Mothers and Daughters takes four mothers onto a journey to a remote Aboriginal community north of Broome, they take their four daughters (former schoolmates) to get reacquainted and show them some of Australia.
But as is the case with most family holidays, it doesn’t all go according to plan.
Ladd writes with gentle Australian flavour that I admire and her characters – from the altruistic Amira to the casually racist Fiona – are believable, even if their friendship doesn’t always seem organic.
While Mothers and Daughters had me daydreaming of a Aussie holiday, the pace of the storyline did not increase until towards the very end and I began to wonder on occasion where this story was headed.
Still, it was a satisfying read and a fair warning to young girls about the perils of trying to grow up too fast.