- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: HQ Fiction - AU (19 March 2018)
- ISBN-10: 1489246789
- ISBN-13: 978-1489246783
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.7 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 422 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Secrets We Keep Paperback – 19 Mar 2018
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About the Author
Dr Shirley Patton grew up in outback Western Australia and now lives with her partner, and a miniature schnauzer, in wine-growing
country overlooking the beautiful Tamar River, Northern Tasmania.
A decade ago, she left an academic career as a published researcher of family violence, and a lecturer in the Dept. of Sociology &
Social Work at the University of Tasmania, to write fiction full time. Since then, she has obtained a Masters of Creative Writing, and
has published several short stories in a variety of literary publications. Prior to practising social work, Shirley worked in the media
as a television newsreader and television chat show host.
To find out more, visit Shirley on her website and follow her on Facebook.
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As an adoptee, I was very interested in the handling of this issue and the sensitivities around the issue.
EXCELLENT FIRST BOOK!
Aimee is a social worker taking a position in the Australian frontier mining town of Kalgoorlie. Here she’s privy to many social injustices including the relocation of aborigines and the undermining of health in the local community from the local mining company. As she becomes more involved with the local residents, she realises some of her secrets are intertwined.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it had many aspects which are still very relevant today. I lived in a smelter town in the 1980’s myself and I remember the dangers of lead poisoning coming to light then. The characters were very colourful and I loved the line of reading tea leaves, I found that fascinating.
This is a novel of personal growth, regrets and moving forwards.
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for an ARC to read and review.
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The close knit community included Aggie, a reader of tea leaves. Aggie had lost her husband Frank some years previously, but was loved by all. When a problem with the mines reared its ugly head, the townsfolk banded together. But Aimee found herself dwelling too much in the past and the secrets she held. Could she release the hurt without hurting others?
The Secrets We Keep by Aussie author Shirley Patton is a gentle story of heartache, hope, respect and forgiveness. Set in Western Australia in the harshness of the desert of 1986, it shows the plight of the Aboriginals, the struggles of the miners and their families, and the simple caring of friends. The Secrets We Keep was a thoroughly enjoyable read and different from anything I've read in awhile. Highly recommended.