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Birthright - Fiona Lowe

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Published: 19th February 2018
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Australian author Fiona Lowe returns with a juicy family saga, set against the backdrop of Victoria's high country, about unforgettable characters tangled together by a wealthy inheritance, secrets and betrayal. Is an inheritance a privilege or a right? Does it show love?

Margaret, the matriarch of the wealthy Jamieson family, has always been as tight-fisted with the family money as she is with her affection. Her eldest daughter, Sarah, is successful in her own right as a wife, mother and part owner of a gourmet food empire. But it's not enough to impress her mother. Always in the shadow cast by the golden glow of her younger brother, Sarah feels compelled to meet Margaret's every demand to earn her love. Does it give security? After a poverty-stricken childhood, Anita has claimed the social status she's worked so hard to achieve by marrying Cameron Jamieson. Although they have a comfortable life, she's never able to fully relax, fearing everything could change in a heartbeat. Or does it mean freedom?

Ellie, the youngest, has lived a nomadic and - according to her siblings - a selfish life, leaving them to care for their ageing mother. For her, freedom means staying far away from the strings attached to her inheritance, but she needs to consider her young son's future as well. As their mother's health deteriorates, will long-held secrets and childhood rivalries smash this family into pieces? An addictive and page-turning story of the relationships between siblings and of deceit, betrayal and revenge.

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Secrets, lies, inheritance and sibling rvalry

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The book opens on Mother's Day with Sarah awakening to an alarm that didn't need to be set, way too early for any Sunday let alone Mother's Day. In what is a common thought for many mothers she finds herself thinking, on more than one occasion throughout the day, that this is supposed to be her day. She hosts a Mother's Day lunch at her place for her mother and siblings trying to walk the fine line between having a mother's day for herself and celebrating her mother. I really loved this book and the themes it raised though I have to say that I really didn't like most of the characters at one point or another. Fiona Lowe started her writing career with romance novels but in the last couple of years has spread her typing fingers and expanded into family sagas, and this one certainly is a saga. There is drama, betrayal, secrets, lies and despicable behaviour. It's one thing to have a family pull out the swords and fight like carrion over a will after a death in the family when emotions are already high and grief is in the mix. I think it's a completely different thing for the backstabbing and sneaking around to try and find out, then change, the terms of a will before the family member is even on their deathbed, it is completely reprehensible. Family should be about so much more than what you're going to get when your loved ones pass away. I know this sort of thing happens, and it happens a lot, but it doesn't make it any easier for me to fathom. I really enjoyed following the family through fracture and drama to watch them come through the other side. Inheritance isn't the only issue facing the Jamieson's, there's abuse, infidelity, divorce, building new business, out of character teenage behaviour, betrayal, lies and shady business dealings. And that's before they start uncovering the secrets that were buried in the past. Birthright was a story that definitely captured my attention and kept me enthralled, even when I couldn't find much to like about the characters.

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Fiona Lowe

Fiona Lowe has been a midwife, a sexual health counsellor and a family support worker; an ideal career for an author who writes novels about family and relationships. She spent her early years in Papua New Guinea where, without television, reading was the entertainment and it set up a lifelong love of books.

While on maternity leave with her first baby she heard an interview on ABC radio with a staff member from Mills & Boon who said they were actively seeking authors. How hard could it be? (Yeah, right). 

A recipient of the prestigious USA RITA® award and the Australian RuBY award, Fiona's books are set in small country towns and feature real people facing difficult choices and explore how family ties and relationships impact on their decisions.

When she's not writing stories, she's a distracted wife, mother of two ‘ginger’ sons, a volunteer in her community, guardian of 80 rose bushes, slave to a cat and is often found collapsed on the couch with wine.

Visit Fiona Lowe's Booktopia Author Page


ISBN: 9781489246745
ISBN-10: 1489246746
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 19th February 2018
Publisher: Harlequin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.62