Melting Moments is the first novel of Australian concert pianist and music lecturer Anna Goldsworthy.

It is the story of Ruby Whiting, a young woman who moves to Adelaide just before World War II.

Early in the story she meets Arthur Jenkins and they are married after a short courtship. The reason being Arthur is to be deployed overseas. Ruby is a practical and dependable young woman who takes her responsibilities seriously, even when she has some doubts. Ruby knows what is expected of her.

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We follow Ruby over the next 50 years through the challenges of life. We meet her daughter Eva who is head strong and clever. We understand how much Ruby loves her house and garden. And we understand her difficulties with the more challenging people in her life like her mother-in-law, Granny Jenkins.

Melting Moments is a quiet masterpiece. An intimate portrait and celebration of the interior life of a woman who is a dutiful daughter, wife and mother, it is certain to become an Australian classic

Alex Miller

The book is full of wonderful dialogue between the characters. We witness important moments through Ruby’s eyes. It is a delightful book written in an easy style. There are many moving insights into Ruby’s world. I enjoyed this book for its honesty and its portrayal of Ruby. It is a gentle and sometimes funny read.

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