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The Family Secret by [Fiona, Palmer]
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From one of Australia's favourite storytellers comes a heartwarming story spanning three generations about when to fight and when to surrender - and how new love can heal old wounds.

Kim Richards is a creative woman of the land, a rural ambassador who's renowned for her contribution to her community. But deep down, she's lonely. She's already watched the man she loves falls for someone else, and her dream of starting her own family feels like it's slipping through her fingers.

Enter Charlie McNamara, an older man who's arrived in Lake Grace on business. Sparks fly between Kim and Charlie, but he seems to have a hidden agenda and a past life he's trying to hide.

They're both drawn to local hermit Harry, a Vietnam veteran who's haunted by memories from the war. What ties these lost souls together? Can they solve a long-held family mystery and heal fractures of the heart?

'Fiona Palmer has well and truly earned her place as a leading writer of one of Australia's much loved genres.' Countryman

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2058 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin eBooks (3 October 2016)
  • Sold by: Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01JOM9YH4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,949 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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What a beautifully written story. I've cried and laughed and cried some more.
I was so engrossed in the characters, anyone who has family or friends who were vietnam vets should definately read this and if you were one of those who were against the vets should also read this book and maybe have a new perspective on the vietnam war.
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The Family Secret is the ninth stand-alone novel by Australian author, Fiona Palmer. Kimberley Richards loves running their family farm near Lake Grace with her brother, Matt, and for relaxation she has her metal sculpting, a hobby in which her talent is obvious. But at twenty-eight, she longs to share her life with a partner. She’s coming to terms with the fact that Drew, the man she loves, is marrying another, but her two other significant relationships have left her guarding her heart.

When Charlie McNamara comes to Lake Grace it’s for a specific purpose, and he knows his job as Elders Insurance agent will allow him to make his enquiries. He comes across an attractive woman installing a brilliant metal kangaroo in the main street and is immediately attracted: he can see the feeling is mutual. He shouldn’t let this gorgeous female distract him, but she’s hard to resist.

Harry the Hermit is a somewhat legendary figure, and when foul weather throws them together, Kim is wary. Turns out Harry is a Vietnam veteran, helping Tom Murphy on this farm, growing his own veggies and happy in the company of his dogs. Despite the local gossip about him, Kim decides his bark is worse than his bite.

Palmer’s story is split into two time periods: the present day is narrated by Kim and Charlie; the events of the late 1960’s are told by John Parson. Palmer captures the feel of each era with consummate ease, and her extensive research into the experiences of Vietnam soldiers is clearly apparent, as is her knowledge of farming in Western Australia.
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The Family Secret takes us back to the setting of The Saddler Boys, and reacquaints us with the characters we fell in love with. We return to the small town of Lake Grace, a place of community and family where everyone knows everyone; and their business.

Kim is a farm-girl through and through, sharing the running of her family’s farm with her brother. She’s been unlucky in love, falling for her best friend and having her trust in men destroyed by past lovers. I don’t think it helps that in a town as small as Lake Grace the options are rather limited, and Kim’s love of the farm keeps her dressed as a farmer and under the radar of the men in town she has known most of her life. Kim is also an extremely talented artist though she only recognises it as a hobby. She is involved in a lot of things around town so her downtime is definitely limited.

Charlie moves to town as an insurance agent and there is immediate chemistry but Charlie is carrying quite a bit of baggage of his own. There is more to his arrival in Lake Grace than meets the eye and he’s not ready to share the information.

These two are interesting leads; Kim is a woman happy in her life but lonely and wondering if she will ever have the family she so desperately desires and Charlie is distancing himself from his family so that he can wrap his head around his discovery and try to find the answers he seeks.

Early on though we meet another new character, a man called Harry who works on a local farm and never leaves the property. There have been stories around town for years and he was a character the kids used to scare each other with stories of. Kim meets him one night in the middle of a storm when she gets stranded between floodways and drops her phone in the water.
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Always enjoy Fiona Palmer's books and this one was no different. Great read and Fiona remains one of my most favourite writers. Never disappointed.
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By James TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 October 2016
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A great read had trouble putting it down War has a lot to answer for it has rounded many a person and there family's for years after was finished.
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