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Gone Fishing the seuel to the bestselling The Briny Café is a heart warming inspirational novel about taking a stand against all the odds For bargeman Sam Scully life in Cook’s Basin is nothing short of paradise A wonderland of golden sand and turuoise waters battered old tinnies and wonky pontoons it’s a realm unspoilt by the modern world But then a notice goes up in the Suare that screams ‘EXCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT ’Paradise is about to be ripped apart With plans underway to build a flash resort in the heart of their community the residents leap into action with Sam as their leader and a twelve foot papier mache cockatoo as their mascot But it'’s never going to be easy to turn the tide of ‘progress’ Meanwhile there'’s trouble brewing at the Briny Café Kate Jackson is struggling to come to terms with the dreadful secret spilled on her mother'’s deathbed And as for Kate'’s co owner Ettie Brookbank Well what is happening to Ettie?


10 thoughts on “Gone Fishing

  1. says:

    Three and a half stars Having read and enjoyed The Briny Cafe I was keen to read this seuel It was interesting to catch up with Sam Jimmy Ettie Marcus Kate the Misses Skettle with their fascination for wearing pink and others of the Cook’s Basin community In this novel Sam and the residents are up against a developer that wants to build an expensive resort It’s a lovely about the little guys of a community taking on those with clout In that sense it reminded me a little of the movie ‘The Castle’ Although the story with battle for Garrawi Park Cutter Island is interesting and at times inventive it is the characters that drive this storyAt the same time there is the story of Kate and the secrets she is left to deal with by her mother with whom she never got along There is also the continuing romance between her and Sam For me that never uiet rang true but that may be because I struggled to like Kate and see what Sam obviously saw in her Sam and the others are gems While I enjoyed it and was certainly cheering on the community trying to save their park and their lifestyle I didn’t love it as much as some others did I found with this book was some sentences or lots of words clumped together like a dense scrub These left me glazing over wondering where the editor was Other sentences were so vivid and s descriptive like those one where ‘The trio is silent while the moon plays chords on the water’ It was hard to euate the two types of writing in the one book One thing I loved was Timothy O’Reilly’s description of the difference between sex or obsession and love ‘You read greatness and glory into a condition that’s as old as time telling yourself this is the love of a lifetime that it would be pure madness to deny yourself But it’s not love is it? Not when it puts the welfare and happiness of others at risk Love endures Mad passion which is essentially what I felt for Emily – is unsustainable’ There is but that’s enough to give you the idea Emily was Kate’s mother Passages like that coupled with most of the cast of eccentric characters made me glad I read it


  2. says:

    Sam Scully was happy cruising the waters of Cook’s Basin in the Mary Kay bargeman for the past twenty years delivering in and around the area where friends were always there for each other Jimmy Sam’s young deck hand or first mate as he liked to call him with pup Longfellow to keep him company was invariably at Sam’s side working hard and saving for his first car – a ute like Sam’sBut suddenly the peace and tranuillity of the area was shattered – signs appeared stating their wonderful Garrawi Park was going to be demolished to make way for a residential development – a flashy resort for tourists ripping out the beauty in a heartbeat Sam didn’t know what to do but with the backing of a furious community they formed a committee made Sam their leader and headed into the fray determined to stop the craziness before it even startedAs the battle intensified the politicians showed their true colours; “goons” in black suits and dark glasses appeared with threats some of which were carried out But digging deeply into the lives of some secrets were uncovered The residents of Cook’s Basin forged ahead; they would fight to the end never backing downbut would they succeed? And with the “Save Garrawi Park” campaign in full swing Kate Jackson share owner of the Briny Café along with Ettie Brookbank had her own troubles to contend with The final words from her mother were a tremendous shock; would she find any answers or would she have uncertainty with her always? This the seuel to The Briny Café is as heartwarming and delightful as the first book A story of the determination of a community to do what is right and to save what is theirs from the greed of others A thoroughly entertaining read but I would recommend reading The Briny Café first if you haven’t already done soWith thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy to read and review


  3. says:

    I received this advance kindle copy from NetGalley Random House Australia in exchange for an honest reviewMay contain spoilersGone Fishing by Susan Duncan is the seuel to The Briny CafeThis is the fourth Susan Duncan book I have read and the second in this series I'm sorry to say I didn't enjoy it uite as much as the previous three which I had purchasedI found that some of the behavioral traits of Katean established lead charactera bit hard to believe and thought she lacked any sense of real character and personality in this particular book Her character was portrayed as pretty cold and insensitive in this book where I don't recall her being uite that way in the previous book So it left me feeling a bit disappointed in her like she hadn't been afforded the attention that a lead character deservesit was almost as though she was getting in the way of the real story and it was easier to just make her disappear now and again without much warning or adeuate explanation rather than give her a meaningful part to playGiven her starring role I thought Kate lacked both personality and place and although her sudden disappearances were explained further on in the story the explanations didn't uite satisfy or to my mind justify her erratic behaviorit felt like she had become surplus to the current story even though she was still a major playerThis might not be noticeable to readers who have not read the previous book but having followed these characters throughout I had a particular understanding and expectation of their already established relationships within their community as well as their individual idiosyncrasies So especially with Kate I kept wondering what was going on and unfortunately was left wanting It seemed like she was being written off without being written out??As a stand alone book it reads uite well and keeps the reader interested with its plot twists and very likeable and colorful resident characters with some very good Aussie witticisms and slang being used in appropriate proportionI think Susan Duncan portrayed the character of Jimmy with beautifully observant and sensitive accuracy making him a genuine standout star with a delightfully credible personality that really shines throughShe also has a keen eye for detail when describing the lovely surroundings making them visible to the reader's mindI can well imagine the area becoming very popular to day visitors with the publication of each book as it is portrayed in such a favorable lightThe books give a lot of credence to the values and benefits of living in a close knit community lifestyle such as the lifestyle of these permanent off shore residents of the Cook's BasinI could see this becoming a good Aussie television series with its beautiful settings and lovable charactersAnother bonus with this book are the recipes on the last pages which are taken straight off the Menu of the Briny Cafe and are all deliciousFollowers will know about the legendary Lemon cake recipe which featured regularly in previous books and was printed in the back pages of Salvation Creek and was a very popular cake at all community get togethers and other miscellaneous functions for offshorer'sI gave it three stars as opposed to three and a half for the othershttpswwwgoodreadscombookshow1httpswwwgoodreadscombookshow6httpswwwgoodreadscombookshow1httpswwwgoodreadscombookshow1


  4. says:

    Oh what a struggle up to chapter 20 I didn't give up hope that it could improve but it just didn't happenI struggled with about everything Too many words packed into the sentences Sam unsure since the thumping disaster of his unintentionally light hearted dismissal of Kate's intense labours whether he's still invited to a post prandial as his dad used to say to his mum with a nod and a wink assignation at her home stays seated The whole storyline was obvious and predictable apart from maybe a little twist with Kate's family history I couldn't get close to any of the characters couldn't see any attraction between Kate and Sam It's a weird feeling if you read a book and can't imagine what the main charaters look like maybe Ettie was the closest I also really would have loved a map at the beginning which I normally don't refer to in other books but it would have help with this book


  5. says:

    I had read Salvation Creek The House at Salvation Creek and The Briny Cafe so looked forward to reading this latest book by Susan Duncan I really struggled with this novel as it stretched credibility in a way the previous books did not Two storylines failed to engage me Some repeated expressions frigidly cold for example used as a noun grated


  6. says:

    I've enjoyed reading all of Susan Duncan's novels Gone Fishing started out slow but I eventually got into it After reading Salvation Creek The House and Briny Cafe I visited Scotland Island and fell in love with the area The books seem real to me having visited the location Very Australian


  7. says:

    I have enjoyed reading this book about a small fishing village in New South Wales The characters are all so real to me although I did get a bit tired of Kate Jackson and her drama She seems a bit irresponsible just taking off on her personal agendas I did like the environmental twist to this one with all the Islanders pitching in to save their beloved Park


  8. says:

    There are books that you pick up and never want to put down until it’s all done This was not one of them Susan Duncan sure knows how to put a sentence together However the slow pace didn’t make reading this book any fun This is my first book of hers and I will be reading others as I hear they are better I just won’t be in a huge rush


  9. says:

    More suspenseful than a couple of her other books though the same style of writing which I want to keep reading to the end Late nights


  10. says:

    Thanks to Random House Australia The Briny Cafe seemed to strike a chord with borrowers in one of the small rural libraries that I work in For months it had a reserve list of at least three people and even now never spends than a few hours on the shelf It was a little bit of a weird phenomenon given that in the other two libraries I spend my time in it didn't get any notice than you'd usually expect for a new title onto the shelves from a relatively unknown author So when I noticed its seuel Gone Fishing on Netgalley I thought it would be worth picking up to see what all the fuss was about At the very least it would mean I could pass it on to our patrons with the knowledge of a fellow readerI have to admit at first I hated Gone Fishing with a passion The third person present tense just irritated me beyond belief making it hard to really get to know the characters Even Sam the bargeman with a heart of molten gold was hard to find any sympathy for when his actions were described with mind numbing repetitiveness I was just slogging through for the sake of good reader's advisory reallyAnd then something happened about half way through I got drawn into the story which really wasn't what I expected What I was expecting was a meaningless barely there plot story of the good life away from the city with maybe a little romance and drama thrown in What I got was a hard boiled tale of a community's fight against developers Full of corrupt politicians crazy cults and big men with dark suits and eually dark glasses And it's just done so well Despite all the larger than life goings on Duncan never strays into the realms of the unbelievable The story is grounded in characters we recognise that we know Our neighbours our friends our relatives The cafe owner starting to hit menopause the 18 year old who can barely see past his desire for a car Gone Fishing might be feel good but it has grit It's a guidebook to community activism hiding behind a fair dinkum Australian yarn By the time I hit 100% my ualms about the tense had been overblown by marvelling at the sheer complexity of the thingI suspect that the tone of Gone Fishing differs somewhat from that of The Briny Cafe which from all accounts was a fairly light read I'm looking forward to seeing if it causes the same stir as its predecessor in my rural New Zealand library Even if it doesn't I'll be extremely pleased that I read it It's well worth picking up as a standalone Just don't expect a light Sunday afternoon read