Kayla’s journey carries us through diverse Australian climatic conditions with complete conviction.
The narrator’s voice is swift, sure and commands a poetic eye equipped for both inner and outer travel. Water. What could be more essential to life? Kayla has been gifted and tutored to respond to the assaults we’ve made on the most precious resource of this driest of continents. To redress the imbalance seems nigh impossible. Yet her actions inspire as does the defiant tenderness that moves us through these pages.
Central Australian Artist & Writer
2014 Chief Minister’s NT Book of the Year Award, One Thousand Cuts
2011 Prime Minister’s non-fiction award, and the NT Book of the Year
Just finished reading Kayla. I really love it, just awesome. Vital evocative message. Beautiful imagery. It made my heart sing.
Well worth publishing.
I would love to read the sequel of how Kayla discovers her self and her purpose in her ancestral home.
Finished reading this last night and love this poetically penned coming of age story of the young inspirational Kayla. I’m delighted she is a guardian of mother earth, her precious water and takes an unconventional approach to work and life. This is a lesson in self nurturing and bravery all rolled into one. Looking forward to the next instalment…
Wow, what a beautiful story. So richly told. I really connected with Kayla. And I was in tears at the end. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story. 5 stars!
I love the thought provoking take of this story, I loved being emotionally connected to the strong main character and her destiny. It dealt with current social issues reminding me of the delicate balance between nature and humans. The pace of the book was steady and consistent throughout and at no point did the story feel rushed. This great story had me captivated from start to end and left me feeling uplifted. Can hardly wait for the next one and the continuation of Kayla’s journey!
I love the transcendence of Kayla’s affinity to water, and the dimension beyond the usual that you bring to this story. It’s expanded beyond narrative into allegory while maintaining the linear story, and thus operating on more than one level.
The literal narrative unfolds fluidly and Kayla’s travels provide a wide ranging portrait of Australian country and regional life. Your descriptions of the landscapes are as ever full of the senses. I can feel and smell and see and touch and taste as you write about the dust, and the moistness, and the eucalypts and the sand ….
The whole novella throbs with authenticity and sincerity and passion. It stands alone. It cries out for more!
KAYLA is a mysterious and beautiful story. Impassioned by an intuitive knowledge, Kayla leaves conventional school and family life at fifteen to pursue her dreams. Amongst many themes it speaks about social connectivity, politics and finding oneself. It is slowly thrilling and draws on the deep secrets of water. You can almost smell and see the Australian landscape in this book. This read is definitely something to broaden the perspective; showing heart in what seems like ordinary situations, revealing the forgotten mysteries of life.
Rebecca Ooniqua Brown
I reluctantly finished Kayla 2 this morning and I’m missing her already! Crack on Fran, we’re all waiting! My armchair adventure with Kayla to Newfoundland was a cryptic aperitif now I want the main course. Mystery, politics, warmth, contemplation, and exciting possibilities. Excellent!
Janet Rattigan (Tasmania, Australia)
Kayla is a captivating read that instantly takes the audience on an adventurous journey. The author is truly talented, it is astonishing how she brings together both Newfoundland and Australian cultures and allows them to collide in this epic tale. This is a must read, it will have you sitting on the edge of your seat as Kayla embarks on a journey of a lifetime to discover her native roots.
Charlee Jennifer Kathleen (Newfoundland, Canada)
Francesca Cairns crafts an unforgettable character who comes to Newfoundland seeking the truth of her mysterious past. An immensley readable tale of a woman caught between the real and the mystic. The story flows like the water itself which brings Kayla to the profound answer to the mystery.A sensitive, wise tale told in beautiful prose – part philosophy, part story, totally enjoyable!Kayla had always felt haunted by unknown spirits, and traveled half way around the world to find the answer in a small Newfoundland outport.
Sandy Stavlo (Newfoundland, Canada)