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Moonlight Plains by [Hannay, Barbara]
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In 1942, as the Japanese sweep towards northern Australia and allied troops swarm into Townsville, Kitty Martin is sent inland to the safety of Moonlight Plains. But when two American airmen crash on the isolated property, she is forced to grow up fast, coming face to face with tragedy, with love . . . and with heartbreak.

Years on, and Sally Piper, a young journalist, is sent to Moonlight Plains to cover the story of a cattleman turned builder who is restoring his grandmother's forgotten homestead. Sparks fly between them, but Sally is struggling to let go of the past, and Luke has his eyes fixed firmly on the future.

What they uncover together is a shocking secret that has been kept safe for more than seventy years. Now the entire family's happiness is at stake – or does the truth about the past hold a valuable lesson for the future?

From the internationally acclaimed and award-winning romance writer Barbara Hannay comes this breathtaking novel about finding love against all the odds. It will have you smiling – and crying – from beginning to end.

 


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2377 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin eBooks (27 August 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L4T1UIM
  • 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 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,974 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Moonlight Plains by multi-award-winning author Barbara Hannay is an exquisitely crafted tale of love, loss, secrets and hope. Set in a small town in the outback of Australia, the novel explored the lives of its fascinating characters and how they cope with the ravages of war in 1942, and how it affects the lives of some in the present. Beautifully told through different threads but effortlessly knitted together into one rich tapestry of life, Moonlight Plains is a delightful romance with a contemporary edge but rooted in history.

The book begins in 2013 with Sally Piper still mourning the death of her husband Josh. Though her grief for josh was moving and a beautiful thing, everyone wanted that she should be over it as two and a half years was long enough, and that she can’t grieve for her husband forever. When she was persuaded to a ball with a wartime theme, she met Luke Fairburn who she found to be attractive and intriguing. And for Luke, Sally Piper was beautiful – a stunner. She had blown him away, bowled him over, and knocked him for six.

When Luke talked about his plans to renovate his gandmother’s house at Moonlight Plains, Sally was keen to have a look and the two spent one unforgettable night there. But feeling remorse at what happened, Sally retuned to Townsville. Unknown to the two of them, Sally and Luke have one thing in common – Kitty Martin. Kitty is Luke’s grandmother and Sally is Kitty’s “young friend.” It was Kitty’s dress that Sally wore at ball.

The story begins almost seventy years earlier in 1942 in Townsville. Kitty was nineteen years, living with her strict grandparents in Townsville. When American troops started arriving she was sent to Moonlight Plains to be with her widowed uncle.
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January 7, 2015
Martin Kerr

Romance genre with a difference

Moonlight Plains by Barbara Hannay
Michael Joseph (Penguin Group), Melbourne, Australia, 2014, 368 pages

An outback romance novel written to a formula? Maybe. Characters fit their assigned roles – tall handsome heroes, beautiful delicate heroines. They carry baggage from their pasts and face moral dilemmas. How this is done is revealed in the author’s plot, research and writing.
I have met Barbara Hannay and read one of her Mills & Boon books. The Mills & Boon fitted a formula, which has carried over into Moonlight Plains, but because this is a full length novel required to meet the publisher’s contract, the book labours on unnecessarily so.
The young ‘grieving’ widow, photo journalist Sally Piper and Luke Fairburn, builder and cattleman, hit it off in a one night stand that threatens to disrupt their rather staid positions, placing them in a situation where society and families and their known and unknown histories influence their judgements.
Moonlight Plains is a homestead and small cattle property near Charters Towers, falling into ruin and being renovated by Luke. The finding of a silver dollar under the house reminds the reader of the situation in 1942 when two US airmen crash-land their fighter planes, one of them eventually to die at the homestead, rescued by Boston blue blood Captain Ed Langley and Kitty Mathieson, who was alone on the property at the time. Kitty is still alive in 2013. And so we have parallel affairs, each with its heart rending regrets, missed opportunities and possible hopeful solutions. A double Mills & Boon, and more. The author has to work to make the length.
But this is unfair.
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By Miss Catherine Evans TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 September 2014
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Another gorgeous Barbara Hannay story. I loved the scale and complexity of Moonlight Plains - not only a present day romance, but the unravelling of a WWII romance as well, a romance that survived decades and different lives. There was a poignancy in the older romance that resonated with me - that you could share a deep and abiding love, while forging different lives was unexpectedly powerful.
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I enjoyed the now and then and thought the transition was expertly done. The historical aspect and love stories were very well presented. My first page flicking experience thoroughly enjoyed.
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