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The highly anticipated new Christmas release from Penguin's bestselling rural romance writer.

Kim Richards is a creative woman of the land, a rural ambassador who’s renowned for her contribution to her community. But deep down, she’s lonely. She’s already watched the man she loves falls for someone else, and her dream of starting her own family feels like it’s slipping through her fingers.

Enter Charlie McNamara, an older man who’s arrived in Lake Grace on business. Sparks fly between Kim and Charlie, but he seems to have a hidden agenda and a past life he’s trying to hide.

They’re both drawn to local hermit Harry, a Vietnam veteran who’s haunted by memories from the war. What ties these three lost souls together? Can they solve a long-held family mystery and heal fractures of the heart?

From one of Australia’s favourite storytellers comes a heartwarming story spanning three generations about when to fight and when to surrender – and how new love can heal old wounds.

Reviews

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

Countryman

Fiona Palmer just keeps getting better

Rachael Johns

Family, friendship, love and community with a thoroughly authentic Australian flavour

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143787099

    October 16, 2017

    Penguin (AU Adult)

    352 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780143799801

    October 3, 2016

    Michael Joseph (AU Adult)

    352 pages

    RRP $32.99

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    • 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

    9781760140311

    October 3, 2016

    Penguin eBooks (AU Adult)

    384 pages

    RRP $32.99

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Extract

‘Bloody rain. It’s harvest, for crying out loud.’ Kim cursed as she peered through her windscreen into the darkness. The wipers whipped on the fastest setting but struggled to keep up with the deluge. The crazy storm had set the radio crackling, and the sound grated on Kim’s tightly bound nerves. She snapped off the radio and looked up just as a body of water appeared on the gravel road ahead. ‘Crap!’

Kim wasn’t going very fast but the floodway was not something she wanted to rush into at any speed. She stopped just at the edge of the lapping water, the idling motor hardly audible over the rain on the roof of her ute. She checked the water level against the bushes at the sides of the road, and deemed it just low enough to pass through. Slowly she entered the floodway.

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The Empty Nest
The Outback Heart
The Sunburnt Country
The Road Home
Heart of Gold
The Family Farm

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