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A captivating historical novel of pioneering Australian women finding their way in a man’s world, from the author of the bestselling Mr Chen’s Emporium.

A captivating historical novel of pioneering Australian women finding their way in a man’s world, from the author of the bestselling Mr Chen’s Emporium.

It is 1885, and Amy Chen is still in black, more than a decade after the death of her beloved husband Charles. But her widow’s weeds belie a determined young woman with a big ambition: Amy is going to build the grandest rural hotel in the colony of New South Wales, complete with its very own ‘ascending cabinet’.

Meanwhile, her best friend, Eliza Miller, has dreams of her own - to become one of Australia’s first female doctors. However when she returns to Millbrooke from her medical studies at the Sorbonne, she finds the job she thought was hers has been taken … by a man.

Over the course of two turbulent years both women will face difficult choices – love or duty? Career or marriage? Is it possible to have it all …?

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781742755588

    May 1, 2014

    Bantam Australia

    368 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781742755571

    September 2, 2013

    Bantam Australia

    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

    9781742755595

    September 2, 2013

    Random House Australia

    352 pages

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Also by Deborah O'Brien

The Trivia Man
A Place of Her Own
Surrender to Summer 2
Mr Chen's Emporium

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