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'If you need more proof what a superior storyteller this author is, here it is.' West Australian

When the Templeton family from England takes up residence in a stately home in country Australia, they set the locals talking – and with good reason. From the outside, the seven Templetons seem so unusual, peculiar even.

No one is more intrigued by the family than their neighbours, single mother Nina Donovan and her young son Tom. Before long, the two families' lives become entwined in unexpected ways, to the delight of Gracie, the youngest of the Templeton daughters.

In the years that follow, the relationships between the Templetons and the two Donovans twist and turn in unpredictable and life-changing directions, until a tragedy tears them all apart. What will it take to bring them together again?

From Australia's top-selling female novelist comes her best book yet – a wonderfully entertaining and touching story about the perils and pleasures of love, friendship and family.

'If you need more proof what a superior storyteller this author is, here it is.' West Australian

'A glorious tale . . . Top marks.' Bookseller (UK)

'An exquisite novel, which combines well-crafted characters with a captivating story . . . McInerney's latest offering is guaranteed to enthral her legions of adoring fans.' Ulster Tatler (Ireland)

Reviews

'A book to enthral you.' Woman's Day

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'An exquisite novel, which combines well-crafted characters with a captivating story… McInerney's latest offering is guaranteed to enthrall her legions of adoring fans.' Ulster Tatler

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'McInerney's great skill lies in creating well-drawn and realistically flawed characters. Her books are well-written, compelling narratives about the nuances of family life—with all the heartaches and the rewards.' Australian Bookseller & Publisher

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'Love, family and friendship are handled with heart and humour.' Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin

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'So perfect is this book for beach-holiday reading that copies are fated to return home with grains of sand lodged in the pages. Classic McInerney . . . the plot keeps up an involving pace, while McInerney's perceptive writing about change and betrayal in friendships and families provides the substance.' Gleebooks Newsletter

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'If you need more proof what a superior storyteller this South Australian-raised author is, here it is.' West Australian

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'A glorious tale of two families and their extraordinary effect on each other... Top marks.' Bookseller (UK)

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'If a book's success can be determined by the believability of its secondary characters, Aussie author Monica McInerney's novel, peopled with miscreants and meddlers, stands far above the rest. Everyone loves a tale of star-crossed lovers, and few could resist the charge of the romance that blooms between upper-crust Gracie Templeton and plain-folks Tom in this decade-spanning narrative filled with enough heartbreak and redemption to keep even the most fickle readers swooning by story's end.' Minneapolis Star Tribune, US

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Awards and Recognition

  • Irish Book Awards
    2010
    Shortlisted
    Popular Fiction
  • Australian Book Industry Awards
    2011
    Shortlisted
    General Fiction Book of the Year
  • Romantic Book of the Year Award
    2011
    Shortlisted
    Romantic Elements

Also by Monica McInerney

The Trip of a Lifetime
Hello from the Gillespies
Lola's Secret: Pink Popular Penguins
The Christmas Gift
The Alphabet Sisters: Pink Popular Penguins
The House of Memories
Lola's Secret
All Together Now
Those Faraday Girls
Upside Down, Inside Out
Spin the Bottle
A Taste for It
Family Baggage
The Alphabet Sisters

Recommendations

The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
The Girl on the Train
The Golden House
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Swing Time
The Mistress
Tiger Men
The Golden Age
Fifty Shades Darker
A Long Way from Home
Uncommon Type
The Trip of a Lifetime
The Light Between Oceans
Line of Fire
Ready Player One