Stella and Margie
Series : N/A
Publisher : Random Books Australia
Source : Publisher
Release Date : January 2nd 2018
A beautiful novel about two women – a generation apart – thrown together by circumstance, who slowly come to love and understand one another.
Stella and her mother-in-law Margie are two very different women.
Stella is kind, compassionate and just a little chaotic. Margie is prickly, demanding and a stickler for convention. Stella has exciting dreams for the future. Margie has only bitter memories of the past.
When Margie needs help recovering from a major operation, Stella offers her a place to stay. With no other options, Margie returns to the family farm where for decades, until Stella’s arrival, she was the one in charge.
Margie has never made life easy for her daughter-in-law, and that’s not going to change now she’s been made a guest in her former home.
But as the dry summer turns to a beautiful autumn, the two women gradually form an unlikely bond, as the ambitions, secrets, and tragedies that have shaped their lives are slowly uncovered…
Women we share a bond, a kindredship that unexplainable no matter what despite what society dictates . Stella and Margie explores this beautiful bond in a stirring story about two woman from the same family who seemingly so far apart that a bond seems unthinkable. However this isn’t a story about
I started this book late one night and read into the early hours of next day, glued to the story of Stella and Margie As this situation is not uncommon but this story was raw and honest in a way that I didn’t expect it to be. Mother and daughter in law, is a relationship that can be tempestuous or perfect depending on who you asked. A relationship that is built on the backbone of another relationship and in this one it hasn’t been smooth sailing ever since they first met.
Stella is the youthful free spirit who always on the go and dreamt big . No expecting to become a farmer’s wife and what Margie expected given the family history. However she has a forgiving heart and when Margie forced by circumstances to rely on her family . Stella comes rescues her from her hospital bed where it opens up old wounds. Told in dual perspective ,the women welcome us into their lives and thoughts as they live together and deal with life and more as they come to learn to love and understand each other.
Margie’s return to the family property is not welcomed exactly. Ross carries scars of his mother’s treatment and sees her as interloper . She left the place in a huff not wanting to do anything with Ross’s new wife. The years haven’t been kind since to Margie. She become a woman that has been consumed by hate and hurt. She is a bitter old woman and her voice shows no love in the beginning. She has been left to her own devices, not wanting to be part of the family until now when Stella makes her become part of the family.
Stella brought change to the family and is a bright woman, bringing warmth in to the story with her love. She wants to help even though it out of family obligations. Though it turns out for the best as we soon discover through both voices. That age holds no boundaries and there is a bond waiting to be discovered.
Margie has a complex story and makes for some hard reading. Her voice may be of a bitter woman but it soon turns into a complex layered story that has it fair share of heartache, hurt and more. Margie is a battler and doesn’t understand change. She lives in the past and she doesn’t understand how her son and family live with no respect for the past. Given how they are shaped by some of the events and changed things forever .
However Stella never backs down and her careful coaching once she learns part of this complex story of Margie shows how a relationship can be build and fruitful. That you aren’t dictacted by the past and mistakes made. Stella never shows too much weakness though she gets frustrated with the chores of a farmer’s wife . She may fussed over the stuff she hates but she becomes a champion of Margie. A voice for a woman that has lost her’s
Two powerful voices in two ordinary woman , this is a story that is overwhelming piece of fiction .
Championing the past and the present together in the form of these two ladies who represent the two generation of a family that is torn by secrets and more . Stella and Margie is a stirring story that you don’t want to put down. Using family and the bonds of woman to write a poetic story that tackles the hard truths and love can be a powerful thing.