Orphan Fleur Appleby is adopted by a loving undertaker and his wife and she quickly develops a special gift for helping bereaved families. Her ambition to be the first female mortician in the country is fuelled by her plan to bring more women into the male dominated funeral industry.
Raised in the outback of South Australia’s Flinders Ranges, Tom Catchlove is faced with a life-changing tragedy as a young boy. He works hard but dreams big, striving for a future as a wool classer.
A chance encounter between the two children will change the course of their lives.
By adulthood Fleur finds herself fighting for the survival of the family’s business, while her widowed father drinks away generations of prosperity and a new, conniving stepmother wants Fleur gone. When Tom emerges from the isolation of the desert to find new work at the port woolstores, his path crosses with Fleur’s again – only to be caught up in a murder investigation, in which they can only trust each other.
At once tragic and triumphant, The Orphans is an unforgettable story about a unique bond between two children that will echo down the years, and teach them both about the real meaning of life, of loss, and of love.
'Flawless' - Australian Women's Weekly
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Fans of romance steeped in rich Australian history will find much to love in The Orphans, the latest addition to Fiona McIntosh's considerable catalogue. This expansive story sees the lives of two orphans—drover’s son Tom Catchlove and Fleur Appleby, the adopted daughter of an undertaker—intertwine in a love story spanning decades and set against the backdrops of historic Farina and Port Adelaide, South Australia. The unbreakable connection between Tom and Fleur across time, despite their changing circumstances, is the central thread of a tale that deftly combines aspects of several genres, including romance, historical fiction and a touch of mystery. McIntosh has once again created a compelling narrative, sure to delight veteran readers of her work, while also making excellent reading for anyone who enjoys getting swept away by a sweet tale from a time gone by.