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Soak up the summer sun while enjoying 3 heart-warming Australian bestsellers that transport you to a tiny coastal village in the 1950s, to a nostalgic waterside idyll and to a dusty gold rush town in the 1870s.

Soak up the summer sun while enjoying 3 heart-warming Australian bestsellers that transport you to a tiny coastal village in the 1950s, to a nostalgic waterside idyll and to a dusty gold rush town in the 1870s.

Stillwater Creek
It's 1957 and widow Ilona Talivaldis and her daughter Zidra travel to the remote coastal town of Jingera in NSW. Ilona, a concentration camp survivor, plans to set herself up as a piano teacher in her beautiful vine-covered cottage.

The weeks pass, and mother and daughter get to know the townsfolk - including kind-hearted butcher George Cadwallader; Peter Vincent, former wartime pilot and prisoner-of-war; and Cherry Bates, the publican's wife who is about to make a horrifying discovery... And at risk is the one thing Ilona holds dear...

The Briny Cafe
Ettie Brookbank is the heart and soul of Cook's Basin, a sleepy cluster of dazzling blue bays where the only way home is by boat. However, as idyllic as her surroundings are, she yearns for excitement, the chance to live dangerously while her blood still runs hot.

Then fate offers her a lifeline - breathing new life into a beloved local landmark. Ettie's salvation, it seems, is a lopsided little cafe on the water's edge ...

Mr Chen's Emporium
In 1872, 17-year-old Amy Duncan arrives in the Gold Rush town of Millbrooke, daydreaming about glittering pavilions and gilded steeples. What she finds is a dusty main street lined with ramshackle buildings - until she walks through the doors of Mr Chen's Emporium, and her life changes forever.

In present-day Millbrooke, Angie Wallace rents the Old Manse where Amy once lived. When her landlord produces an antique trunk of Amy's keepsakes – both Oriental and European – Angie resolves to learn more about this mysterious girl from the past.

Reviews

A mythical town and its people are brought beautifully to life ... a really lovely book.

Sunday Telegraph on Stillwater Creek

You'll fall in love with this gentle character-filled tale.

Australian Women's Weekly on The Briny Cafe

I loved every page of this beautiful book.

Newcastle Herald on Mr Chen's Emporium

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780857981585

    December 2, 2013

    Bantam Australia

    1056 pages

    RRP $32.99

    Online retailers

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

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9780857981592

    December 2, 2013

    Random House Australia

    944 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
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    • Google Play
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Also by Susan Duncan

The House on the Hill
The Great Australian Writers' Collection 2013
Gone Fishing
Tales from Pittwater
The Briny Cafe
A Life On Pittwater
The House At Salvation Creek
Salvation Creek

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