Author: Susan Duncan
Format: Personal copy
From Goodreads: Continuing the story of Susan Duncan's much-loved memoir, Salvation Creek, this book picks up after Bob and Susan marry and, two years later, move from her Tin Shed into his "pale yellow house on the high, rough hill," Tarrangaua, built for the iconic Australian poet, Dorothea Mackellar. Set against the backdrop of the small, close-knit Pittwater community with its colorful characters and quirky history, this story is about what happens when you open the door to life, adventure, and love. But it's also about mothers and daughters, as Susan confronts her mother's new frailty and her own role in what has always been a difficult relationship. Where Salvation Creek was about mortality—living life in the face of death—The House is about stepping outside your comfort zone and embracing challenges, at any age. In turn funny and moving, Susan Duncan's beautifully written sequel reminds us to honor what matters in life, and to disregard what really doesn't.
What I thought: I loved Salvation Creek, it's description of life in areas of Pittswater accessible only by boat reflect my own island living so much I frequently found my self exclaiming yes! or nodding in agreement.
While Salvation Creek documented Duncan's journey through cancer and her discovery of a quieter, simpler life, The House at Salvation Creek was about Ducan's search for the origins of Tarrangaua, the house her and her husband live in that was built for the famous Australian poet, Dorethea Mackellar. Through this book, Duncan tries to establish who the architect was for the iconic house. Interwoven is her continuing love affair with Pittwater and it's lifestyle.
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Today tell me if you long for a quieter, simpler life.