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An entertaining and touching story of the perils and pleasures of love, friendship and family, from one of Australia's most-loved authors

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 one of Australia's favourite novelists comes a wonderfully entertaining and touching story of the perils and pleasures of love, friendship and family.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143785651

    July 2, 2018

    Penguin

    608 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780143205579

    May 2, 2011

    Penguin

    608 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781742531380

    September 22, 2010

    Penguin eBooks

    608 pages

    Online retailers

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

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