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In this story of three women's search for a place to call home, Maggie Alderson crosses continents and generations to explore how we find happiness – and whether love can survive betrayal.

Home is where the heart is – but what happens to your heart when the people you love are scattered around the world?

Hannah and Matt are very happy together, living in London's cool East End with their two young children.

Hannah has a job she loves as a beauty editor and Matt is always just about to break through as a songwriter.

But then events start to pull them apart, with Hannah certain they'd be much better off down in the English countryside with her family – and Matt's mum needing them with her, back in Sydney, 17 000 kilometres away.

Hannah's mother, Marguerite, mends broken china, but can she repair her damaged marriage? And Matt's vivacious young cousin, Ali, feels lost, looking for love in a strange city.

All of them have unsettling secrets and while some are better shared, others might be best left unspoken – the problem is knowing which are which.

In this story of three women's search for a place to call home, Maggie Alderson crosses continents and generations to explore how we find happiness – and whether love can survive betrayal.

'Maggie Alderson just keeps getting better.' The Sun-Herald
'The riveting central trio are drawn with elegance and warmth by the reliable Alderson, whose strong streak continues with this thoughtful look at wisdom, happiness and getting older.' Madison

'Emotive but also big on laughs.' InStyle

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143569206

    October 23, 2013

    Penguin (AU Adult)

    384 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook

    9781742536699

    October 24, 2012

    Penguin eBooks

    432 pages

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How To Break Your Own Heart
Gravity Sucks
Cents And Sensibility
Handbags And Gladrags
Pants On Fire
Mad About The Boy
Handbag Heaven
Shoe Money