When the Snow Gums Dance by Anne McCullagh Rennie

(Photo showing how the snow gum adapts to the weight of the snow by bending its branches. Photo by John Heyman from Wikipedia)

When I started this novel, I thought that it was relaxing holiday reading.  However, the story took an extremely miserable turn, and it was a little grim after that.  However, Rennie shines with her characterization and her descriptions of the beautiful settings in the book, including Australia's snow country, Whistler in Canada and San Francisco.  Kylie is a likeable, exuberant heroine and the hero is also lovely, although I didn't like his name. I also found the description of doing aid work interesting.

I will read more books by Rennie, but I hope that they're happier!


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