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Publisher Description

"A heart-warming tale about forgiveness, hope and second chances" Adelaide Advertiser

Ruby and Cat's friendship was forged on an English dockside over sixty years ago when, both fearful, they boarded a ship bound for Australia. It was a friendship that was supposed to last a lifetime but when news of Cat's death reaches Ruby back in London, it comes after a painful estrangement.

Declan has also drifted away from Cat, but he is forced back to his aunt's lavender farm, Benson's Reach, when he learns that he and Ruby are co-beneficiaries.

As these two very different people come together in Margaret River they must learn to trust each other and to deal with the staff and guests. Can the legacy of Benson's Reach triumph over the hurt of the past? Or is Cat's duty-laden legacy simply too much for Ruby and Declan to keep alive?


"Her plots and characters get stronger with each book" The Sydney Morning Herald

"Liz Byrski has a guaranteed cheer squad for her novels which champion...women taking charge of their life and growing old creatively" Daily Telegraph

Fans of Monica McInerney, Liane Moriarty and Joanna Trollope will love Liz Byrski.

Fiction & Literature
1 September
Pan Macmillan Australia
Macmillan Publishers Australia and Pan Macmillan Australia

Customer Reviews

by Tuppence ,

in the Company of Strangers

I have just finished this book and found it mostly believable, the characters were believable too. I also loved the fact that no one was beautiful, Declan didn't have a six pack and the women weren't ravishing. No one was jumping in and out of bed, in fact they were all dealing with real problems and raw emotions. The writer dealt with the emotional sides beautifully.

Rustygembythesea ,

In the company of strangers

As with all her books,, Byrski has great insights into personalities and interactions of friends, and she conveys that well. She’s mid 70’s and her characters are much about women of that age and their view on various aspects of life. Beautifully written. Captivating.

Bellrosa87 ,

In the company of strangers

Could not leave it alone so came to the end far too quickly. Truly most enjoyable, now looking forward to another one.

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