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The enchanting new Australian saga by the bestselling author of The Country Wedding

Sydney journalist Chloe Brown is painfully aware that her biological clock isn't just ticking, it's booming. When her long term boyfriend finally admits he never wants children, Chloe is devastated. Impulsively, she moves as far from disappointment as she can – to a job on a small country newspaper in Queensland's far north.

The little town seems idyllic, a cosy nest, and Chloe plans to regroup and, possibly, to embark on single motherhood via IVF. But she soon realises that no place is free from trouble or heartache. The grouchy news editor, Finn Latimer, is a former foreign correspondent who has retreated after a family tragedy. Emily, the paper's elegant, sixty-something owner, is battling with her husband's desertion. Meanwhile, the whole town is worried when their popular young baker disappears.

As lives across generations become more deeply entwined, the lessons are clear. Secrets and silence harbour pain, while honesty and openness bring healing and hope. And love. All that's needed now is courage...

Praise for Barbara Hannay’s bestsellers:

‘It’s a pleasure to follow an author who gets better with every book’
Apple iBooks, ‘Best Books of the Month’

‘In beautiful, fluid prose, Hannay once again puts together all the ingredients for a real page-turner’ The Chronicle

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780143783473

    July 30, 2018

    Michael Joseph

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9780143783510

    July 30, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

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Extract

Chapter One

Friday night was going perfectly to plan for Chloe.

The faded flat in Coogee looked almost romantic by flickering candlelight and Jason was in a particularly mellow mood. He’d achieved some sort of coup at work and the chief marketing consultant had been full of praise. Now, with his glass refilled with his favourite shiraz, Jason’s smile for Chloe across the dining table was fond and playful.

He even raved about the deliciousness of the fall-off-the-bone slow-cooked ribs she’d prepared. A huge relief. This night was incredibly important for her, so it had been worth getting up early to start the spare ribs and then rushing home from work at the end of the day to thicken the sauce and make Jason’s favourite dessert.

She would wait until she served the choc pot before she shared her news.

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The Summer of Secrets Book Club Notes

Experience heartbreak, hope and healing set in country-town Australia with your book club.

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