The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots is perfect! Loretta Hill has written a beguiling romance that rings true with its West Australian setting — and characters! — but is also a coming of age story. Lena is on a quest to prove herself, not least, to herself.
There’s a lovely clarity to the Loretta’s style that captures the rhythms and expressions of Australian speech without exaggerating them into mockery. Humour and courage nicely balance the emotion in the story, and all tangled plot strands are competently dealt with in the satisfying conclusion.
I know this is a short review, but honestly, “The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots” was a joy to read–and what else is there to say?