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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 20 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Wavesound Audio
- Audible.com.au Release Date: 7 July 2016
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HGXPJU4
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*Review copy received from Penguin Australia
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
With both amazing descrioption and writing this novel takes you through three genertions of love, heartache and time. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Patricia Jonas
The story swept me along - very enjoyable and will read other books by this author.Published 14 months ago by Lynette Lapham
I love, love, love this book. Like some of the other reviewers, I don't really pick this genre, but was glad I did. Read morePublished 19 months ago by NLP
Was a great book as I like all books that about the outback about a bit of outback, city, war and love.Published 19 months ago by James