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By: Debra Star

Escape to Woodshine

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This compassionate novel depicts the disrupted lives of Greta and her daughter Lily, forced to abruptly relocate due to the unendurable violent behaviour of Pat, Greta’s volatile, alcoholic husband. Their move lands mother and daughter in the rural Australian town of Woodshine – a new beginning offering hope after trauma’s storm.

Yet forward is the only direction, Lily just five years old. A tranquil childhood shattered, she grapples beyond her years while still cradling stuffed toys at bedtime, seeking security. Greta battles exhaustion from hypervigilance, longing to banish bad dreams. Their refuge in Woodshine brings peace step by step – a gentle landlord, good-hearted townsfolk and possibility breathing optimism into each new day.

As Lily plays in grassy meadows under boundless skies, glimmers emerge that broken spirits can mend. While the indelible scars remain, maybe here they can continue writing their story without fear at the helm. Just maybe this move marks the start of budding happiness taking root for not just survival – but life thriving in the sunshine.

Debra Star was born in Australia, and this is where she currently resides. As a sole parent she raised her seven children, whilst primarily working in the community welfare sector. Being the daughter of a well published and prolific author, from the age of twelve Debra started to follow in the family’s footsteps and she began to write. Her early poetry was soon followed by completed short stories, many of which were based on her own life experiences.

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