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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)

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143205579

    May 2, 2011

    Penguin

    608 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Amazon
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    • Booktopia
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    • Boomerang Books
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    • The Nile
    Or

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  • Paperback

    9780143785651

    July 2, 2018

    Penguin

    608 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

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

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781742531380

    September 22, 2010

    Penguin eBooks

    608 pages

    Online retailers

    • Amazon Kindle AU
    • iBooks
    • Google Play EBook AU
    • Kobo Ebook
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks

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