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A heartbreaking story about the pursuit of passion by the bestselling author of The Chocolate Tin.

Spirited doctor Isla Fenwick is determined to work at the coalface of medicine in India before committing to life as a dutiful wife. With hopes of making a difference in the world, she sails to Calcutta to set up a midwifery clinic. There she will be forced to question her beliefs, her professionalism and her romantic loyalties.

On a desperate rescue mission to save the one person who needs her the most, she travels into the foothills of the Himalayas to a tea plantation outside Darjeeling. At the roof of the world, where heaven and earth collide, Isla will be asked to pay the ultimate price for her passions.

From England’s seaside town of Brighton to India’s slums of Calcutta and the breathtaking Himalayan mountains, this is a wildly exciting novel of heroism, heartache and healing, by the bestselling author of The Chocolate Tin.


One of Australia’s most loved storytellers


An extraordinary story that just bursts from the pages and leaps into your heart

Write Note Reviews

Written with zest and a talent for description that draws you into the world of the novel and its characters

The Age

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  • Trade Paperback


    October 30, 2017

    Michael Joseph

    448 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook


    October 30, 2017

    Penguin eBooks

    448 pages

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I didn’t dare look at the palm of my hand for fear of seeing the bruising arc pattern of fingernails from the clenching of my fist moments earlier. Was it despair? Jealousy? Or was it plain shock to gaze upon him again, to feel his skin against my ungloved hand once more? Oh, dear heaven, I had to hide! I could not unravel now, after all this time having kept our secret so tightly wound inside. Find a quiet spot, I urged. Act your normal calm.

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The Perfumer's Secret
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The Tailor's Girl
The Rumpelgeist
Fields of Gold

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