The Summer of Secrets

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Penguin Group Australia, Jul 30, 2018 - Fiction - 384 pages
Sydney journalist Chloe Brown is painfully aware that her biological clock isn't just ticking, it's booming. When her long term boyfriend finally admits he never wants children, Chloe is devastated. Impulsively, she moves as far from disappointment as she can – to a job on a small country newspaper in Queensland's far north.

The little town seems idyllic, a cosy nest, and Chloe plans to regroup and, possibly, to embark on single motherhood via IVF. But she soon realises that no place is free from trouble or heartache. The grouchy news editor, Finn Latimer, is a former foreign correspondent who has retreated after a family tragedy. Emily, the paper's elegant, sixty-something owner, is battling with her husband's desertion. Meanwhile, the whole town is worried when their popular young baker disappears.

As lives across generations become more deeply entwined, the lessons are clear. Secrets and silence harbour pain, while honesty and openness bring healing and hope. And love. All that's needed now is courage...

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Contents

COVER
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER FIVE
CHAPTER SEVEN
CHAPTER NINE
CHAPTER ELEVEN
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT
CHAPTER THIRTY
CHAPTER THIRTYTWO
CHAPTER THIRTYFOUR
CHAPTER THIRTYSIX
CHAPTER THIRTYEIGHT
CHAPTER THIRTYNINE

CHAPTER SIXTEEN
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
CHAPTER TWENTY
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
CHAPTER FORTY
CHAPTER FORTYTWO
EPILOGUE
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About the author (2018)

A former English teacher, Barbara Hannay is a city-bred girl with a yen for country life. Many of her forty-plus books are set in rural and outback Australia and have been enjoyed by readers around the world. She has won the RITA, awarded by Romance Writers of America, and has twice won the Romantic Book of the Year award in Australia. In her own version of life imitating art, Barbara and her husband currently live on a misty hillside in beautiful Far North Queensland where they keep heritage pigs and chickens and an untidy but productive garden.

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