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For readers of The Woolgrower’s Companion and The Three Miss Allens...

Their friendship transcends nationality and background, but can it overcome the horrors of the past? A post-Second World War story of strong female ties and family, secrets and lies, set in the multicultural Australia of the fifties.

Can the Bonegilla girls defeat their past? Or will it come to claim them?

1954: When 16-year-old Hungarian Elizabeta arrives in Australia with her family, she is hoping to escape the hopelessness of life as a refugee in post-war Germany.

Her first stop is the Bonegilla Migrant Camp on the banks of the Murray in rural Victoria, a temporary home for thousands of new arrivals, all looking for work and a better life. There, Elizabeta becomes firm friends with the feisty Greek Vasiliki; quiet Italian Iliana; and the adventurous Frances, the daughter of the camp’s director.

In this vibrant and growing country, the Bonegilla girls rush together toward a life that seems full of promise, even as they cope with the legacy of war, the oppressive nature of family tradition and ever-present sorrow. So when a ghost from the past reaches out for Elizabeta and threatens to pull her back into the shadows, there is nothing that her friends wouldn't do to keep her safe.

But secrets have a way of making themselves known and lies have a way of changing everything they touch...

©2018 Harlequin Enterprises(Australia) pty Ltd (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises(Australia) pty Ltd

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great!

I love historical novels. I want quite sure about this book, but, I found I was so engrossed in this book, I listened at work, and had to put a sign on my desk that I had my earbuds in and people if they needed me, they needed to wave their arms wildly to get my attention.
Although I thought the story was a little predictable, I still enjoyed it immensely.

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  • Rodney McNamara
  • 08-09-18

The Last of the Bonegilla Girls

took a while to get into but I loved it. Great story and reader

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  • Nicmacc
  • 07-22-18

Loved! Read this!

I so enjoyed this book what a lively mixture of facts about new immigrants to Australia and fiction about a group of friends and their lives as they struggle through together. How I wish I had a group of friends like them! The narration was so fantastic, best I have ever heard. There were so many accents to do and Jennifer nailed them perfectly. I will be looking up more books by Victoria and anything read by Jennifer I will definitely consider!

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  • A. J. Tutty
  • 06-29-18

Great Australian Tale

Loved it as it had a realistic, multicultural feel. It was easy to become part of their lives.