Preview Reviews: Just An Ordinary Family by Fiona Lowe

Preview Reviews: Just An Ordinary Family by Fiona Lowe

Every family has its secrets and the Hunter family is no different. But when the secrets are revealed the family implodes, and the fallout for these four women will be inescapable…

Our Preview readers loved Fiona Lowe’s latest book Just An Ordinary Family, and loved finding out that no one really has an ordinary family!

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The title of this book suggests that the characters who are central to the theme of the book are a traditional family. However the dynamics and structures of Australian families have changed since the 1970. These changes are highlighted in this book and are discussed realistically and with insight in the book. Issues such as acceptance, individual difference and grief and loss are particularly well raised as well as the pitfalls of online dating. Fiona is to be congratulated for raising all these issues in a work of fiction which is well worth reading . – Alison, NSW 4 stars

Just when I thought the could be no more surprises, Lowe turned everything on it’s head. The characters were complex, just as people are in real life and therefore very relatable. Looking forward to now ready more from this Author. – Janelle, NSW, 4 stars

This was a book I couldn’t put down, I loved it! I felt involved with the characters and their perspectives from the very start. I didn’t want it to end. – Cassandra, NSW, 4 stars

“Just an Ordinary Family” is anything but! A quite extraordinary family… I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but it was a bit of a tear jerker towards the end. Peter’s a typical good bloke, but the women in the book: his wife Karen, the twins Libby and Alice, and Libby’s bestie Jess are more complex. I felt the most for Jess, and the life she lived, but she didn’t make things easy for herself! Despite Libby’s rigidity; the secrets of her husband, mother, and best friend; and Alice’s own issues, things resolve themselves in the end. The family overcomes their difficulties, and life goes on… – Ayesha, NSW, 4 stas

Life doesn’t always unfold the way that we expect it to. This is a tale of strong women who are playing the cards that life has dealt them and living the best way that they know how despite the obstacles before them. Anyone who has ever had a mother or a sister or a best friend will find this tale relatable. Anyone who has ever had the responsibility of raising a child or yearned for such a chance will find this book pulling at their heart strings. It takes a village to raise a child and this intergenerational tale reminds us that, even in the most unconventional and dysfunctional of circumstances, family ties are important. The honest and raw characters written about in this book are the types of people I’d like to sit down and have a chat to over a glass of wine or four. What an enjoyable read. – Alana, VIC, 4 stars

Mi casa es su casa – my house is your house. Five small words, but a sentiment strong enough to sustain a relationship and create a bond for life. This is how it was for Libby and Jess. Friends since their teenage years, they had shared everything growing up, and their relationship was stronger than the bond that Libby felt with her twin, Alice. While this created problems for Alice, Libby was oblivious, enjoying the spontaneity and carefree attitude that Jess brought to her life. Over the years, the girls went their own directions in terms of career and family, but they remained connected and caught up as often as commitments allowed. But all of that changed when Jess returned to their childhood town and became closely involved with Libby’s family. When a secret emerges that affects all their lives, it creates a divide that can’t be bridged. Will a tragedy clear the air and return the relationship to the way it was? Or will it deepen the chasm that opened between them? Just an Ordinary Family explores the relationships between sisters, friends, parents and their children, and the dangers of breaking trust, with an acuity that makes it compulsive reading. – Christine, QLD, 5 stars

Just an Ordinary Family is about how one family’s secrets can impact on the health and wellbeing of the people they care about and the lengths they go to keep the secrets. Also about how the lies that are created can eat and tear away at the people you care about and how secrets can ruin relationships. This book highlights the importance of forgiving before it is too late. – Sandra, NSW, 4 stars

The illusion of a perfect life or relationship often unravels quickly once you start to scratch at the surface. This is the premise of Just An Ordinary Family, which tells the story of Libby, her twin sister Alice, her mother Karen, and her best friend Jess. Although Libby’s seemingly perfect life inspires envy in others, it is quickly revealed that things are not quite as wonderful as they seem. Just An Ordinary Family deals with some pretty serious issues such as infidelity, pregnancy loss, and infertility. Speaking about these experiences is often considered to be taboo, despite them being completely ordinary in the sense that most families deal with them. I personally really appreciated reading a book that brought these issues to the forefront, dealing with them in such an interesting and sensitive way. The writing was beautiful and the characters were nuanced and relatable – although they were flawed their entire characterisation was not defined by their mistakes. Each of the main characters also had an interesting backstory or unexpected twist that was revealed throughout the book, making it impossible to put down. Just An Ordinary Family is powerful, thought-provoking, and emotive – I loved reading this amazing book. – Amanda, QLD, 5 stars

Just an ordinary family was a bitter sweet story of Love, loss and complex family relationships, wonderful read and my first Fiona Lowe book. The old saying blood is thicker than water seems very apt in the story of twin sisters Libby & Alice and long time friend Jess. When a decade long friendship is betrayed can it ever be truly mended and is it easier to forgive family or a best friend? This book with have you both loving and disliking the same characters but definitely cheering for sweet Alice. – Deanne, VIC, 4 stars

Since reading ‘Birthright’ Fiona Lowe has become one of my must read authors. She has the ability to write about family dramas without them becoming over dramatised. The families she develops and their problems are relatable. They could be families you know or even your own family. Just an Ordinary Family follows the Hunter family; Karen, Peter and their twin daughters Libby and Alice and Libby’s long time best friend Jess. Lowe’s characters are flawed which in turn makes them real. Alice at 33 is worried she won’t find a partner and start a family before her biological clock runs out. Libby is desperate for another child but is this unfulfilled longing affecting her marriage? Their mother, Karen, still worries about her grown daughters. Libby is happy to be back in her home town and part of a real family as the Hunter’s welcome her with open arms. Lowe has written a compelling story about trust and betrayal, regret and forgiveness, fertility, motherhood and family ties, bringing to the fore many issues that are pertinent to women everywhere making this a book not to be missed. – Veronica, NSW, 4 stars

I simply adored Just an Ordinary Family! Twin sisters Alice and Libby are both navigating tricky times in their lives, and uncover a convoluted web of secrets and hidden truths along the way. The intricacy of the storyline along with well-developed characters are utterly compelling. Fiona Lowe clearly articulates the complexities of life, no matter how seemingly perfect they appear on the surface. This book certainly serves as a warning to readers that even the best kept secrets will never stay buried. A superb read, thank you to Better Reading for the preview! – Sarah, VIC, 5 stars

What an amazing novel! For those who love family sagas and an unputdownable read, this is your book! It’s hard to say too much without spoiling the novel but you won’t regret the decision to buy this book. Buy. Buy. Buy. – Kirsten, WA, 5 stars

“Just an Ordinary Family” is a beautifully written book, full of the ups and downs of a rather extraordinary family, of all the intersecting friendships and relationships in their quest to venture along life’s roller coaster. We meet twins Alice and Libby, their parents, partners, children, friends, colleagues – each one playing an important part in the events which unfold, and the consequences of some of these events. We celebrate with them, we cheer them on, we grieve at the trials that are bumps in their path. We look in from outside, but along the way we become so involved that we soon feel we are part of the story. I must admit there were a few late nights reading this book, I just couldn’t put it down. Fiona Lowe has woven her magic and I was definitely hooked. There is nothing ordinary about “Just an Ordinary Family”, and it is definitely one to put on your “must read” list. I am very much looking forward to reading Fiona’s earlier books. – Jane, NSW, 5 stars

I was intrigued by Fiona Lowe’s book title, as there is no such thing as an ordinary family. Fiona tells a great story, the characters came to life for me and I became emotionally invested in what was happening to each of them. So much so that I shed tears at the end for a character I despised in earlier chapters. Each of them was flawed, as we all are, but they all had good qualities too. The story crossed generations and ages, and showed how much times have changed. The issues were all relatable, and Fiona totally nailed the sister competitive/reliant factor. A great summer read, set in a gorgeous part of Victoria … I would love to go there right now and have a beer with them all. – Maggie, VIC, 4 stars

The theme that rings out for me while reading this book is the need to feel worthy .. to have a sense of belonging. I’m a slow reader but kept coming back wanting to know what will happen next. The twins Alice and Libby both have different characters. Libby is married to Nick and is closer to her best friend Jess than to her own sister. Jess is a single mum who has had a turbulent childhood. Alice is my favourite character whom I connected with the most. All families keep secrets but in this family I feel the secrets often makes them question “who am I”? A great read that kept me coming back to find out more. – Alison, QLD, 4 stars

“Just an Ordinary Family” by Fiona Lowe.What a wonderful book. I was thoroughly engrossed with this book from the first page to the last. At times I felt like I was part of this family, feeling every bit of their pain and happiness. The story was one of happiness, sadness, despair and joy. I loved how it took you on a journey and felt very much part of the ride. At times i laughed, at other times i was moved to sadness. Such a beautifully written book, would highly recommend this book. ok this was. I was throughly engrossed with the depth of stories and charters from the very first page to the last. – Christine, QLD, 5 stars

I was completely immersed reading this realistic and raw family saga Alice and Libby Hunter are twins in their thirties. Alice finds herself single and unemployed and is forced to return back to her seaside hometown of Kurnai Bay, Victoria and move in with her parents Karen & Peter. Twin Libby has the perfect husband Nick, two beautiful young daughters and she’s the small town’s doctor. Alice wonders why her life can’t be that perfect. Jess has had a turbulent childhood, she’s a single mum and Libby’s best friend. Jess is practically part of the Hunter family and Alice has always felt jealous of the bond Jess and Libby have together. This is a family saga about love, loss, betrayal, toxic friendships, forgiveness and sacrifice. It’s captivating and intense with engaging characters and wonderful storytelling. Life can change in a breath, a great read! – Gloria, SA, 4 stars

Fiona Lowe’s latest novel is an excellent read with an authentic Aussie flavour. Her characters are thoroughly relatable and believably flawed, making poor decisions and plagued by secrets and guilt. Lowe throws her protagonists a number of challenges, the sort that might confront any ordinary family, and then lets the reader observe their reactions from several perspectives. A thought-provoking piece of contemporary fiction that will stay with readers long after the last page is turned. – Marianne, NSW, 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book!! I became so absorbed in the lives of the characters and was so sad when I finished the book, it will stay on your mind for days after. This book revolves around the dramas of the Hunter Family, twins Libby and Alice and the friendship between Libby and best friend Jess. A friendship which appears perfect, but underneath the surface there are secrets and acts of betrayal which will impact all the characters in the book. Libby’s twin sister Alice, was one of my favourite characters and someone I would have loved to be friends with in real life. Often living in the shadow of Libby and Jess, she is a real hero when times become tough. Her courage to live the life she wants to be happy is inspiring, in spite what her mother and sister think is best for her. This book will have you feeling all the emotions, laughter and tears and I loved it. Thank you Better Reading and Harlequin Australia for my advanced copy, I can’t wait to look up more Fiona Lowe books! – Kim, VIC, 5 stars

What a great book from start to finish live secrets lies betrayal and forgiveness this book has it all the characters are brilliant hard book to put down – Deborah, NSW, 5 stars

I am a huge fan of Fiona Lowe’s books and ‘Just An Ordinary Family’ did not disappoint! The challenges of friendship, love and family with twists and turns as the story unfolded made me not want to stop reading! – Amanda, QLD, 5 stars

Family ties, family lies, secrets, struggles, sisters and friends. This book has it all! Each character brings something different to this tale and the characters (Libby, Alice, Jess and Karen) are so real and so relatable. Fiona Lowe makes you love and loathe the characters, she makes you feel emotional about the lives they lead and she draws you in to this book in a way that you just don’t want to stop reading! There is humour, sadness, jealousy and small town mentality. There are twists and turns that keep you on your toes, there are secrets and lies but then there is family and the strength of having loved ones around when everything around you seems to be falling apart. Loved this book, loved the story and loved the characters. – Donna, TAS, 4 stars

The moment I read the blurb of this book I knew it was one I would love and love it I did! This book is full of all the day to day things a life can hold but with many secrets and many roller coaster events! This book is filled with fantastic characters that you feel in touch with and familiar situations a lot of us have been through. This in itself makes it such an emotional read! We all have our ups and downs in life and this roller coaster of a book has us hanging on for the ride of just an ordinary family. Well maybe not quite an ordinary family but a unique one all the same! I couldn’t get enough!​ Alice a 34 year old is forced to move home after life threw her a raw deal. It is here we watch her fall in love again. Will it be with the right man? Libby is Alice’s twin sister – she has the best of friends, her 2 daughters and a loving husband what could possibly go wrong there? Everything is what! You’ll have to read to find out for yourself what happens, but hold onto your seats! – Amy, ACT 4 stars

A beautifully woven story about the complexity of friendship and family and those who seemingly ‘have it all’ – Georgia, VIC, 5 stars

An absolutely delightful novel, I just could not put it down. Equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming. The characters are written with pure heart, I’m finding myself missing them already. – Dianne, SA, 5 stars

Earlier this year I read my first Fiona Lowe book – Home Fires. It was a deeply emotional book that I became so immersed it that I did not want it to end. So when given the opportunity to read another of this authors books I jumped at the chance. Just an Ordinary Family was a very different story, but still a character study. Once again I was caught up in the lives of this family and the small town. Fiona Lowe gets you so involved in her characters that you feel as if you are there and that you are part of it all. I highly recommend this book and author. Just an Ordinary Family is the story of 4 women, a family in a small seaside town of Kurnai Bay in Victoria, Australia. There are the twin sisters who are living completely different lives – Alice and Libby. Alice has returned to her hometown after finding herself suddenly single and unemployed. She moves back in with her parents and tries to get her life back on track. Libby is a successful doctor, married with 2 daughters. Everything that Alice desires. But Libby’s picture perfect life is about to come crumbling down around her and things will never be the same again. Then there is Jess, Libby’s BFF and basically part of the Hunter family. She has had a tough upbringing and is now a single mum. Karen Hunter is the mother in this family, trying to hold them all together and do what is best for her girls. But like in all families, there are secrets. Secrets that will tear them all apart and wonder who they really are. There will be broken hearts, tears and love. This book will make you laugh but warning – it will also make you cry. It was a roller coaster of emotions for me as my feelings towards the characters changed as we learn more about them. Thank you to Better Reading Australia and Harper Collins Australia for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased. – Mandy, NSW, 4 stars

No matter how perfect they look from the outside, every family has its secrets. And Fiona Lowe’s Just an Ordinary Family is a prime example of that. Certainly things are never as they seem and sooner or later the truth comes out. A cast of flawed yet relatable characters and a few decent twists and turns makes this an engrossing read. I found Jess a little too harsh, while Alice was definitely my favourite. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable read, highly recommend! – Imogen, VIC, 5 stars

I found this book enjoyable and entertaining. Unlike some other novels in this genre, the plot was not predictable. It surprised me quite a few times with plot twists and turns. I found the writing quite good and found the novel easy to sit down with and read for long stretches. The characters were well drawn and interesting. On the whole a good read, and I will be looking into Fiona Lowe’s other novels.I found this book enjoyable and entertaining. Unlike some other novels in this genre, the plot was not predictable. It surprised me quite a few times with plot twists and turns. I found the writing quite good and found the novel easy to sit down with and read for long stretches. The characters were well drawn and interesting. On the whole a good read, and I will be looking into Fiona Lowe’s other novels. – Sandra, VIC, 4 stars

Only a few chapters in and the characters and situations presented in ‘ Just an Ordinary Family’ had me captivated. It’s very easy to read and relate too as we all have a family and stories within our families (good, the bad and the ugly) whether we are related to them or not. It showed struggles of different childhoods/upbringings of family that come in all sorts and sizes. My favourite character is Alice, I think it’s because I found myself relating to her the most- being that I am of a similar age, single, in search of the life she wants but seems always so out of reach. Also, everyone seems to assume Alice is the weaker and maybe the most boring one in the family although they soon learn that couldn’t be further from the truth… I enjoyed Fiona’s writing in that they are big chapters but almost like little chapters within it where you find out bits from the past at the same time as reading about the present. Throughout the book not only do you read what is going on but also some of the characters thoughts at the time of conversations taking place. So you always knew how each character was thinking as well as how they thought and treated themselves in their own mind. ‘Just An Ordinary Family’ has a lot of depth but also scandal, modern day romance and life as a married couple with characters Libby (Alice’s confident doctor sister) and Nick (Libby’s hunky kind husband). If you enjoy books like Liane Moriarty’s Big little lies or The husbands secret – you’ll love this! Fiona adds suspense and intrigue into each character which leaves you wanting to read more. I can see this novel being turned into a very addictive TV series! (fingers crossed) – Samantha, QLD, 4 stars

“Just an Ordinary Family” is anything but an ordinary read! What starts out as a seemingly ordinary story pulls you into the lives of what appears to be a fairly normal family and then sidelines you with the insight that could unravel it all. But it doesn’t stop there. The saga that unfolds piece after piece keeps you reading page after page until BAM! You’re hit with another turn of events that you just didn’t see coming. Fiona Lowe has cleverly orchestrated this story like a smorgasbord of drama that you need to keep devouring. The honesty and rawness that flows from this book can be confronting, and I thank Fiona for the courage to write it. – Belinda, VIC, 4 stars

Kurnai Bay’s babygate scandal rocks the world of the Hunter-Pirelli family and fuels the local gossip-mongers to fever pitch. Everyone has an opinion or position and the reader too will rapidly pick their side, supporting the wronged party. Lives are derailed, mistakes are costly, friendships are toxic, dating apps lead to tears, and the only truth seems to be in the tea leaves. But as the lies, secrets and untold histories unravel, the exploration of emotional and pragmatic responses unfurls, sympathies shift. **redacted due to potential spoilers** Her attempts to take back control of her life and deal with further grief leads to controlling and odious behaviours. Alice, Libby’s twin, has always needed fixing but will be instrumental in mending damaged lives. Jess, more a sister to Libby than her excluded twin, takes sharing too far. ‘Just An Ordinary Family’ propels the reader through the dilemmas and difficulties of friendships and their benefits, the presumption of love and trust within a family, and the pain of betrayal and it’s impact on the aggrieved and the innocent. If only you could choose your relatives … how appropos! – Anita, QLD, 3 stars

Wow, what a novel. After the first 100 pages, I wasnt sure if I would continue but Im so glad i did. I loved all the characters, even if they grated my nerves sometimes and the whole plot with its twists and turns was amazing. Thank you – Kirstie, WA, 5 stars

Simply FABULOUS I loved this book from the first page to the last.  My dilemma was that I could not put it down yet did not want to finish it and leave behind such wonderful characters and friends.  Days later and they are still all with me.    Fiona Lowe writes from the heart and she takes you on a wonderful roller coaster of a ride with  Just an Ordinary Family as with all of her books, such beautiful country settings adorable every day families and topics.  I can not recommend this enough, I give it ten stars!- do not  read anything about it other than to read it and love it. My favourite book for 2019 thank you Fiona and Better Reading. – Debbie, VIC, 5 stars

Fiona Lowe has nailed it! “Just An Ordinary Family” is absolutely packed with relatable characters and emotional twists and turns. I quite simply could not put it down! Keep the tissues handy as you may need them… – Kelly, QLD, 5 stars

A fantastic emotion roller coaster of a book! Explores the differences in the relationships we have with our family and very close friends and is heartwarming and funny but also tragic and edgy and the characters are so relatable. I devoured this book in a day and beleive it should be read by women everywhere. – Rachel, QLD, 5 stars

What a fabulous read. I couldn’t put it down and thoroughly enjoyed reading Just and Ordinary Family. The plot was realistic and had many twists and turns. Fiona Lowe has written a thought provoking novel that will make you think all about relationships, trust and love. I loved this book. – Larelle, QLD, 5 stars

Wow what a great read. This is one of those books you need to read right to the end. The story had beautiful characters and twists I didn’t see coming it and was based on close family and best friends. It’s about the best and worse of friends and family and when they lie it can hurt so much. That when you find out a family secret or a secret from your best friend it hurts and can never be taken back or undone. This story also shows how strong family and friends can be in a time of upset and crises because of the secrets kept. It’s a must read for everyone. – Beth, TAS, 5 stars

This is a book I found really difficult to get into at the start. The characters weren’t engaging, the story was so so and had it been a film I would have turned it off. I kept reading, and am glad I did. The second half of the book captured my attention, had me reaching for tissues and kept me up well past my bedtime. With many issues raised, the story could have finished bland, thankfully they were covered well and added to the stories end. – Jodie, WA, 4 stars

I love a book that manages to be an easy, enjoyable read, whilst dealing with deep, thought provoking themes. ‘Just an Ordinary Family’ explores the messy side of relationships and the far reaching consequences of our actions through the eyes of characters that are complicated, flawed and utterly relatable. One minute I was raging with Libby at the injustice of betrayal, the next my heart was aching for the wounded child in Jess, and don’t even get me started on Alice, Karen, Peter, Nick, Harry (and his kids!) or Dan….. the list goes on and on as Fiona’s ability to develop her characters is masterful. As the characters navigated their circumstances so many thought provoking questions arose: What impact does our past have on our present relationships? How can our good intentions hurt the ones we love? Are some betrayals unforgiveable? Who decides and should anyone else get a say? I was pondering these questions long after I turned the final page. It may have been my first Fiona Lowe novel, but it certainly won’t be my last. – Tamarin, QLD, 5 stars

The title of this book is not what it seems. This family are far from being ordinary. The twists and turns in this novel are amazing. When secrets are kept and then discovered, they have a devastating effect on the four main characters. In saying that, the revelations do bring sisters Libby and Alice closer than they ever were before. I loved it – Vivien, ACT, 4 stars

I loved this book! Great characters with a few twists and turns along the way.A great summer read! – Amy, VIC, 4 stars

I truly loved reading this book!! There are four lead characters in this story Alice, Libby, Jess, and Nick. I can say that Fiona presented all those characters very well, until I totally disliked the antagonist one (Jess), and feel totally sorry for Libby. This book is about tangled toxic friendships and secrets in the family. Though the title is “Just An Ordinary Family”, this story is extra ordinary until i lose sleep reading this book. Fiona also did very well presenting the unexpected moments along the story line, so eventhough the book is thick, it never gets boring. – Vivi, NSW, 5 stars

Just an Ordinary Family was a great read. Really loved Alice, her relationship with her twin and family will make you laugh and cry. Has a twist. Will read more Fiona Lowe books now. 😀 – Elizabeth, NSW, 5 stars

Drama, twists and dilemmas galore! At the start of the book, author Fiona Lowe notes, “I sent up a general hope that I would never have to personally deal with what I’ve thrown at Alice, Libby, Jess and Karen”. And it’s true: she throws so many problems at these poor women that you end the book by putting out your own wish that you never have to get through a raft of dilemmas this huge. This is a book about families, friendships, parenthood, love and betrayal, and all the complications that come with each of those. It’s a compelling read that keeps you turning pages well after it’s time for lights out. ‘Just an Ordinary Family’ is action-packed and full of heart. We get to know this family as though they’re old friends of ours, and you’ll be quietly cheering them on as they make poor decisions, go through heartbreak and finally reach flawed, human resolutions. – Megan, VIC, 4 stars

Just an ordinary family is a book about bonds and the strong relationships people build with each other. Libby and Alice are twins bound by blood but aren’t as close as most twins are because Libby has a best friend, Jess whom she shares everything with. Alice has always been jealous of their closeness and was always the one getting left out. As they grow up, Alice learns to live her own life away from Libby until heartbreak brings her back. The bond between Libby and Jess is as strong as ever much to Alice’s disappointment. But Alice, the meeker of the two twins learns to love again unexpectedly and eventually gets the bond she wants with Libby through a secret which will rock everyone’s world. – Francis, NSW, 5 stars

Just an Ordinary Family by Fiona Lowe is a fantastic story. It focuses on the story of twin sisters, their mother, and a close friend of one of the twins. Their stories are intertwined, with no way of predicting the outcomes. During the turns and twists of the story, many life themes are covered. You become totally involved with the characters, especially emotionally. I was reading through tears in parts. A very well written story, I thoroughly enjoyed it. – Fay, VIC, 5 stars


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          Just An Ordinary Family
          Fiona Lowe
          24 February, 2020


          Liane Moriarty meets Jodi Picoult in this tensely negotiated story of family ties, betrayal and sacrifice.Every family has its secrets...Alice Hunter is smarting from the raw deal life has thrown her way: suddenly single, jobless and forced to move home to her parents' tiny seaside town. And now she faces an uncomfortable truth. She wants her twin sister Libby's enviable life.Libby's closest friend Jess Dekic has been around the Hunter family for so long she might as well be blood. She's always considered herself a sister closer to Libby than Alice ever could be...Libby Hunter has all of life's boxes ticked: prominent small-town doctor, gorgeous husband and two young daughters. But when she is betrayed by those she loves most, it reveals how tenuous her world is...For Karen Hunter, her children are a double-edged sword of pain and pride. She's always tried to guide her girls through life's pitfalls, but how do you protect your children when they're adults?As the family implodes, the fallout for these four women will be inescapable...Bestselling Australian author Fiona Lowe wields a deft hand, creating utterly addictive storytelling that will have you questioning your own perceptions of what family is.
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          Fiona Lowe

          Fiona Lowe has been a midwife, a sexual health counsellor and a family support worker - an ideal career path for an author who writes novels about family and relationships.  A recipient of the prestigious USA RITA award and the Australian RUBY award, Fiona’s books are set in small country towns, feature real people facing difficult choices and explore how family ties and relationships impact our decisions.  Fiona spent her early years in Papua New Guinea where, without television, reading was her best form of entertainment – inevitably leading to a lifelong love of books.  Daughter of Mine is Fiona’s 28th novel.  Fiona Lowe lives in Western Victoria.  Visit

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