If your sun disappears behind a wall of clouds, escape to the lush tropics of Australia’s far north Queensland in a breathtaking family saga.
A compelling story of family, secrets and love, the gripping and emotional novel by Australian author Averil Kenny stars three sisters whose futures are threatened by their mother’s scandalous past.
The Sunday train that slipped into Noah Vale on that winter afternoon brought fire, sending a hell of small town gossip roaring through the valley … and all because the beautiful and irrepressible Esther Hamilton had once a reputation in the small Queensland town of Noah Vale.
Twenty years ago Esther fled under a cloud of shame, but it is now 1955 and following the death of their mother, the Hamilton sisters – Sonnet, Fable and little Plum – returned to Noah Vale to live. near their aunt and uncle.
Sonnet, twenty years old and legal guardian of his siblings, has never set foot in Noah Vale, but has been talking about him for decades. Twelve-year-old Fable is a talented artist and more beautiful than even her heartbreaking mother had been. And three-year-old Plum is just a little girl who lost her mother and was taken from the only house she’s ever known.
Over the years, the three sisters settle into their new lives, work in the city, go to school and bathe in the perfect waterfalls nearby. But suspicion and judgment continue to follow the Hamilton sisters wherever they go.
In a small town where everyone thinks they know everything about each other, it’s hard to escape the past. And when Fable falls in love with Noah Vale’s golden boy, is history destined to repeat itself?
Set against a beautiful and evocative backdrop of rainforest, golden sun, misty valleys and soaring mountains, These Hamilton Sisters presents three charismatic and vibrant girls, each portrayed with exquisite precision as they blossom in the Queensland sun. .
As they find their place in the world, they must use all their determination and courage, and overcome the prejudices of small towns where their mother’s reputation has colored the opinions of the tight-knit and suspicious community.
A fresh and imaginative coming of age story for all lovers of family sagas.
(Zaffre, paperback, Â£ 8.99)
A Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness
Warmth, wisdom and well-being go hand in hand in this enchanting debut novel from blogger and female fiction critic Laura Bambrey.
Using her experience and knowledge, Bambrey wrote a contemporary tale featuring a woman struggling with loneliness and desperate to return to some sort of normalcy after a tragedy in her life.
Full of compassion, understanding, and a cast of characters readers can’t help but fall in love with, The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness is both a moving exploration of finding love and hope in friendship. , and an uplifting read for anyone who needs inspiration to help each other. .
Tori Williamson is alone. After a tragic event leaves her isolated from loved ones, she struggles to find her way back to herself. That’s why she created her blog, The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness, as a way to connect – anonymously – with the outside world and reach other people who just need a little help sometimes. .
When offered a free spot at The Farm, a wellness retreat, in exchange for a review on her blog, Tori can’t wait to open up to a new environment. But after her three closest friends – who she speaks online but has never met – convince her that it would do her good, she reluctantly agrees and sets off for three weeks in the wilderness in a farm in Wales.
Upon arriving, Tori is skeptical and quickly finds herself drawn to her skeptical compatriot Than, the dark and mysterious latecomer of retirement. But as the beauty of The Farm slowly reveals itself, she realizes that opening up might not be the worst thing. And sharing a yurt with another Bay retiree certainly isn’t.
Can retirement fix Tori? And will she finally learn that being alone doesn’t mean she’s broken?
Bambrey is proving to be an exciting new voice in female fiction as the hearts and minds of readers are drawn into the lives of a group of disparate people who confront their issues and fears, and discover that friendship is one of life’s greatest healers.
Beautifully written and interwoven with fun, emotion and romance, this is the perfect read for those long summer days.
(Simon & Schuster, paperback, Â£ 7.99)
The wish tree by the shore
Laughter and tears are never far away when you immerse yourself in this fabulous summer read from Jaimie Admans, author of a series of fabulous and heartwarming romantic comedies.
And happiness is certainly written all over The Wishing Tree Beside the Shore, a sizzling summer confection of storytelling magic, perfect scenery, and melting romance.
Fifteen years ago, Felicity Kerr threw caution to the wind and hugged coworker Ryan Sullivan under the old wishing tree along the coast. When Ryan didn’t respond to his kiss, Felicity was mortified that she had read his horribly wrong signals and left Lemmon Cove for good.
But now Felicity’s job brings her back to her hometown, and face to face with Ryan who leads a group of octogenarians who rally together to save their beloved 300-year-old Sycamore from being bulldozed by real estate developers.
The spark with Ryan is still there, but Felicity is keeping a secret and even though she wants to join the protest by his side, she can’t help but hold back. Can Felicity mend her broken heart and find happiness with Ryan by the sea?
If you believe in fairy tales and love love stories with a capital L, then Admans’ romantic comedy should be on your must-read list this holiday season.
All of those favorite ingredients – lost love, drama, comedy, fun, and friendship – are dusted with stardust from a magical tree that just might make all of your wishes come true!