A heartfelt and compelling story of family, secrets and second chances, set in the heart of the beautiful Hunter Valley of NSW, from an award-winning new voice in Australian fiction.
A fractured family. Guilty secrets. Can the Lawson legacy be saved?
For many years Elizabeth Lawson has battled single-handedly to run the family’s historic horse stud in memory of her beloved father. But a devastating loss puts her dreams at risk. With no options left, Liz is forced to turn to her estranged sister Kayla for help.
Kayla has built a new life in the city as a wedding planner, far removed from the stableyard sweat and dust of her rural upbringing. She never thought she’d go back. But when Liz calls out of the blue, Kayla forms a plan that could save their childhood home.
Kayla’s return forces Liz to confront her past … and her future, in the shape of Mitch, her first and only love, who still watches over her from the other side of the creek.
But Liz still hides a terrible secret. When Kayla learns the truth, will the Lawson sisters find common ground or will their conflict splinter the family once again?
I spent a lot of time in the Hunter Valley as I wrote this book. It’s a lovely place, even when stricken by drought as it has so sadly been. The people I met were happy to have me crawling all over their stables and asking questions about cell phone coverage, the cost of hay and talking to their horses. I also got to spend a lot of time looking at wedding venues and dresses. That was fun too. I’m really fond of Liz and Kayla and Mitch. I hope you’ll enjoy meeting them too.
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