Published by Michael Joseph: Penguin Australia on August 27th 2014
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In 1942, as the Japanese sweep towards northern Australia and allied troops swarm into Townsville, Kitty Martin is sent inland to the safety of Moonlight Plains. But when two American airmen crash on the isolated property, she is forced to grow up fast, coming face to face with tragedy, with love . . . and with heartbreak.
Years on, and Sally Piper, a young journalist, is sent to Moonlight Plains to cover the story of a cattleman turned builder who is restoring his grandmother's forgotten homestead. Sparks fly between them, but Sally is struggling to let go of the past, and Luke has his eyes fixed firmly on the future.
What they uncover together is a shocking secret that has been kept safe for more than seventy years. Now the entire family's happiness is at stake – or does the truth about the past hold a valuable lesson for the future?
2 narratives, 2 timelines, both taking place at a homestead in North Queensland. Barbara Hannay writes about seconds chances, loves lost and found in Moonlight Plains, the third and possibly most compelling book in a loosely-connected series that begins with ‘Zoe’s Muster’. Poignant, richly fulfilling and so very bittersweet.