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'A deeply touching, delicious, slow burn of a love affair. A really excellent book and Jenny Ashcroft's best yet.' Dinah Jeffries
'The perfect way to lose myself, escaping from the every day to travel around the world.' Louise Douglas
What if all you needed to do to find home, was leave?
Wanted: companion to escort a young, orphaned child home to Australia.
All expenses as well as passage covered.
Interested parties to apply without delay to 32 Williams Street, Belgravia.
Rose Hamilton is in desperate need of a fresh start. There are so many reasons she should ignore the advertisement: the war, those treacherous seas, her family, her fiancé... but she cannot help herself. Within weeks, she is boarding an enormous convoy, already too attached to five-year-old Walter Lucknow.
But rural Queensland, and the cattle station home of Walter's parents, is not as either of them were told to expect. Rose cannot leave this little boy she's grown to love until he is happy, and she knows the key to this is Walter's wounded fighter pilot uncle Max. But how will she ever part with Walter? And what if he isn't the only reason she wants to stay?
Authors love Under the Golden Sun:
'An epic story of hope and heartbreak.' Iona Grey, author of Letters to the Lost
'Utterly emotive and beautiful.' Lorna Cook, author of The Forbidden Promise
'A sumptuous story of love and belonging.' Tracy Rees, author of The House at Silvermoor
'Ashcroft fans are in for a real treat.' Emma Rous, author of The Perfect Guests
'Under the Golden Sun transported me to exciting, sun-filled places.' Liz Trenow, author of The Forgotten Seamstress
'Ashcroft writes with the perfect blend of elegance and emotional punch.' Hazel Gaynor, author of The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
'Will grab your heart, squeeze it and won't let it go until the poignant and emotional end.' Louise Fein, author of People Like Us
'A story of love in its various forms, with the powerful pull of promises made, trust broken and well-kept secrets.' Glynis Peters, author of The Secret Orphan
'This is a novel to lose yourself in.' Gill Paul, author of The Lost Daughter
'Keeps you guessing till the end.' Adrienne Chin, author of The English Wife
'A beautiful and sumptuous story that tugs on your heartstrings in all the right ways.' Nikola Scott, author of My Mother's Shadow
'Vivid and lyrical, this epic love story completely enchanted and transported me. Unforgettably poignant, Rose's story is spellbinding yet utterly real.' Holly Miller, author of The Sight of You
Ashcroft (Meet Me in Bombay) offers an enticing story of a young Englishwoman's path toward self-discovery. Rose Hamilton is traveling by train from her home in Devon to London during WWII when she sees an advertisement seeking someone to escort a young child to Australia. Needing a change after having a miscarriage and being discharged from the air force for being unmarried and pregnant, Rose, who is engaged to a perennially noncommittal American press correspondent named Xander, answers the advertisement. Vivian Barnes needs someone to travel with her late great-niece Mabel's son, four-year-old Walter Lucknow, as Vivian is dying from cancer. Together, Rose and Walter journey by ship to Australia and travel to the cattle station that Walter has inherited, which Mabel's brother-in-law, Max, a pilot seriously wounded in the war, will hold in trust until Walter is 21. Max and his sister, Esme, however, are extremely unwelcoming. Rose's reluctance to leave Walter and return to England is complicated by an unexpected romance with Max, as well as the untimely arrival of Xander. Ashcroft enlivens the plot with an expertly crafted set of characters. For fans of WWII-era historicals, this will hit the spot.