'We don't say any words - everything has been said through two sets of eyes, two entangled souls and endless kissing.'
Evie has been raised in the heart of Aboriginal Redfern, by a proud trailblazing Wiradjuri family. She remembers so much about the previous world - the Dreamtime, the ancestors, and the knowing - but she also harbours a dark pain that is becoming almost too much to bear.
And then Evie meets James, a young man radiating pure love who fills her life with light. On the cusp of adulthood, with their whole lives ahead of them, they travel to Evie's beloved country, the central west of New South Wales and the Riverina regions. Swimming in the waters of the Kalare, as known by the Wiradjuri, and in the Murrumbidgee, singing with her ancestors, listening to the spirits.
The new world created between Evie and James is one they did not know they were missing. Now they can't leave it alone. They are no longer separate - they are one, they are whole together - until a sudden event leaves them seeking answers to one of life's most eternal questions - is love strong enough to withstand anything?
An intense and mesmerising story of first love and longing, suffused with Wiradjuri Dreaming, family and culture, about a future dreamt and a future taken, by an important new voice in Australian fiction.
This is an epic love story, with so much more!
Set in Redfern, nineteen-year-old Evie was born into a tight knit Wiradjuri family. She is currently a university student, but she is struggling - carrying the pain of being sexually abused when she was fifteen.
Then she bumps into James and they light up each other’s lives - and a whirlwind romance ensues. Evie takes James on a journey to meet her extended family on her beloved country, before they tell anyone of their plans to marry.
Sixty seven days is the time taken from the time of meeting to marrying. But then disaster strikes…
This is an important story filled with Wiradjuri dreaming and culture written by a tremendously talented new Australian author.
With themes of Indigenous culture and connection to country, true love, family ties and finding your future, this terrific book is suited to mature teens aged fifteen and above.
Reviewed by Rob