Skylarking by Kate Mildenhall. (2016).
**4 out of 5 stars**
As daughters of lighthouse keepers, Kate and Harriet are best friends growing up together on as isolated Australian cape in the 1880s. Everything changes with the arrival of the fisherman McPhail and Kate sees the attraction between Harriet and McPhail. One moment in his hut will change the girls’ lives forever.
*For those that don’t know, skylarking basically refers to silly/frivolous behaviour or playing around.
This intriguing novel is a fictional retelling of a real event. It is written very well and really immerses you into the story so you could easily imagine that this is really what happened. There isn’t a lot of action per se until the end but that doesn’t stop the book being quite riveting. Kate and Harriet’s friendship from small children to adolescence living in such a small community is very absorbing.
Overall, a great fiction book about a fascinating true story involving friendship, love and loss that made me want to look further into the real events.