Fiona Palmer is best known for her rural romance novels, usually set on farms in the outback. Secrets Between Friends takes her storytelling on a new literary journey, and we can’t help but love it, for it’s rich with beautiful scenery, strong women, enduring friendships, and secrets that threaten to change everything.
The book has compelling origins of its own. Fiona Palmer and Rachael Johns, two of Australia’s bestselling authors, go on a cruise together. On the trip, they talk about books, read, brainstorm . . . and the end product was Fiona’s decision to write Secrets Between Friends. We would’ve loved to have been a fly on the wall on that holiday!
The book is centred around best friends since school: Abbie, Jess and Ricki. They’re setting sail, going on a three day cruise of the stunning coastline of Western Australia, from Perth to Albany, rekindling the excitement of a school trip they took ten years earlier.
Ricki is a dedicated nurse who loves her patients, but dreams of something bigger. And when sexy new nurse Miguel starts working at her hospital, it certainly gives her something to think about. Jess is a school teacher, and a single mum to Ollie. She’s had a tough upbringing that not even her best friends know all the details of, and she’s relied on Peter throughout her life – her childhood neighbour and best friend, he and his family have given her the stability she needs. Abbie seemed to lead a charmed life; great career, boyfriend and future. But some scary and unexpected news threatens everything she knows and loves.
These three friends already have long held secrets from each other – and then Peter asks if he can join them on the cruise so he can propose to his girlfriend Ricki…
As always, Fiona Palmer writes realistic characters and situations, and her passionate fans are sure to enjoy these in new book. We feel for each of the characters, and care about what happens to them. Her descriptions of the gorgeous scenery will have every reader planning their next holiday, and dreaming of the turquoise seas. The majority of the story takes place during the three days of the cruise, and the story will keep you hooked; the writing is absorbing and some of the twists are quite unexpected! The examination of what secrets people can keep, especially from those closest to us, makes for compelling reading, and issues and emotions the characters face have the power to make us think about our own friendships, families and romantic lives.
Perfect for a relaxing read, this is book will make you realise the importance of knowing what you want in life and having the courage to go after it – and how friendships can survive even the biggest secrets.
Fiona Palmer lives in the tiny rural town of Pingaring in Western Australia, three and a half hours south-east of Perth. She discovered Danielle Steel at the age of eleven, and has now written her own brand of rural romance. She has attended romance writers’ groups and received an Australian Society of Authors mentorship for her first novel, The Family Farm. She has followed on from its success with many more novels all bestsellers. She has extensive farming experience, does the local mail run, and was a speedway-racing driver for seven years. She spends her days writing, working as a farm hand, helping out in the community and looking after her two children.