When Laura, the matriarch of the Beaumont family, discovers that her health is rapidly declining, she's faced with a burdensome decision: Which one of her children can she trust with taking over Ashworth's, the successful department store she started that is on the verge of being overtaken by a competitor?
Kate Hood's lively Australian accent imbues Lynne Wilding's Sydney-set novel with a sense of authenticity, and her spirited, animated performance lends weight to the myriad personal and professional issues Laura and the rest of the Beaumont family face in the engrossing 52 Waratah Avenue.
As Laura Beaumont struggles with the loss of love, her other life's passion comes under threat: someone is trying to sabotage Ashworths, the exclusive department store she set up. Is the company about to be taken over? The timing is bad for the Beaumont family because Laura's health is declining and they desperately need to find a successor to the business.
Caroline, Laura's eldest daughter, is an international concert pianist in search of a new career, perhaps at Ashworths. But her ambitious sister, Michaela, has her eye on the top job and is suspicious of Caroline's motives. Meanwhile, Joel, Laura's son, has to deal with his own problems before he can pursue his career as a doctor. Outside of Ashworths, the Beaumont women have other passions to contend with. Caroline's return to Sydney means facing her ex-husband. Nick wants Caroline back in his life, any way he can get her. Michaela finds herself attracted by young lawyer Leith Danvers. How long will she be able to resist his charms? And who is the Sydney criminal who has developed his own obsession with Michaela Beaumont?