Ember Island: a novel
First Touchstone edition.
In a compelling, complex story from the bestselling author of Wildflower Hill and Lighthouse Bay , two women separated by a century discover long-buried secrets in an Australian manor house. In 1891, Tilly Kirkland is reeling with shock and guilt after her tempestuous marriage ends in horrific circumstances. Fleeing to the farthest place she knows, Tilly takes a job on Ember Island in Moreton Bay, Australia, where she becomes the governess to the prison superintendent's precocious young daughter, Nell. Tilly knows she must keep the past hidden in order to start a new life, but she doesn't know that Nell is watching her every move and writing it all down, hiding tiny journals all over their rambling manor home. More than one hundred years later, bestselling novelist Nina Jones is struggling to complete her next book. A reporter asking questions about her great-grandmother sends Nina retreating to her family's home on Ember Island, where she hopes to find her lost inspiration somewhere in the crumbling walls. Though they are separated by years, both Tilly and Nina must learn that some secrets never stay buried, but what matters most is learning to trust your heart.
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|Grouping Title||ember island|
|Grouping Author||freeman kimberley|
|Last Grouping Update||2017-12-19 00:02:58AM|
|Last Indexed||2018-07-17 23:43:58PM|
|author||Freeman, Kimberley, 1970-|
|detailed_location_catalog||East - Adult Fiction|
|display_description||"In a compelling, complex story from the bestselling author of Wildflower Hill and Lighthouse Bay, two women separated by a century discover long-buried secrets in an Australian manor house. In 1876, Tilly, a recently married young English woman, is reeling with shock and guilt after her tempestuous marriage ends in horrific circumstances on the remote Channel Islands. Determined to get as far from England as she can, she takes on a new identity and a job on Ember Island in Moreton Bay, Australia, where she becomes the governess to a prison superintendent's young daughter, Nell. Tilly fights her attraction to the superintendent, Sterling Holt, and befriends one the few female inmates, Hettie Thorpe, and a dangerous relationship develops. She doesn't know that Nell is watching her every move and writing it all down, hiding tiny journals all over Starwater, her rambling manor home. More than 100 years later, bestselling novelist Nina Jones is struggling with writer's block and her disappointing personal life. Her poet boyfriend has recently broken up with her, and a reporter who is digging into her past insists on speaking to Nina about her great-grandmother, Nell. There are some secrets Nina may no longer be able to hide. Retreating to Starwater, she discovers Nell's diary pages hidden in the old walls and becomes determined to solve the mystery. Though Tilly and Nina are separated by many years, Starwater House will change both their lives. Deeply affecting and beautifully written, Ember Island is a sweeping novel of secrets, second chances, and learning to trust your heart"--|
|item_details||ils:CARL0000434218|35192045741208|East - Adult Fiction|Fiction Freeman|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||EA|||
|owning_library_catalog||Nashville Public Library|
|record_details||ils:CARL0000434218|Book|Books|First Touchstone edition.|English|Touchstone,|2014.|432 pages ; 21 cm.|
|subject_facet||Diaries -- Fiction, Family secrets -- Fiction, Great-grandmothers -- Fiction, Moreton Bay (Qld.) -- Fiction, Women novelists -- Fiction|
|title_display||Ember Island : a novel|
|title_full||Ember Island : a novel / Kimberley Freeman|
|title_short||Ember Island :|
|topic_facet||Diaries, Family secrets, Great-grandmothers, Women novelists|