Three strong women, one shattering secret, and a family with the courage to change

For three generations of Australian women, becoming a grazier's wife has meant very different things.

For Stella in 1946, it was a compromise in the aftermath of a terrible war.

For Jackie in the 1970s, it was a Cinderella fairytale with an outback prince.

While for Alice in 2015, it is the promise of a bright new future.

Decades earlier, Stella was desperate to right a huge injustice, but now a long-held family secret threatens to tear the Drummond family of Ruthven Downs apart. On the eve of a special birthday reunion, with half the district invited, the past and the present collide, passions are unleashed and the shocking truth comes spilling out.

From glamorous pre-war Singapore to a vast cattle property in Queensland's Far North, this sweeping, emotional saga tests the beliefs and hopes of three strong women as they learn how to hold on to loved ones and when to let go.

Praise for multi-award-winning Barbara Hannay:

'It's a pleasure to follow an author who gets better with every book.' Apple iBooks, 'Best Books of the Month'

'No one does emotional punch quite like Barbara Hannay.' Helene Young

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Release Date  



- AUSTRALIA 1st August  2016 -



























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From: The Secret Years

By: Barbara Hannay

Micahel Joseph

Penguin Group Australia

ISBN 97801437099733 (pbk)

Text copyright Barbara Hannay 2015


































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