A forbidden love. A suitcase of old diaries.
A secret so powerful it could bring a monarchy to its knees.
The rules were crystal clear. She broke them all…
1918 ... When Rose Porter arrives on the shores of Sydney with little money, she must take a job as a parlourmaid at the mysterious North Head Quarantine Station. It's a place of turmoil for passengers and strict rules for employees.
But Rose discovers some rules were made to be broken.
2019 ... Over a century later, Emma Wilcott is struggling to help her dementia-suffering grandmother from wandering at night. Her long-term memories are leading her somewhere, and Emma realises she is searching for someone from her past.
Emma's investigation takes her to the Quarantine Station where she meets Matt, the station carpenter, and together they unravel a mystery so compelling it has the power to change lives, to change everything Emma ever knew about herself.
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History at its best
This is a fantastic story based upon the Quarantine Station in Sydney. The description of life and love centred around Emma’s grandmother’s wanderings from the nursing home, where she lives with dementia, and the mystery of why she always ends up on the dock at the quarantine station. At the station Emma meets Matt who helps her get access to diaries which tell the life of the station. The twist at the end is great and not what you expect to happen. I really enjoyed this book.
Stunning, captivating, breathtaking. This book, its descriptive surroundings and the characters all left me with goosebumps. There were many twists and turns, and just when I thought I had the storyline figured out, the author deftly changed direction again.
Michelle Montebello has done The Quarantine Station in Sydney justice with her beautiful storytelling and her representation of this fascinating place. I had to put the book down a few times to Google this place and there it was, exactly how she'd described it.
A full 5 stars from me. Outstanding!!
Captivating story, with characters you fall in love with!! I didn’t want it to end. Highly recommend.