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From the bestselling author of The Outback Heart and The Sunburnt Country comes a moving and evocative story about strong women, the men they love, and the real meaning of home.

Three generations of Stewart women share a deep connection to their family farm, but a secret from the past threatens to tear them apart. 
Widowed matriarch Maggie remembers a time when the Italian prisoners of war came to work on their land, changing her heart and her home forever. Single mum Toni has been tied to the place for as long as she can recall, although farming was never her dream. And Flick is as passionate about the farm as a girl could be, despite the limited opportunities for love.

When a letter from 1946 is unearthed in an old cottage on the property, the Sunnyvale girls find themselves on a journey into their own hearts and across the world to Italy. Their quest to solve a mystery leads to incredible discoveries about each other, and about themselves. 

Praise for Fiona Palmer
'Palmer's passion for the land bleeds into the story, and her scenes are vivid and genuine, just as her characters are.' Book'd Out

'Fiona Palmer has well and truly earned her place as a leading writer of one of Australia's much-loved genres.' Countryman

Formats & editions

  • EBook

    9781742537474

    September 24, 2014

    Penguin eBooks

    368 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780143572985

    August 26, 2015

    Penguin

    384 pages

    RRP $22.99

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