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The Secret Years by [Hannay, Barbara]
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Some family secrets are best set free.

When Lucy Hunter stumbles upon her grandfather Harry's World War II memorabilia, she finds a faded photograph of a stunning young woman known simply as 'George' and a series of heartfelt letters. They are clues about the secret years, a period of Lucy's family history that has been kept a mystery . . . until now.
How did a cattleman from north Queensland find forbidden love with the Honourable Georgina Lenton of London and persuade her to move to his isolated outback property? And why are the effects of this encounter still reverberating in the lives of Lucy and her mother, Rose, now?
As the passions of the past trickle down the years, three generations of one family pull together. Each must learn in their own way how true love can conquer the greatest challenges of all.
From the wild beauty of the Australian bush to England's rugged south coast, this is a deeply moving story of heartbreak, heroism and homecoming by a beloved, multi-award-winning author.
Praise for Barbara Hannay
'A sprawling love story set in the stunning north Queensland hinterland - this is Barbara Hannay at her best.' Queensland Country Life
'***** Will have you laughing one moment and in tears the next.' Talking Books
'Seamlessly weaves together a story of love lost and gained. Another delightful rural romance.'�Book'd Out

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1375 KB
  • Print Length: 554 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin eBooks (26 August 2015)
  • Sold by: Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00WLSXH0O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,913 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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The Secret Years by Barbara Hannay absolutely consumed me. Harry was just a sweetheart from the get go and George was a cut above her peers. Initially, their part in the story was perhaps my favourite to read. However, once the story opened up the whole dynamic of the read just leapt from the pages for this reader. The outpouring of emotions throughout this story left this reader teary throughout the read. The way the author tied three stories and generations together from Harry & George to Rosie and then Lucy was spellbinding. The transformation of each of the characters was huge. At first glance a character or two can come across as cold, heartless even. But the further through the story you read, your opinion shifts dramatically. Reader beware a box of tissues is required as the story is sure to pull on your heart strings a time or to. And the finish of the story was perfect, bliss :) Just a remarkably breathtaking read. Once again, Barbara Hannay manages to knock this reader over with a feather :)
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*Review copy received from Penguin Australia
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In the current day timeline we meet Lucy. Recently returned from Afghanistan she finds that things are not quite the same at home – her beloved grandfather has been ill, her mother Ro has moved in with a new man and then she has a fall-out with her boyfriend. Having taken leave from the army, she suddenly finds herself at a crossroads, trying to decipher exactly what it is that keeps her grandfather so tight-lipped about his time in the army and her mother so reluctant to speak about the past. When she discovers an old biscuit tin with a photograph of a young woman known only as “George”, hinting of her grandfather’s past and the war, her curiosity gets the better of her and results in her taking a trip to Cornwall to see what she can learn.

In the timeline which takes us to the past, we are introduced to the lovable “George” and Harry, Lucy’s grandparents, giving us a vivid glimpse into their history, the war through their eyes and the reasons behind Harry’s reticence to dredge up the past.

When I picked up this latest by Barbara Hannay, it had been some time since I had read a dual timeline novel, so it was an absolute delight to read the blurb and discover that The Secret Years was going to give me what I love – secrets, old photographs and family history. I always find these kinds of stories fascinating because, as a reader, I get to see how past events and actions can cause ripple effects down the generations, thereby unknowingly altering another person’s life but at the same time seeing how these lives are affected and how the afflicted generation deals with them.
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By Mel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 November 2015
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I have never been a fan of Australian rural settings in novels. I'm not sure why really, when I was younger they never seemed to interest me. I must be mellowing a bit as I grow older, or perhaps I would have always liked them and was just stubborn.. Either way I am glad I read this book, it was wonderful.

Lucy comes back to Townsville from an army posting in Afghanistan and is excited to be reunited with her fiancée. Unfortunately things do not go quite so well with their reunion, and Lucy finds herself at her mothers house. There, she stumbles across an old biscuit tin full of old papers, letters and photographs. She stumbles across a photograph of her grandmother, who she knows little to nothing about, and begins to investigate her grandmother and her family. Her search leads her to England where she goes to find answers, and stumbles across a bit of romance herself. Simultaneously the story jumps back in time and tells the story of "George", Lucy's grandmother, and how she met the love of her life, Harry (An Aussie farmer and soldier) during the second world war, and how she came to transform from an upper class member of English society, to a cattle farmer in the Aussie outback.

Absolutely delightful! I must admit that I had my reservations if I would like this book or not. I saw so many friends rate it highly and have such praise for it, that I had to give it a go. So glad I did because its one of my favourite romances of the year!

All of the characters are fantastic, in both time frames. I especially love Harry, Lucy's grandfather, and I adored the love story with him and Lucy's grandmother.
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The Secret Years is Barbara Hannay's 49th book, in which she blends a contemporary and historical narrative to present an engaging novel about family, heroism, heartbreak and love.

Army logistics officer Lucy Hunter is relieved to be home in Townsville after her six month deployment in Afghanistan but she isn't prepared for the changes in store for her. Her mother has exchanged her childhood home for a sterile condo apartment she is sharing with a new man, her grandfather's health is failing, and her fiance, Sam, has cold feet. With several weeks of leave ahead of her, Lucy is at a loose end until she discovers a box of wartime memorabilia that contains clues to her family's history that neither her mother or grandfather are willing to talk about. Hoping to understand the secrets of the past, Lucy travels to Cornwall, a place where she just might find her future.

Moving between the past and present, the narrative shifts between Lucy's journey to unravel her family's secrets, and the story of the relationship between Lucy's cattleman grandfather, Harry, and his aristocratic bride, Georgina. Emotions run high in both timelines through scenes of wartime drama, desperate passion and captivating romance.

I liked Lucy and I sympathised with her desire to understand the past. The mystery stems from the discord between Lucy's mother, Ro and Lucy's grandfather, Harry, which Lucy learns is related to her mother's brief time in England. I also enjoyed Lucy's romance with the dashing Nick.

But it was the story of Harry and George's courtship and marriage that I found particularly entrancing. Their love is touching, and their wartime experiences are exciting, if also sobering.
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