The Blue Mile by Kim Kelly

The Blue Mile by Kim Kelly

Sydney, N.S.W. : Macmillan, 2014. 440 pages.

Found on the Adult Fiction shelves at F KELLY and as a Talking Book at TB KEL CD

Plot Summary : The week before Christmas, 1929, Eoghan O’Keenan loses his factory job, and has to flee the slums of Chippendale with his seven-year-old sister Agnes.On the north side of Sydney at Lavender Bay, Olivia Greene is working on her latest millinery creations and dreaming of becoming the next Coco Chanel.
A job on the Harbour Bridge for Eoghan, designing couture for the Governor’s wife for Olivia, and a chance meeting in the Botanic Gardens sees the beginning of an unconventional romance. From vastly different backgrounds, with absolutely nothing in common – from faith to wealth and class – it seems that the blue mile of harbour between Olivia and Eoghan will be the least of the obstacles ahead.
By mid-1932, as the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is completed, the city is in chaos as the Great Depression begins to bite hard and the unemployed edge ever closer to a violent revolt and then Eoghan disappears.
Set against the spectacular backdrop of Sydney Harbour, The Blue Mile is a tale of the both wild and calculated risks a city took to build a wonder of the world, and of those taken by ordinary people to save a great love, against all of the odds. (Source: Fantastic Fiction)

Review : Kim Kelly lives in Orange, New South Wales.  The Blue Mile is her third novel.

This new Australian saga was a touching and heartbreaking story of love and loss set against the backdrop of a harrowing period in Australian history in the 1930’s.

Loved the story, the setting, the history and the characters.

Reviewed by : Carolyn

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