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A dramatic, sweeping love story set during World War II in Melbourne and Shanghai, inspired by a true story.

As Mirabel watched him, she could not bear the thoughts creeping up on her. JJ was in the Chinese army and his mission in Australia would one day be over. Then she would be just like the others, a girl left behind in the wake of war. 'I'm afraid,' she whispered. 'When the war ends . . . what's going to happen to us?'
He put his arm around her and stroked her face. She knew he could not answer that question. But she wanted him to lie, to say that he would take her with him, that they would be together always.
Melbourne, 1943, and Mirabel is seventeen. She's leaving school, designing dresses, falling in love. Then fate intervenes, her forbidden affair is discovered, and JJ is posted back to China where a civil war is raging. Despite all warnings, Mirabel sets off for Shanghai to find him . . .

Little Paradise is inspired by a true story.

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  • Paperback

    9780143011477

    March 1, 2010

    Penguin (AU YR)

    324 pages

    RRP $19.95

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  • EBook

    9781742530437

    March 1, 2010

    Penguin eBooks (AU YR)

    324 pages

    RRP $19.95

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