Where Wild Black Swans are Flying by Lynne Cairns. (2019).
**4 out of 5 stars**
**Thank you to the author for getting in contact and sending me a free copy of this novel, I am very appreciative**
A tale of Western Australia’s Swan River Colony.
In the Swan River Colony there was nothing but sand, forest and scrub. But little Becky had lived here since babyhood and knew no other life. Left alone in the wild after her father’s death, Becky is rescued by Aboriginal people and travels with them for some months, before being taken in by a young widow struggling to raise her little sons on a remote farm. Then teenage Becky finds a lasting love. But life is never a fairy tale, and fate has much more trauma in store for her before she can finally find happiness.
I really enjoyed this historical fiction story set in Western Australia. I haven’t read too many novels set in this time in history really, but the ones I have were all based around immigrants and comparisons to where they used to live; this novel centres around Becky who has known no other life since being a baby and I appreciated that difference. I found Becky a likeable lead character and her story was interesting; albeit with more than her fair share of trauma (some readers may find certain scenes distressing). I loved the relationship she developed with Meg after moving in with her. I also really enjoyed the chapters prior to that where Becky was living with Aboriginal people who rescued her. It was clear that the author has well researched the lifestyle of both the settlers/settlers’ descendants and the Indigenous people of this time period.
Overall: an engaging and well written historical fiction that will particularly please readers who have an interest in or connection to Western Australia and it’s history.