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Publisher's Summary

When Lucy Hunter stumbles upon her grandfather's World War II memorabilia, she finds a faded photograph of a stunning young woman and a series of heartfelt letters. They are clues about the secret years, a period of Lucy's family history that has been kept a mystery...until now.

From the wild beauty of the Australian bush to England's rugged south coast, this is a deeply moving story of heartbreak, heroism and homecoming by a beloved multiaward-winning author.

©2015 Barbara Hannay (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A sprawling love story set in the stunning north Queensland hinterland - this is Barbara Hannay at her best." (Queensland Country Life)
"Will have you laughing one moment and in tears the next." ( Talking Books)

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  • Fi
  • 10-04-16

Loved this, smiled and wept, and smiled

Wonderful interwoven stories, adored the George and Harry parts, was cheering for Lucy and so pleased for Ro. Taken on a gorgeous journey through the Secret Years. Loved it.

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  • Diana Evans
  • 04-18-18

Great story and wonderful narrator

What a fantastic story. Just the right amount of romance, just the right amount of drama, just the right amount of history and suspense and everything really. First Barbara Hannay book and I'm already a fan. The narrator is very talented. Switches characters flawlessly and does great voices and accents. It really sounded like different people were reading the chatacters parts.

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  • Veronica
  • 07-28-17

Fantastic Book

Loved this book making it very difficult to pause and the narrator has a brilliant ability to switch characters

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-12-17

A beautiful book!

I can't think of a more beautiful story to be written with its background in Townsville and Western Queensland. These areas are very familiar to me. As an added coincidence my pioneer ancestors (to North Queensland) came from Devon.
I loved this book!
This is my first Barbara Hannah book and can't wait to start another one!