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Jack and Kate - Dianne Blacklock

Paperback Published: 22nd June 2018
ISBN: 9781925786132
Number Of Pages: 492

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"Dianne is one of Australia's most beloved writers of women's fiction and if you haven't yet read any of her books, you're in for a special treat." -- Liane Moriarty

It's 1980, and Kathryn Rowland is young and ambitious. She has precise plans drawn out for her future and no one -- not demanding parents, nor romantic entanglements -- is going to get in her way.

But then she meets Jack Gallagher. As one of the top fashion photographers in the country Jack knows all about ambition, but he's become bored with the picture-perfect women who surround him and he finds himself enchanted by independent Kate.

So how did they end up, almost a decade later, estranged, still nursing long held pain and regret? How did Jack find her, and what does he want with her son? As family secrets are revealed, and lies -- so many lies -- unravel, a tragedy brings them once again into each other's orbit.

Set against the backdrop of Sydney in the 1980s, the fashion houses of Paris, strife-torn Ethiopia, and all the way back to a house overlooking the beach on the picturesque south coast, Jack and Kate is a captivating tale of first love and second chances told with Dianne Blacklock's trademark warmth and humour.

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Jack and Kate is the tenth novel by Australian author, Dianne Blacklock. It's September 1980 when architecture student, Kathryn Rowland first encounters the attractive Jack Gallagher. Jack is a well-known fashion photographer, and when Kathryn realises who he is, she knows she's out of his league. After all, this is a man who is surrounded by models all day long. But Jack is taken by this feisty, funny young woman, and before long, they can't help but admit they are in love. When Jack meets Kate's well-to-do parents, in February, he realises he's well out of her league too, but he's determined he will marry Sir Charles and Lady Rowland's only daughter. How then, a mere eight years later, is Kathryn the twice-divorced single mother of seven-year-old Sam? What Kathryn asks, though, at the start of their Hamilton Island holiday, is why Jack is there, and what does he want with her son? Blacklock sets her story in the eighties and the many references to songs, food, fashions, national and international events may cause some nostalgia in readers of a certain vintage. Her plot is easily believable and the dialogue is natural: exactly what you'd hear in the local café or workplace. Blacklock's protagonists, for all their (very human) flaws, are appealing: characters with integrity and kindness who grow and mature. For the reader, Jack and Kate are genuine and easy to invest in: the returns being plenty of laughter but also tears, and ultimately a charming romance. These two claim the reader's hope and care, but also occasionally incite the desire to grab them by the shoulders, shake them, and tell them to open their eyes, to really talk to each other, to be honest about their feelings. While some will have the reader gasping at their arrogance and selfishness, most of the support cast are equally endearing: the irrepressible Frankie is likely to be a favourite but sweet young Sam steals all the scenes in which he appears. As her characters battle with their work-li

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ISBN: 9781925786132
ISBN-10: 1925786137
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 492
Published: 22nd June 2018
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.72

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