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One man lost her. One man died for her. And one would kill for her ...

In 1923 nineteen-year-old Jack Manning watches the construction of the mighty Harbour Bridge and dreams of being more than just a grocer's son. So when he's offered the chance to manage Absolution Creek, a sheep property 800 miles from Sydney, he seizes the opportunity. But outback life is tough, particularly if you're young, inexperienced and have only a few textbooks to guide you. Then a thirteen-year-old girl, Squib Hamilton, quite literally washes up on his doorstep - setting in motion a devastating chain of events... Forty years later and Cora Hamilton is waging a constant battle to keep Absolution Creek in business. She's ostracized by the local community and hindered by her inability to move on from the terrible events of her past, which haunt her both physically and emotionally. Only one man knows what really happened in 1923. A dying man who is riding towards Absolution Creek, seeking his own salvation... From the gleaming foreshores of Sydney Harbour to the vast Australian outback, this is a story of betrayal and redemption and of an enduring love which defies even death.

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Elegantly written and emotionally haunting.

Time Australia

Another great story from a great storyteller.

Blue's Country Magazine

Reminiscent of some of the Bryce Courtenay epics … this book is a must for fans of the rural romance genre and will have broader appeal too.

R M Williams Outback Magazine

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  • Paperback

    9781864712827

    May 1, 2013

    Bantam Australia

    528 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781864712810

    September 3, 2012

    Bantam Australia

    528 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9781864712834

    September 3, 2012

    Random House Australia

    528 pages

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Extract

North Sydney,
1923

The jolt of knuckle on flesh pushed Jack backwards. He felt his lip swelling and in retaliation aimed a punch directly at Mills McCoy’s freckled nose. His next blow winded the Irish hooligan so that he doubled up in pain. Jack wanted to put the boot into the man, however his father had always encouraged him to fight fair, even when his opponent possessed more underhand tactics than the rats running wild in the Rocks.
 

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