Author, Alyth Darwin, has crafted a moving story with a deft, gentle touch, revealing a deep level of emotional insightfulness, and a strong awareness of the complexities of human nature. Vivienne Bailey, Librarian, Freelance Writer.
Alyth Darwin’s latest
Venturing around the Baltic and through Southern Norway gave Alyth ideas for her second book.
She loved the mountains which reminded her of the South Island, and the Scandinavian environment would provide part of the setting for A Broken Chord.
The book is now available from Paper Plus in Coastlands.
A range of settings: Nelson, Norway, Christchurch
The novel begins with Kath, a music teacher in Nelson, New Zealand, receiving a very unexpected telephone call. The content of the call prompts memories of a holiday spent in Europe and in Norway, over twenty-five years earlier. It was a holiday which changed her life.
Her experiences of her youthful travels, and how they tied up with the rest of Kath’s life back home in New Zealand, presented her with many a dilemma. She was challenged to work through difficulties with hope, and to treasure times of great happiness with those closest to her.
Readers may never have experienced life’s journey quite as she did, but may be able to empathise with her, as they reflect upon the twists and turns of their own lives.
Moving smoothly between the majesty of Norway’s fjords and the 2010/2011 earthquakes that devastated the South Island city of Christchurch, ‘A Broken Chord’ gives readers a window into the drama, secrets and ordinariness, of real life. Vivienne Bailey