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‘Gifts Of The Peramangk’ by Dean Mayes

Golden beams of mid afternoon sun knifed down through the canopy of a weeping willow, whose leafy fingers swayed back and forth above a water hole. Silent explosions of light danced across the sunlit water like glittering fairies until they disappeared on the craggy shore.

This simple ballet regenerated itself, sustaining a hypnotic dance of light and movement which was reflected in the eyes of a child that sat on the bank of the water hole, just forward of the main trunk of the willow tree.

Transfixed by the beautiful dance, she tilted her head, allowing the light show to carry her imagination away.

Such is the power of this beautifully descriptive opening, that I close my eyes and can imagine myself there, experiencing the light, the warmth, the peace and serenity, everything which stimulates the imagination of this obviously sensitive child. Oh how I hope that the rest of the story is as deliciously enticing and alluring.

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As this was an author invitation to read and review, a Kindle download of  ‘Gifts Of The Peramangk’, was sent to me free of charge, by its author Dean Mayes.

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    • Hi Nikki,

      I said in my intro, that I hoped that the rest of the story was just as delicious and enticing, as those opening lines. Well, having now read quite a way into the story, I can confirm that the writing does indeed continue to meet that same excellent quality, however the storyline is far from the benign one I had anticipated. The story deals with some quite difficult and controversial issues, although this is done with the sensitivity and attention to detail, which I have come to expect from Dean Mayes. I can’t wait to read what happens next!

      Thanks for stopping by, have you any plans for the weekend?

      • It’s a quiet weekend for me thins time… Well, that’s what is planned. However, my niece has left her teddy bear here, so I suspect sher and her brother will come tomorrow and my quiet plans will go out of the window!

        • Hi Nikki,

          A quiet one here as well, hopefully. We have only just been away in Cornwall for a week, so I can’t think that either of us will be wanting to do anything too drastic!

          Also, the weather isn’t supposed to be too crash hot, is it? Although we have had none of the rain which was forecast for the last couple of days, let’s just hope that our luck will hold out for the weekend too!

          It is bound to rain soon, Wimbeldon is due to start!!

    • Hi Tracy,

      Dean has a writing style which I really like and don’t be too fooled by that serene opening paragraph!

      His words are descriptive, without as you say being too flowery and the storyline, which is so far, rather disturbing and quite brutal, he has dealt with in a sympathetic and understanding way.

      This is the second book which Dean has invited me to read and it has so far met and probably surpassed my expectations.

      Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

  • Hi Yvonne,

    This just popped up in my feed this morning so I couldn’t resist dropping you a line. I’m so pleased to hear that you’re enjoying this new novel and of course, I’ll look forward to your honest appraisal of it.

    Thanks again for your support. It really does mean a lot.

    • Hi Dean,

      I am still not quite half way through the book yet and I am finding it extremely hard to put down each morning, when work time comes around!

      I am longing for the ending to be the one which I hope is waiting in the wings, although I suspect that the getting there isn’t going to be a walk in the park!

      Beautiful writing and almost poetic prose, you totally deserve all those 5star ratings the book has received.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I appreciate it.

      • To walk the line between the poetic and straight up story telling was a conscious decision on my part. I was influenced by the beauty of the Peramangk countryside of the Adelaide Hills – which is actually very English in some ways – and a desire to entice the reader into the story and it’s initial innocence before drawing back the curtain on the darker under currents.

        I like to call it painting with words.


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