Set in the 19th and 21st centuries, Heather Garside's debut novel is a passionate rural romance of love and its consequences.
Shelley and Emma are separated by time but bound by a dark secret to a place called Breakaway Creek. Betrayed by her long-term boyfriend, Shelley Blake has escaped the city to visit a remote Queensland town to research some family history.
Her interest in a photograph of her great-greatgrandparents is piqued by her family's reticence about the mystery couple, and a search for answers takes her to the outback cattle station Breakaway Creek. Here she meets Luke Sherman, a man embroiled in the bitter ending of his marriage and a heartbreaking separation from his two small boys. Shelley resists an instant attraction to Luke, as neither is ready for a new relationship, but love doesn't always pay attention. And, while Luke struggles to reclaim his children, Shelley uncovers the truth about her ancestors, Alex and Emma. A story of racial bigotry and a love that transcends all obstacles takes the reader back to the pioneering days of the 1890s.
About the Author
Heather Garside grew up on a cattle property in Central Queensland and now lives with her husband and son on a beef and grain farm in the same area.
She has previously published three historical romances, one of which, The Cornstalk, was a finalist in the 2008 Bookseller's Best Award. Heather has also helped to write and produce several compilations of short stories and local histories.
Her latest novel is Breakaway Creek, a rural romance. It was a finalist in the QWC/Hachette Manuscript Deveopment Award and is published by Clan Destine Press.
Tracks of the Heart, a collection of three short stories, has also been released by Clan Destine Press.