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The evocative new outback saga from the internationally bestselling and award-winning romance novelist of Zoe's Muster and The Secret Years.

For three generations of Australian women, becoming a grazier's wife has meant very different things.

For Stella in 1946, it was a compromise in the aftermath of a terrible war.

For Jackie in the 1970s, it was a Cinderella fairytale with an outback prince.

While for Alice in 2015, it is the promise of a bright new future.

Decades earlier, Stella was desperate to right a huge injustice, but now a long-held family secret threatens to tear the Drummond family of Ruthven Downs apart. On the eve of a special birthday reunion, with half the district invited, the past and the present collide, passions are unleashed and the shocking truth comes spilling out.

From glamorous pre-war Singapore to a vast cattle property in Queensland's far north, this sweeping, emotional saga tests the beliefs and hopes of these women as they learn how to hold on to loved ones and when to let go.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143785255

    August 14, 2017

    Penguin

    432 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780143797180

    August 1, 2016

    Michael Joseph

    432 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

    9781760142148

    August 1, 2016

    Penguin eBooks

    400 pages

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Extract

Ruthven Downs, 2014

It had been a long day in the stockyards. As Seth Drummond drove his ute back down the winding, dusty track to the homestead, his thoughts were focused on creature comforts. A hot shower, a fried steak with onions, and a beer. Not necessarily in that order.

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Awards and Recognition

  • Ruby Romantic Book of the Year
    2017
    Finalist
    Long Romance

Also by Barbara Hannay

The Country Wedding
Coming Home
Meet Me at the Teahouse
The Secret Years
Moonlight Plains
Home Before Sundown
Zoe's Muster

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Best Laid Plans
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Rushing Waters
The Family Secret
The Map That Leads To You
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The Handmaid's Tale
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Paris For One And Other Stories
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
The Course Of Love
The Girl on the Train
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Golden House
Dragonfly In Amber
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Swing Time
The Golden Age
Tiger Men