Penguin Books Australia, 2001
Avril is the perfect hostess, managing the Bella Vista guest house with grace and charm. But when her husband Steven decides to run for mayor, Avril is incensed; she sets about undermining his campaign with an instinct for local government as sharp as her talent for domestic politics. When Steven retaliates, the battle lines are drawn!
‘Bella Vista reads like Rats in the Ranks meets Joanna Trollope, being a pithy and sardonic comment on the battle of the sex roles.’
The Sunday Age
‘What a lovely, effortless writer Jinks is, her delicate wit and style on complete display here in Bella Vista . . . This is a charming domestic drama that should draw readers to the work of this fine writer.’
‘Catherine Jinks . . . is establishing a reputation for her wickedly funny books that find the drama in everyday situations.’
‘Jinks’s ability to enjoy the predicaments of this particular community, not without sympathy, is all too rare in Australian writing. She has the confidence and, more importantly, the ability to employ humour, rather than navel-gazing, in order to solve existential mysteries.’
Australian Book Review