed… *cue dramatic music*As it happens my main qualm with the book isn’t really anything to do with the writing or characters… but r [...]

    13. Jenn J McLeod draws past and present into a heart-wrenching climax in The Other Side of the Season, leaving readers with a bittersweet mix of sadness and hope. While some of the storyline fell into place early on, Jenn saved one big shock for last. Part of me knew it was coming, and I felt this sense of dread as I read the final chapters, not wanting to be right, but sensing it was how it had to be.As always, Jenn shows her love for this country through her setting, but this time the strength of [...]

    14. The Other Side of the Season by Jenn J McLeod is a wonderfully written book. This book follows a timeline from 1979 and 2016 and flows effortlessly backwards and forwards and shows how the main characters are intertwined. There is laughter, love, loss and tragedy. McLeod has written beautifully, not only the light and happiness, she describes the dark parts of her book with understanding that is very believable.Descriptions of the scenery and artwork shows her passion for beautiful things. Jenn [...]

    15. The Other Side of the Season is a mysterious, Australian novel set near Byron Bay. It’s the fourth book by Australian author, Jenn J McLeod and it’s basically like an onion. As you read the prose it’s like another layer is slowly stripped away to reveal something more and slightly different. The Other Side of the Season is a heart-warming tale that proves that there are often multiple sides to a story and that each perspective is often as valid and as important as the other.To read the res [...]

    16. Another wonderful tale from Jenn McLeod. I enjoyed it from start to finish. Fast-paced without losing any emotional punch, this is a story that will sweep you away and keep you turning pages. Interesting well drawn characters and a gripping plot. I devoured it in a few sittings. Absolutely loved it. Well done Jenn!

    17. The lives of one generation shape the next, but there may be more than one side to the story, in this novel by Australian author Jenn J McLeod. A longer review will be published on my blog, Kathryn's Inbox, in late April 2016.Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for providing me with an ARC.

    18. It was a great read not to keen on the mother but she redeemed herself by the end of the book.

    19. I have enjoyed all of Jenn's stories, but her latest is a stand-out. It flows beautifully between past and present as the heartbreaking family saga unfolds. I loved it!

    20. Sidney is on a mission to uncover a family mystery, but afraid of what she will find in the tiny town of Watercolor Cove.I enjoyed watching Sidney uncover the truth about where her mother came from, at the same time she discovered what she really wanted in life. But a tragedy that divided the local community many years ago threatens to unravel her dreams.There were some great characters in this story, all with very different personalities and life outlooks, and I particularly enjoyed seeing life [...]

    21. Jenn J McLeod writes about small towns and in ‘The Other Side of the Season’ she writes about the lovely Blue Mountains and a place called Watercolour Cove. For a start I love the title and the cover is compelling and it didn’t take me long to feel I knew siblings Sidney and Jack who travel to Watercolour Cove from their mountain home. I always enjoy books where the past impacts on the present and that is what I found in The Other Side of the Season. Jenn McLeod paints a picture of the bea [...]

    22. I loved this story, Jenn J. McLeod has a way of writing that draws you in and engages you with the characters lives. A story about family, searching for family and adventure I definitely recommend reading it

    23. This is the 4th book in the Seasons collection though they aren’t really a series. The books stand just as well on their own, and I am still yet to read the first two but I do really want to.The Other Side of the Season is set in a different location to the first books as well, this time we are off to the Blue Mountains and a little town close to Byron Bay called Watercolour Cove.McLeod has again woven two timelines into a suspenseful and intriguing story that kept me captivated, it also kept [...]

    24. The Other Side of the Season to me is Jenn’s best work so far. It almost seems that the other three novels have been just a teaser of Jenn’s talent.To me this book is more drama and intrigue with a touch of a love story compared to her other books.There is a single page at the front which seems to not fit anywhere when you first read it but as you go along there comes a time when all becomes clear and shows there is another side to every story. It’s 2015 Sidney and Jake are two siblings lo [...]

    25. The Other Side of the Season is Australian author Jenn J McLeod’s fourth novel. I firmly believe that after having the pleasure of reading Jenn’s previous works, this release is easily her best work yet. The Other Side of the Season is a novel that places McLeod as Australia’s premier contemporary fiction novelists.Following on from her ‘seasons’ theme, which McLeod has covered in her previous three novels, McLeod’s latest novel hints at how the shift in seasons can imprint on our li [...]

    26. McLeod delivers a story packed with pathos, Aussie wit and a great sense of place. At the heart of this story are children—wanted or unwanted, loved or discarded. The treatment of children in care and the way unwed mothers were treated thirty-five years ago is woven into character and story in a way that gets under your skin. In The Other Side of the Season the main characters are vibrant and so real you feel you could sit down and talk with them—or, as is the case with Tilly, give them a ta [...]

    27. This novel tells the story of Sidney and her brother Jake who are heading up the NSW coast to Byron Bay. They get as far as the banana growing area of Coffs Harbour called Watercolour Cove and Sidney is on a mission to discover information about her family and her grandfather, who is imprisoned in the jail in the area. The story is told in different time periods, past, middle and present. There are so many likeable characters in this book, each with a past. Sidney is recovering from a break-up w [...]

    28. Another fantastically woven tale from Jenn J McLeod. At first I wasn't sure how this book would come together but Jenn never disappoints and a story rich in vibrant settings, heart-breaking emotions and well-developed characters was slowly revealed and I couldn't stop reading until the final conclusion. I cried several times, laughed and my heart was warmed by this story of mistakes, tragedy, regret and the love of family. Well done on your fourth book Jenn, it was a wonderful read and one I'll [...]

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