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Daughter Of Mine by [Lowe, Fiona]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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Length: 435 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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When your world falls apart the only person you can depend on is your sister.

The three Chirnwell sisters are descended from the privileged squattocracy in Victoria’s Western District — but could a long-held secret threaten their family?

Harriett Chirnwell has a perfect life — a husband who loves her, a successful career and a daughter who is destined to become a doctor just like her.

Xara has always lived in Harriet’s shadow; her chaotic life with her family on their sheep farm falls far short of her older sister’s standards of perfection and prestige.

Georgie, the youngest sister and a passionate teacher, is the only one of the three to have left Billawarre. But is her life in Melbourne happy?

Despite all three sisters having a different and sometimes strained bond with their mother, Edwina, they come together to organise a party for her milestone birthday — the first since their father’s death. But when Edwina arrives at her party on the arm of another man, the tumult is like a dam finally breaking. Suddenly the lives of the Chirnwell sisters are flooded by scandal. Criminal accusations, a daughter in crisis, and a secret over fifty years in the making start to crack the perfect façade of the prominent pastoral family.

A thought provoking novel about family expectations, secrets and lies.


'a real page-turner' — Cairns Eye

'An exceptionally magnificent read'— Talking Books Blog

'An awesome book that I couldn't put down from the moment I opened it! I loved being a part of this family as I immersed myself into their daily lives. A must read!' — Lara Hodgson, Netgalley

'This book was a thought provoking look at family relationships, especially those between mothers and daughters, and how people deal with personal traumas in their lives.' — Yvonne Powell, Netgalley

'A sweeping Australian novel of lost love and tangled family secrets…' — Australian Country

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1527 KB
  • Print Length: 435 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (1 March 2017)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,870 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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A family secret and the setting, Victoria's Western District, were the two things that drew me to this novel, in a genre I don't usually read. While the opening chapters didn’t pull me in immediately, I’m glad I persevered as this turned out to be a great family drama with a very satisfactory conclusion.

As with all families there is a hierachy within them and the Chirnwells were no different. Not having any sisters, I found it interesting where Harriet, Xara and Georgie thought they belonged in their mother’s affections, how they saw their roles in the family and how they interacted with one another.

Harriet, the eldest of the three Chirnwell sisters, was domineering and not very likeable. Now that her father had passed away, the most like him in temperament, she saw herself as the head of the family and was intent on keeping her mother, Edwina, in line and making sure that the rest of the family stayed true to their role as a prominent Western District family.

Edwina has other ideas. She no longer wishes to live with the shackles of the past where her life was controlled by her father and husband. So when life gives her a second chance at happiness, she grabs it.

While her younger two daughters calmly accept their mother’s choices, it is Harriet who finds it difficult to come to terms with her mother’s decisions and revelations, as well as those of her own daughter, Charlotte. She also has to deal with a scandal that brings to an end the perfect and settled nature of her life. I did feel sorry for Harriet struggling to cope with what was happening around her, but it took this upheaval for her to reassess her life and the people in it.
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Such a rich, compelling read. I particularly loved the Australian setting and the intertwined lives of the three sisters. The mother was a great character with real depth . This book had humour and pathos and real humanity. Nobody's life is perfect and this book does a wonderful job of showing how people react differently to tough situations. A really great read that kept me enthralled right to the end.
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This book was hard to put down, absolutely enjoyed it.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program) 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 19 July 2017
By Robyn Jackson - Published on
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An enjoyable read about family issues that many people can relate to whether rich or poor. Families are complicated.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 12 May 2017
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Absolutely Awesome!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story of the highs and lows of families 1 March 2017
By Mrs. Helen Sibbritt - Published on
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Where do I start? Can I say wow what a fabulous story? Yes I can, I loved this one beautifully written so many fabulous characters who come to life on the pages they became friends, and friends that I cried with laughed with and wanted to yell at throughout the story there is a lot going on secrets that have been kept for nearly fifty years and when they come out lives will change forever.

This is the story of a privileged family in Victoria’s Western district they come from squatters in the early 1800’s they have a rich and honoured history but do they? There are always secrets and black sheep of the family and now a secret is about to be discovered that will lead to the three Chirnwell sisters Harriet (Harry), Xara and Georgie’s lives as well as their Mother’s Edwina being up ended and that is not the only thing that is happening there is lovers reunited new love discovered and extra family members as well as families torn apart by criminal accusations and scandals that rock the town of Billawarre.

Harry, Xara and Georgie are all very different sisters Harry a successful Doctor with a loving husband and beautiful daughter, Xara a stay at home Mum who leads a very busy life with her loving husband children and the sheep farm to run and Georgie the teacher who has been through heartache but even though they have their differences in the end they are sisters who love and care for each other but their lives change and their journey is very rocky and the path a tough one to tread but tread it they do. The women in this story are strong and capable and mostly easy to love as you get to know them.

I don’t want to give any spoilers away but I do highly recommend this book it truly is a remarkable amazing story of families and the rules that they live by the loves, the loses, the highs and lows that come daily and sometimes with a big bang that rocks everyone. I smiled I cried and I found such joy in this story. Thank you MS Lowe for a wonderful story that kept me turning the pages this one is a keeper and will stay with me for a long time.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fave Read To Go Back To :D 5 Stars 20 February 2017
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Daughter Of Mine by Fiona Lowe was a tumultuous, 360 degree story, filled with so many obstacles and heartache and twists for the portrayed characters. Energetic, opinionated personas that were prickly at first, but nevertheless, they grew on you. Characters that had this readers opinions turning. Events and circumstances, secrets and lies. An exceptionally magnificent read. From the start I was gripped by the happenings within the events of the small town setting and the vivacious starring characters portrayed. The obstacles and contentious issues were believably written and had me completely outraged on behalf of each of the characters. Loved this story and was so pleased with the finale and would not have complained if the story kept going. A book that will be in my fave reads that I could go back to again.
Review copy received from Harlequin Australia via Netgalley
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family with secrets 4 March 2017
By Janine K - Published on
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This is the first book of Fiona's that I have read, and I believe that she has quite an extensive backlist of books. I think this is her first commercial Women's Fiction book, and I feel so privileged to have read it. I love stories about families and this book is an absolute winner. The pressure to maintain an image on a well-respected and somewhat wealthy family in a smallish town is huge, but every family like this has a facade and Edwina who is the matriarch of the family has a secret that she has told no one. Newly widowed, she feels she must uphold this image to her three daughters - Harriet, who is following her late father's career and is a perfectionist with a prominent husband and perfect daughter, Xara who is busy juggling 3 children, one of which has a disability, and Georgie who lives away in Melbourne and followed her own dream of being a teacher rather than what her father wanted her to do, but has been unlucky in love.

The characters in this book were very relatable and the author went to great lengths to tell their individual stories beautifully. This kept me turning the pages constantly and even though I could have slapped one of the daughters many times throughout the book, I did enjoy how her story concluded. There are also many secondary characters in the book who have delightful backgrounds of their own and you can't help but empathize with their circumstances as well.

This is a must read book for anyone who enjoys life-lit or women's fiction and I hope will be the first of many books by Fiona written in this genre.

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