KATHY, YASS, NEW SOUTH WALES
Catlyne, Tess shared your beautiful book with me, I have just finished it, and wanted you to know how much I enjoyed it. The descriptions of the West Aussie bush are so evocative - you can almost smell the red sand, the eucalypts, the air. The meetings of the echidna and the wedge tailed eagle - so beautiful! The parallel between the happenings in the mine and the corporate offices and what is happening in The Real World right now is pretty extraordinary. A lesson for us all. Congratulations on your wonderful book. Thanks Tess, for sharing.,
JAN, ARMADALE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
I really enjoyed your book. I was engaged in the first couple of chapters and then didn't want to put it down. Your descriptions of country brought me back to places I had been with new eyes and made me want to visit places I hadn't been to. Well done for your first effort and I look forward to the next book.
ANNE, GOOSEBERRY HILL, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
I enjoyed your book, which I read in one great rush yesterday as the story kept my interest. There are some places in the book that I went to with my husband, including a wonderful day at Boyagin Rock with 2 grandchildren.
DAVID, EXETER, UNITED KINGDOM
My main reason for writing is to congratulate you Catlyne on your truly magnificent first novel. I have to be honest, when I started reading it, I thought it was going to be a woman’s take on a sentimental love story. As I read on, the plot started to unfold and I got to the point where I had to read on at every spare moment I had. The added two bonuses It offered were the very descriptive and knowledgeable views of the area around Perth and an insight into the ways of the Aborigines. It changed my view of them and how they hold on dearly to the ways of their forefathers. Prior to reading your book,I had a view that they were a bunch of no hope people who were against change. You certainly have changed my view and I now have a far better understanding of their way of life. In my view all good books should have a happy ending and this one lived up to my expectations. Many many congratulations on a wonderful book that had many twist and turns to the story line. I look forward to your next one !!
CATHY, LEIDEN, THE NETHERLANDS
Hello Catlyne. Reading your book is addictive. I'm now approximately halfway and genuinely loving it !!! Just having a break and walking the doggies to get some fresh air. But your words are fabulous as are the details from nature. Will write more later.
Hi Catlyne. Here I am again! This afternoon I finished your book sitting in the sun in the garden. I really thoroughly enjoyed your book! A real page turner. I just couldn't stop until the end! So well written, so vivid, it feels like you get to know the characters personality. So very many thanks for your fantastic story. I am certain you will get only positive reactions.
And btw I now understand and more love your message in the booK. And the title as well! Loved that explanation with the stargazing moments.
TREVOR, ALBANY WESTERN AUSTRALIA
A great read. I thoroughly recommend this book.
JACKY, BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND
Her power of description, and evocation of place are wonderful.
JEAN, PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Passion, talent and a story with heart .
BOB, ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
A very enjoyable, topical and engaging read, building gradually chapter by chapter until the climactic resolution in the last pages. I thought your writing was beautiful and purposeful. Your language evoked the landscape and spirit of the places visited, well beyond a superficial description of objects and people. The central device of a camera, and the use of that device to reveal new perspectives and angles, new experiences of light and shade, was very clever. I especially liked your symbolic references to the resurrection plant, and to the soaring/ gliding eagle. Your dialogue also seemed natural. I can tell that you chose each word carefully, and edited and re-edited diligently.
ESKE, NEW ZEALAND
Now back to your remarkable book! I had to put it aside after suddenly receiving 4 days work. I finished it last night, and like I mentioned last time I thought it had amazing writing in it. And like last time I will tell you again that you have it in you to continue writing on an even more substantial level. Though there was a spiritual and ethical aspect to it, the story was ultimately plot and romance-driven. I think you can build on your spiritual and moral insights and, supported by your gift for describing nature and bringing it to life, you could write a novel in which the ethical dilemma plays a weightier role. But the main thing is, I enjoyed the book very much! I am very impressed by how you brought this off.
I wish you much deserved success with it.
GEORGIE, ALBANY WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Good morning Catlyne
I have just finished reading ‘Spaces Between’. I normally get up early and exercise first thing but read instead on this drizzly morning!
I really enjoyed your novel for a number of reasons.
We have travelled and enjoy camping in the bush and I could relate to the descriptions of the drive to Hyden, photography and exploration of the characters.
Having lived and worked in an aboriginal community in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands (Blackstone) I could relate to the community life, characters within it and your portrayal of conditions and issues that confront the people on daily basis. Well done on that!!!
Our many visits to Kalgoorlie and living in Port Hedland for 4 years gave us insight into the mining industry and opinions from people on both sides of the fence. Our daughter worked for the KLC which gave us further insight into the valuing of Aboriginal Land and Native Title.
I think you have done a great job in weaving a love story around many of the issues we have in Western Australia and the exploitation of Aboriginal people. I must say the climax was one real page-turner!!!!
Anyway Catlyne I just wanted to give you some immediate feedback. Congratulations and I hope Spaces Between sells well. What a shame your launch couldn’t happen at the moment…guess it will have to wait 6 months like everything else!!!
WENDY, PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
I love this story. It's the wonderful journey of Laura - a woman coming into her own. Catlyne draws out Laura's journey against all that is magical and wild about the Australian bush. The parallel between this land and Laura's journey is powerful - both seeking and finding pathways to be themselves. Always drawn to stories of personal resilience, I find Laura's journey particularly inspiring. She shifts from being unsure of herself and her strength at the beginning of the book, through the pain of abandonment and deceit, into a woman confident in who she is and what she stands for. Only then can she fight for the world as she wants it to be, and win. A great read, I recommend this book to anyone who seeks and enjoys stories of personal growth through overcoming obstacles.
LINDA, PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Set in the south of Western Australia, this is an extremely powerful story of a woman exploring her environment who ends up finding herself and an unexpected love. Catlyne captures a snapshot in time describing the fragility and changing hues of the natural environment where the city meets the bush, reflecting Laura’s own fragility and the need for her to adapt to new circumstances. There are elements of the significance of the land to the Aboriginal people while adding the complexities industry has had in disrupting an age-old culture. I imagine many people will read this book reminiscing about places they may have visited and hold memories, making connections, just as I did.
GERALDINE, FRANKLAND RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
A good compelling story. Well written.
DEBRA, PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Catlyne’s writing is superb - thoroughly engaging and evocative. I very much enjoyed her novel ‘Spaces Between’.
JUDY, PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Congrats on a wonderful novel. So enjoyable. I can't wait for the sequel.
EMMA, ALBANY, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
I finished it. I loved it. Honestly I haven’t read a fiction book as quickly in years. I’ve had real problems relaxing enough to be able to read since my son was born. I’m always so busy as a single parent, homeschooling, trying to build a business, I sit down, read a page and think of 400 things I need to do. The book that I finished so I could start this took me 18 months ... and to be honest I was a bit worried that I might not be able to get into yours and you would feel it’s a reflection on you. But I couldn’t put it down. I love how you have brought all of those things together. It’s intelligent but also an easy read. Perfect. So are you writing another one already ? Do you plan to?
KRIS, FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
I have just finished reading Spaces Between which Anne lent me. I am very impressed! Loved the unexpected twist at the end. I never knew you were even interested in writing. Such hidden talents live amongst us!