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Rosy Fenwicke
Author
Empty Nest
Euphemia Sage and Jane travel to the historic Oakhill Station in the Wairarapa to complete the accounts for the handsome and single owner. He leaves when they arrive and mysteriously does not return. His wildlife sanctuary is sabotaged and money is missing. Is a triad really to blame for the misfortunes happening to the Kincaides or are more sinister forces at work. Euphemia's super powers are put to the test as are her cattle wrangling skills. Book 3 in the Euphemia Sage series will delight and keep you reading to the action packed end.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 7.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Book three in the Euphemia series, Empty Nest, keeps the reader interested as they read about a lonely corner of New Zealand. Perhaps what Rosy Fenwicke does best is write about an often overlooked and underestimated group - middle-aged women. 

Prose: Fenwicke's prose is easy to follow, and paints a clear image of the bucolic, quiet countryside. She has an aptitude for writing about beautiful, yet morose, areas, and everything within the novel feels a touch sinister. Occasionally jumpy storytelling would benefit from additional smoothing over. 

Originality: Empty Nest stands apart through its focus on an oft-ignored demographic and a unique, vividly portrayed location. 

Character/Execution: Euphemia, as the main character, is the most sympathetic character in the book. While some interactions throughout the novel can feel somewhat stilted, Fenwicke represents the complicated inner world of the characters well, diving into their insecurities, desires, wants, and needs. Eschewing standard matriarchs in maternal roles, Fenwicke features women with a wide range of personalities, emotions, and egos. 

Date Submitted: April 04, 2022

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