About "Twice Stolen"
After the death of his grandmother, Dimitri finds he's been lied to most of his life. His journey into the Outback to unravel the mystery of his identity leads to an encounter with Leah, a nurse with a tragic secret.
Meet the Author
A Married mum of four working as a community nurse and the author of the "10 Minute Daily Retreat" blog.
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This is an outstanding debut novel by Australian writer, Susanne Timpani. Susanne has crafted an engaging story of love and lost identity, bringing in the theme of the 'stolen generation' which has been one of Australia's most ignored acts of injustice until just recently. Susanne's knowledge of indigenous culture shows thorough research, and she has handled cultural heritage sensitively. Her characters, Dimitri and Leah both face issues of lost identity, and when they first find love together, it is put to the test by perceived ideas of racism and perfectionism. Susanne also takes an indepth look at the sensitive issue of breast cancer, which shows her medical knowledge is also well developed. I would recommend this story as a book to use in education, for discussion on many issues including Australian reconciliation, racism and other ideas of what makes a person good enough to love. But I would also recommend this book as an engaging story of a love between to young people who are searching for hope against all the odds.
The story revolves around a lot of secrets, which makes it difficult to describe without giving away spoilers. It also made parts of the story frustrating for me. Dimitri's grandparents lied to him and it was never explained why (and I don't understand how they got away with one of the lies). The ongoing conflict between Leah and Dimitri could have been solved with a conversation (while I understood why Dimitri stayed away from Leah, his initial assumption was ridiculous. So ridiculous it took me a while before I worked out what he'd thought). There were issues about timing that either didn't make sense, or skipped forward in time without adequately covering what one of the characters had been doing in the intervening timespan. I noticed this especially around Leah's health scare. And I thought Leah needed her head examined (but to tell you why would be a spoiler). Overall, the idea of Twice Stolen was excellent, but there were too many problems for it to be a truly outstanding novel, at least for me. Thanks to Armour Books for providing a free ebook for revie
I had the charm of reading a story that entwined and gathered momentum, required presence, reflection, and thought on the part of the reader. A journey to share with others, I read my first Christian fictional novel of any genre. The unfolding of the characters as they 'think aloud', shifted between pragmatics and meaning and the present and the past. The swelling of time and psyche effects on moments remembered and lived were evident throughout the book. The ultimate healings and reconciliations of past hurts and memories feathered throughout the story came to a wonderful climax and ending. I enjoyed the time shifts and appreciated the way time passage allowed the reader to not dwell on the disease treatment and recovery, whilst inferring the trauma enough, that readers' empathised with it through their own experiences. I loved the epilogue and thought it a wonderful ending that tied the book together from start to end bringing together all healings for all generations concerned. The pragmatics added depth and reality and fact providing substance, truth and outcome to a powerful qualitative life review. I look forward to future books with reflections on bible songs, psalms and readings. I had no idea what a Christian fictional romance, medical, indigenous work would look like. It exceeded my expectations, using 21st Century nuances well, leaving me wanting to "turn the page".
'Twice Stolen' is a compelling, well-written and carefully researched story that manages to blend romance, mystery and faith in an original and intriguing way. While it does deal with such serious topics as 'The Stolen Generation' and breast cancer, it is also an enjoyable and heart-warming read. Hats off to Susanne Timpani, not only for taking on such sensitive subjects but also for writing about them with empathy, wisdom and respect! The use of quotations from Song of Songs throughout and also the insights into Aboriginal culture add great depth and also a sense of timelessness to the story that I found particularly moving and thought provoking.
Dimitri has been raised by his extended Greek family since the death of his parents in a plane crash in the Australian outback when he was a young boy. Why will no-one talk about his parents, especially his mother? And why does he have a recurring dream that has haunted him for years? Meanwhile, midwifery student Leah is still getting over the death of her mother to breast cancer. She falls in love with Dimitri, but she has her own secrets. Will they be able to get past their hurts and move into the future together? This debut novel from South Australian author Susanne Timpani has a lot to offer. Although there is a love story at its heart, Timpani weaves some deeper issues throughout the plot, most notably themes surrounding the Stolen Generations. The characters also grapple with life and death issues, identity, ideas of beauty and value, and the kind of love needed to endure whatever life throws at it. Faith elements are woven into the story through parallels between the young couple's relationship and that of God's love for His beloved as expressed through Solomon's Song of Songs. If you like romance stories with an exploration of deeper issues of identity and value, you'll enjoy this book. Thank you to Armour Books for providing a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.