Violet Dimond, the Holy Terror, has delivered many of the town children in her capacity as handywoman. But Violet’s calling is dying out with medicine’s advances.
Grace, Violet’s adopted daughter, is a symbol of change herself. In the place where she has grown up and everyone knows her, she is accepted, though most of the locals never before saw a girl with skin that colour. For Violet and Grace the coming war will bring more upheaval: can they endure it, or will they be swept aside by history’s tide?
©2013 Patricia Ferguson (P)2013 Oakhill Publishing
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I was recommended this book by our book group. I thought the story was weak and the book over long. The characters were unbelievable and Grace's story rather naive. A lot more could have been made of it.
The narration for the book was good if a little comical at times.
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