THE SUNSHINE COAST NEWS
A bad haircut sets Josie Harris' life on a path of misfortune after she grew up in a family blessed with good luck, or so she believes. When she finds out that her father has left her mother, she knows it's her bad luck affecting them, and to fix things she goes to the Sunshine Coast, where she discovers that she didn't really understand her life or her parents before. The Sunshine Coast News (2), by Kate Austin, is an imaginative, well-written book, but it's a hard story to emotionally connect with, which lessens its appeal. The ornate language ("Crows circled the building like the rings of Saturn or moons of Jupiter") and use of magic realism are distracting, and too many characters complicate the story.