Betrayed by her husband, Annabelle Beck retreats from Melbourne to her old family home in tropical North Queensland. There she meets and begins work with Bo Rennie, one of the Jangga tribe.

Annabelle is intrigued by Bo’s modest claim that he holds the key to her future, and she sets out with him on a path of recovery that leads back to her childhood and into the Jangga’s ancient heartland, where secrets are uncovered which have been buried in her family for a generation. The terrible moral force of these secrets will challenge the possibility of happiness with this man.

It is never easy to predict how a book will be received, but the outcome can be surprising never-the-less. Journey to the Stone Country is a good example of this. Disguised as just another Australian novel, Stone gave us all something worth expressing. Our levels of enjoyment and perception varied just enough to make for a great discussion. Not just on the racial or historical issues that pervaded the book, but also on the author’s writing skills, research practice and particularly on how and why an author’s views can be embedded into a story. Visit our Over The Fence blog for more of our review.