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Single mother Fran returns to her sleepy hometown to care for her dying father when a devastating bush fire breaks out.

Fran hates Ash Mountain, and she thought she’d escaped. But her father is ill and needs care. Her relationship is over, and she hates her dead-end job in the city, anyway.

She returns to her hometown to nurse her dying father, her distant teenage daughter in tow for the weekends. There, in the sleepy town of Ash Mountain, childhood memories prick at her fragile self-esteem, she falls in love for the first time and her demanding dad tests her patience, all in the unbearable heat of an Australian summer.

As old friendships and rivalries are renewed, and new ones forged, Fran’s tumultuous home life is the least of her worries, when old crimes rear their heads and a devastating bush fire ravages the town and all of its inhabitants....

©2020 Helen FitzGerald (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • 23-07-2021

Burning to death!

I stumbled on Helen Fitzgerald’s novel while looking for something to listen to and I’m now sitting in my chair shocked and appalled. I live in California, in wildfire country, but have never been seriously threatened. We are constantly bombarded with messages about how important it is to be prepared, but we hear so many (about fires, tsunamis, earthquakes)that they can become background noise. But a well told story can inform one in ways that no official preparedness policy and can. This is a very well told story and I shall be looking for Helen Mike Fitzgerald’s other books in the future.

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