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From one of Australia’s favourite storytellers comes a heartwarming story spanning three generations about when to fight and when to surrender – and how new love can heal old wounds.
Kim Richards is a creative woman of the land, a rural ambassador who’s renowned for her contribution to her community. But deep down, she’s lonely. She’s already watched the man she loves falls for someone else, and her dream of starting her own family feels like it’s slipping through her fingers.
Enter Charlie McNamara, an older man who’s arrived in Lake Grace on business. Sparks fly between Kim and Charlie, but he seems to have a hidden agenda and a past life he’s trying to hide.
They’re both drawn to local hermit Harry, a Vietnam veteran who’s haunted by memories from the war. What ties these lost souls together? Can they solve a long-held family mystery and heal fractures of the heart?
Fiona Palmer has well and truly earned her place as a leading writer of one of Australia’s much loved genres. Countryman.
The Family Secret is the ninth stand-alone novel by Australian author, Fiona Palmer. Kimberley Richards loves running their family farm near Lake Grace with her brother, Matt, and for relaxation she has her metal sculpting, a hobby in which her talent is obvious. But at twenty-eight, she longs to share her life with a partner. She's coming to terms with the fact that Drew, the man she loves, is marrying another, but her two other significant relationships have left her guarding her heart.
When Charlie McNamara comes to Lake Grace it's for a specific purpose, and he knows his job as Elders Insurance agent will allow him to make his enquiries. He comes across an attractive woman installing a brilliant metal kangaroo in the main street and is immediately attracted: he can see the feeling is mutual. He shouldn't let this gorgeous female distract him, but she's hard to resist.
Harry the Hermit is a somewhat legendary figure, and when foul weather throws them together, Kim is wary. Turns out Harry is a Vietnam veteran, helping Tom Murphy on this farm, growing his own veggies and happy in the company of his dogs. Despite the local gossip about him, Kim decides his bark is worse than his bite.
Palmer's story is split into two time periods: the present day is narrated by Kim and Charlie; the events of the late 1960's are told by John Parson. Palmer captures the feel of each era with consummate ease, and her extensive research into the experiences of Vietnam soldiers is clearly apparent, as is her knowledge of farming in Western Australia.
Although this is essentially a romance novel, Palmer does touch on issues both topical and age-old: the gender role in farming; the effect of conscription on the rural community; succession of the family farm; and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
While this book can be read as a stand-alone, readers will recognise certain characters from Palmer's earlier novel, The Saddler Boys. This gentle-paced rural romance has a bit of
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The Family Secret
ISBN: 9780143799801 ISBN-10: 0143799800 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 352 Published: 3rd October 2017 Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 0.45