Book Review – Salvation Creek: An Unexpected Life by Susan Duncan

Book Review – Salvation Creek: An Unexpected Life by Susan Duncan

I was looking for an interesting travelogue or memoir to listen to when I found Salvation Creek by Susan Duncan. At times I’ve found audiobooks to be a challenge to focus on, but only a short way into Salvation Creek I was hooked! The author’s description of Pittwater, a place I’ve never visited but now feel like I have many times, is captivating. Before I was halfway through the book, I borrowed the others in the series (The House at Salvation Creek and The House on the Hill) so I could continue without interruption.

Susan Duncan moved to Pittwater and later wrote the Salvation Creek series, after some life-changing events. Giving up her career as a magazine editor she embarked on a journey of self-discovery and embraced a lifestyle unlike any she had known before. Listening to the books, narrated by the author, you can feel her indecision, sadness, joy, and amazement throughout her tales of life around Pittwater. The mesmerising storytelling encourages you to consider what you would do in such circumstances and triggers a desire to live a simpler life. I found Salvation Creek to be uplifting, despite the sad parts; as well as calming, listening to tales of the relaxed lifestyle and entertaining characters of the tight-knit community.

Reviewed by Dawn

The series of audiobooks can be borrowed from Gladstone Regional Libraries via BorrowBox.