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By Alison Booth

A impressive debut novel approximately redemption, struggle, and the binds that carry households together
 
It is 1957 and—after the loss of life of her husband—pianist Ilona Talivaldis and her nine-year-old daughter Zidra commute to the distant coastal city of Jingera in New South Wales. Ilona, a focus camp survivor from Latvia, is looking for peace and a chance to begin anew. In her attractive vine-covered cottage at the fringe of the lagoon, she plans to set herself up as a piano instructor. The weeks cross, and slowly mom and daughter get to grasp the  townsfolk—including kind-hearted butcher George Cadwallader who's perpetually staring at on the stars; his son Jim, a boy clever past his years; Peter Vincent, a former wartime pilot and POW; and Cherry Bates, the publican's spouse who's approximately to make a frightening discovery. it is fast obvious that Jingera isn't rather the utopia Ilona imagined it to be—a discovery that may force her to risk the single thing she holds dear.

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