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The heartbreaking, romantic and utterly compelling new novel from international bestselling author Paige Toon

‘One day, maybe five years from now, you’ll look back and understand why this happened…’

Vian and Nell are thrown together at the age of five when Vian's mother and Nell's father fall in love. At first wary of each other, they soon become the best of friends. But five years later, they are torn apart and Vian moves to the other side of the world.

Fast-forward five more years to when Vian comes to visit, and Nell discovers that the boy she once knew is now ‘Van’ – a wild and carefree teenager. Chemistry crackles, but once again, they’re separated.

For the next two decades, Nell and Van meet every five years, but life and circumstance always intervene. Will they ever find true happiness? And will it be together?


Beautiful - a bittersweet tale of the complexities of love. Toon's writing sings from every page

Josephine Moon

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    April 30, 2018

    Michael Joseph

    352 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • EBook


    April 30, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

    352 pages

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Prologue: Forty

‘Oh, baby,’ I murmur, brushing Luke’s hair away from his forehead as he fights back tears.

He’s still my ‘baby’, even if he is almost fifteen years old.

‘I can’t believe I’m going to be holed up for the rest of the summer,’ he says in a choked voice. ‘And I’m going to miss Angie’s party,’ he realises.

I suspect this fact hurts him even more than his broken ankle.

‘She’ll probably get off with Jake and that’ll be that, then,’ he adds bitterly.

I lean in and squeeze his shoulder. ‘Angela Rakesmith looks at you like the light shines out of your backside,’ I say pointedly. ‘You have nothing to worry about there.’

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