Absolution Creek

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Random House Australia, 2013 - Australia - 519 pages
One man lost her. One man died for her. And one would kill for her. Nicole Alexander's new bestseller is a sweeping rural saga spanning two generations. In 1923 nineteen-year-old Jack Manning watches the construction of the mighty Harbour Bridge and dreams of being more than just a grocer's son. So when he's offered the chance to manage Absolution Creek, a sheep property 800 miles from Sydney, he seizes the opportunity. But outback life is tough, particularly if you're young, inexperienced and have only a few textbooks to guide you. Then a thirteen-year-old girl, Squib Hamilton, quite literally washes up on his doorstep setting in motion a devastating chain of events. Forty years later and Cora Hamilton is waging a constant battle to keep Absolution Creek in business. She's ostracized by the local community and hindered by her inability to move on from the terrible events of her past, which haunt her both physically and emotionally. Only one man knows what really happened in 1923. A dying man who is riding towards Absolution Creek, seeking his own salvation. From the gleaming foreshores of Sydney Harbour to the vast Australian outback, this is a story of betrayal and redemption and of an enduring love which defies even death.

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User Review  - ElizabethCromb - LibraryThing

Story that is written about a number of key characters form their early life in 1923 jumping forward to 1965. Good historical reference to attitudes during both times towards: unwed mothers, aborigines, half-casts. Read full review

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User Review  - cookiemo - LibraryThing

This book moves between the early 1920's and the 1960's with ease. That is easy to follow, but I still found myself getting confused what era Scrubber was in at times. The basis for the story is ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

A fourth-generation grazier, Nicole returned to her family's property in the early 1990s. She is currently the business manager there and has a hands-on role in the running of the property. Nicole has a Master of Letters in creative writing and her novels, poetry, travel and genealogy articles have been published in Australia, Germany, America and Singapore. She is the author of five novels- The Bark Cutters, A Changing Land, Absolution Creek, Sunset Ridge and The Great Plains (to be released November 2014).

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