In 1920s Glasgow, Beattie Blaxland falls pregnant to her married lover Henry just before her nineteenth birthday. Abandoned by her family, Beattie and Henry set sail for a new life in Australia. But life is not about to follow the plan that Beattie had hoped for and fate will play her a cruel hand…
In 2009, London, prima ballerina Emma Blaxland-Hunter is also discovering that life can have its ups and downs. Unable to dance again after a fall, Emma returns home to Australia to recuperate. But on arrival she is presented with some surprising news – her recently deceased and much-loved grandmother Beattie Blaxland has left her Tasmanian property to Emma.
Told through the eyes of a young Beattie Blaxland and a contemporary Emma Blaxland-Hunter, this is an emotionally charged, seductive tale of self-discovery, secrets and surprises.
“complex characters – capable of love and hate, shame and redemption. Both Beattie and Emma find themselves having to start over, and it is for these two women that readers cheer and sympathize” PublishersWeekly.com
“evocatively written” Australian Women’s Weekly
“the reader is helpless to do anything but turn the page” Bookseller & Publishing Magazine
“a vibrant yarn starring two strong, engaging heroines, whose adventures are anchored in beautiful evocations of place. It’s a story of overwhelming love and heart-cracking loss” Who Weekly
“movingly thrilling and wonderfully romantic” Woman’s Day