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A powerful and sweeping historical novel of love, loss, and hope, set against Australia’s vast sugarcane fields in the turbulent days after World War II.
1948: Change has come to every corner of the globe – and Rosie Stanton, returning home to Northern Queensland after serving the war effort in Brisbane, plans to rescue her family’s foundering sugarcane farm with her unstoppable can-do spirit. Coming up against her father’s old-world views, a farm worker undermining her success, and constant reminders of Rosie’s brothers lost in the war, Rosie realizes she wants more from life and love – but at what cost?
Italian immigrant Tomas Conti arrives at a neighboring farm, and sparks fly as Rosie draws close to this enigmatic newcomer. When an enemy appears with evidence of Tomas’ shocking past, long-held wartime hatreds rekindle…and an astounding family secret sets Rosie’s world ablaze. At the dawn of a new era, Rosie must make her own destiny amid the ashes of yesterday – by following her heart.
Step into a world of secrets, betrayal, forgiveness, and love . . . .
1952. Louisa Gilchrist flees her turbulent life in England and arrives in Argentina, determined to make a fresh start. When the country’s most influential tango composer chooses Louisa as his muse, she’s hypnotized by high society soirees, powerful friends, and a luxurious existence. For the first time in her life, Louisa feels safe. But love and jealousy are a dangerous combination and Louisa’s world is shattered when betrayal leads to murder. Will Louisa’s broken heart ever recover, or will she suffer the consequences of loving the wrong man?
Present day. Journalist Dani McKenna’s damaged career has a chance of being resurrected if she can secure an interview with reclusive tango dancer Carlos Escudero. For years he has refused to speak about the tragic accident that ended his career, but it’s not just Carlos’s story Dani needs – he holds the key to a family mystery that has haunted her for decades. As Dani grapples with an uncertain future and Carlos wrestles with his past, they discover truth can divide just as quickly as it can unite. Will love be enough to keep them together?
UNDER THE SPANISH STARS
A life-changing journey, a family secret, a passionate encounter . . . .
1945. When Katarina Sanchez is drawn into the world of flamenco, she’s forced to make a decision – comply with her affluent family’s rigid lifestyle or live a life of poverty but enjoy freedom and self-expression. Although Spain is crippled under a dictatorship, Katarina finds love. However, the tragedy of war brings heartbreak. An opportunity to right a past wrong arises, yet it comes at a cost for Katarina – save the lives of many or potentially lose the only man she’s ever loved.
Present day. Charlotte Kavanagh will do anything to fulfill the wishes of her ailing grandmother, even if it means travelling to Spain to uncover the truth behind a mysterious painting. As Charlotte explores Granada’s ancient cobblestone streets, she meets Mateo Vives, a man with a dark past and the only person who can help Charlotte complete her quest. As the secret surrounding the painting deepens, she discovers her grandmother’s connection to the Spanish underground. Weighed down by secrets and betrayals, Charlotte finds herself questioning the true meaning of heritage, family, and love.
DREAMING OF SPAIN (free audio book)
The prequel to UNDER THE SPANISH STARS
As the long, mysterious life of a family matriarch begins to wind down, will she take her secrets with her? Or will her past adventures lead to new ones for the next generation? From a bustling Australian city to the beauty and promise of Granada and a captivating culture, one young woman may dare to find out….
Charlotte Kavanagh’s beloved grandmother may have made peace with her mortality, but Charlotte isn’t yet ready to do the same. There is still so much she wants to know about her abuela – like the truth about her youth in Spain, her days dancing flamenco – all subjects Katarina has refused to speak of. And when she becomes ill, Charlotte fears losing her forever – along with any chance to know the history that is also part of her own legacy….
Yet despite her fragile condition, Katarina rallies, and Charlotte hopes she may have had a change of heart about revealing her secrets. It’s a wish that will challenge Charlotte to break out of her perfectly ordered life in ways she never expected. Does she have the courage to step out of her routine – to leave the country and discover the woman her grandmother once was – and perhaps even find herself along the way?
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UNDER THE PARISIAN SKY
A sweeping saga about love, truth, grief and passion – and what it takes to fulfil a dream . . . .
1917. When dancer Viktoriya Budian flees war-torn Russia, she arrives in Paris, destitute and without hope. Her only chance of survival is to join the Ballets Russes, a controversial dance company that works with Pablo Picasso, Coco Chanel, and Henri Matisse. As war rages across Europe, Viktoriya’s personal life is in turmoil as lies lead to betrayal and her freedom is threatened. Will Viktoriya discover the truth before she loses everything she holds dear?
Present day. Lily Johansson returns to Paris, the city that broke her heart and destroyed her ballet career, hoping to ease the guilt over her fiancé’s death and to make amends with her estranged sister, Natalie, also a dancer. Lily finds herself entangled with talented composer Yves Rousseau, who believes she is his muse. Meanwhile, Natalie develops an unhealthy obsession with the story of Viktoriya Budian. As Natalie’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, Lily fears for her sister’s safety and sanity. When long-held secrets are uncovered, Lily and Yves must confront the past to have any chance at a future.
PARISIAN DREAMS (free audio book)
The prequel to UNDER THE PARISIAN SKY
When Australian Lily Johansson earns the opportunity to dance for the prestigious Bohème Ballet in Paris, she fulfills a lifelong dream and continues a family legacy – but it comes at a cost. While Lily falls in love with the City of Light and her professional life catapults her into fame, her personal life suffers as the relationship with her fiancé deteriorates. On a stormy night, an argument sends Lily racing across the road and a speeding car tragically changes her life forever. Lily’s heart, once full of love and hope, is smashed to pieces and her career crumbles into a hopeless mess. Stumbling into a solitary future she’d never planned, Lily must learn to live with the grief of losing the man she loved and find her way in an unfamiliar world.
DIE BALLERINA VON PARIS (German)
Die Tänzerin am Ufer der Seine.
Seit dem Tod ihres Verlobten ist Lily das erste Mal wieder in Paris, der Stadt, in der er ums Leben kam. Hier lernt sie den Komponisten Yves kennen, der an einem Stück über eine russische Tänzerin arbeitet. Yves ist fasziniert von der verletzlichen Lily und hofft auf Inspiration – schließlich war sie einmal selbst eine gefeierte Ballerina. Zunächst weigert sich Lily, nach dem Tod ihres Verlobten hat sie nie wieder getanzt. Als sie jedoch eine ungeahnte Verbindung zu der russischen Primaballerina entdeckt, wird ihr bewusst, dass man die Leidenschaft seines Lebens nicht einfach aufgeben kann.
Alli Sinclair lebt als Autorin in Australien. Sie liebt es, Europa zu bereisen, und verbrachte lange Zeit in Frankreich und Paris. Ihre große Leidenschaft ist Tanz. Für ihre Bücher wurde sie mit zahlreichen Preisen ausgezeichnet.