GATHER THE BONES has been nominated for the following awards 2012 Australian Romance Readers Awards, the 2012 CRW Award of Excellence, the 2013 GDRWA Booksellers Best Awards and the 2012 RONE Awards!
War leaves no heart untouched
In the shadow of the Great War, grieving widow, Helen Morrow and her husband’s cousin, the wounded and reclusive Paul are haunted not only by the horrors of the trenches but ghosts from another time and another conflict.
As the desperate voice of the young woman reaches out to them from the pages of a coded diary, Paul and Helen are bound together in their search for answers, not only to the old mystery but also the circumstances surrounding the death of Helen’s husband at Passchandaele in 1917.
As the two stories become entwined, Paul and Helen will not find peace until the mysteries are solved.
Cover Quote: GATHER THE BONES is breathtakingly romantic. This moving and dramatic love story will haunt you long after you turn the last page. Anna Campbell, author of SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED
From the Author
I never set out to write a “Downton Abbey with ghosts” story but the characters took control. Setting a story in 1923 allowed me to work with all my favourite interests … an Australian heroine, a ghost story, archaeology and, most importantly, the terrible impact of World War One on the lives of the men and women who survived.
In 2005 my husband and I (both us with military backgrounds) visited the battlefields of Belgium and Northern France. In a quiet war cemetery in France we found the grave of a young man, a cousin of my grandfather. An old family photograph shows a solemn little boy with fair hair and glasses who was destined to go into the church when he finished university. Instead he went to war and died at Poziers in 1916 at the age of 22 with the rank of Captain and a Military Cross to his name – the same age as my eldest son. I know the family never recovered and as I sat by the simple white head stone, the mother in me wept for the boy, the soldier empathised and the writer decided it was time to tell a story about the Great War.