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 sixteen–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 towards 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...
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The book that is not Jenn J!
Jenn J McLeod has been disappointing readers for years! So here she is, my friend and fellow nomadic novelist, to explain herself.
Thank you for allowing me use your blog to confess. You’re right, I have let my readers down with my last four books. So, with my 5th novel being about the secrets we keep and the lies we tell, it’s an opportunity to come clean.
For years my readers have been falling in love with the small towns in my stories. I know because I receives emails and messages requesting addresses, directions – even GPS coordinates – for Calingarry Crossing and Coolabah Creek. (And let’s not forget Watercolour Cove, which I based on your beautiful hometown.)
Regrettably, I’m constantly breaking the bad news that my settings are the result of an author’s imagination.
But change is in the air.
The fifth-generation cattle property in central QLD where I camped in a paddock in the shadow of ancient Mount Hedlow to write this story, does exist. Inspiring my fictional Iron Pot Hill Farm Retreat is Henderson Park – both a real holiday destination and a stunning wedding venue, offering the most picturesque settings for beautiful country-loving brides.
What this all means is that my readers can finally pack their bags and head to Henderson Park Retreat (between Rockhampton and Yeppoon) for a very real taste of the place my characters, Ava and John, fell in love (despite everything telling them they shouldn’t).
While I love all my stories, A Place to Remember takes readers to a magnificent part of Australia. Not only is the setting smack bang over the Tropic of Capricorn in central Queensland—where rocky volcanic peaks rise dramatically from otherwise flat grazing land—it’s where cattle country (and cowboys) meet the pristine coastline of the southern Great Barrier Reef. And that makes it a very special part of the world.
You can check out the vision board I used while writing and see the photos I took when I revisited Henderson Park Retreat earlier this year. www.jennjmcleod.com/hpk.
I’m going back soon. Maybe I’ll see you there!
A curious daughter
An affair to remember
Running away for the second time in her life, twenty-seven-year-old Ava believes the cook’s job at a country B&B is perfect until she meets the owner’s son, John Tate. At twenty, the fifth-generation grazier is a beguiling blend of both man, boy and a terrible flirt. Ava’s first mistake is flirting back. Her second is enjoying a clandestine affair right under the noses of John’s formidable parents. Ava knows she’ll never forget the spring she met John Tate, while he’s unlikely to remember a fling with the hired help.
And as fate would have it, she was right.
Thirty years later, Ava returns to Candlebark Creek and so does her daughter, Nina, who is determined to meet her mother’s lost love for herself. While struggling to find her own place in the world, Nina discovers an urban myth about a love-struck man, a forgotten engagement ring, and a dinner reservation back in the eighties. Now she must decide if revealing the truth will hurt more than it heals.
Come home to the country, to Candlebark Creek, and to the Ivy-May Homestead—a fifth generation Queensland cattle station hiding three decades of secrets and lies.
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About the author:
Jenn J McLeod moved to the Coffs Coast in 2004 and operated a Sawtell cafe and a B&B before selling everything in 2014 to live a nomadic life in a caravan she calls Myrtle the Turtle. Jenn is best known her Seasons Collection of stories – four life-affirming tales of friendship, family, and contemporary country life, including the 2013 bestselling House for all Seasons. Her fifth novel, A Place to Remember, is her 2018 and is available in print and as an e-book. You can connect with Jenn online where she wastes good writing time posting travel pics and having fun on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @jennjmcleod_nomadicnovelist
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