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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Cry to the Wind is a historical novel by Dell Brand. Set during the time of the Australian gold rushes in the mid-nineteenth century, the plot focuses on fortune seeker Adam, who we meet just as he receives the news that his beloved wife and daughter have perished on their way to join him in Australia. With two young sons to care for, Adam battles his melancholia until he is well enough to seek work again, and an old flame by the name of Joey seems determined to rekindle their very brief romance. Against the backdrop of real historical events, Adam and Joey try to make a life for themselves in one of the most unpredictable and dangerous times in Australia’s history.
I was delighted to find a historical novel that’s written from the first person perspective, as so many writers tend to stick to the traditional omniscient literary narration. Due to this, Dell Brand’s characters really won me over and I felt that I knew them well, and loved them despite their numerous flaws. Cry to the Wind doesn’t shy away from torturing its heroes with disaster after disaster, but there are also moments of true sentiment, both romantic and familial. I was fascinated by the very well-researched detail and history of the piece, as it’s a part of Australian history that I knew absolutely nothing about until now. Overall, history fans will agree that Cry to the Wind is a very human story of survival set amidst a vivid and interesting period.