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A young woman's quest to heal a family rift entangles her in one of Australia's greatest historical puzzles when an intricately illustrated map offers a clue to the fate of a long-lost girl. A mesmerizing historical mystery set in the Hunter Valley from best-selling author Tea Cooper for readers and listeners of Natasha Lester and Kate Morton.

1880, the Hunter Valley

Evie Ludgrove loves to map the landscape around her home - hardly surprising since she grew up in the shadow of her father's obsession with the great Australian explorer Dr. Ludwig Leichhardt. So when an advertisement appears in The Bulletin magazine offering a 1,000-pound reward for proof of where Leichhardt met his fate, Evie is determined to figure it out - after all, there are clues in her father's papers and in the archives of The Royal Geographical Society. But when Evie sets out to prove her theory, she vanishes without a trace, leaving behind a mystery that taints everyone's lives for 30 years.

1911

When Letitia Rawlings arrives at the family estate in her Model T Ford, her purpose is to inform her great-aunt Olivia of a bereavement. But Letitia is also escaping her own problems - her brother's sudden death, her mother's scheming and her own dissatisfaction with the life planned out for her. So when Letitia discovers a beautifully illustrated map that might hold a clue to the fate of her missing aunt, Evie Ludgrove, her curiosity is aroused, and she sets out to discover the truth of Evie's disappearance.

But all is not as it seems at Yellow Rock estate and as events unfold, Letitia begins to realize that solving the mystery of her family's past could offer as much peril as redemption.

©2020 Tea Cooper (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Paula Beavan
  • 03-11-2020

Another Triumph by Tea Cooper

I just love Tea’s books, the history is mixed perfectly with the fiction, and this is a tale that dragged me in so that I sat up late listening when I should have long been in bed. The only thing I found a bit off putting was the narrator pronouncing local town incorrectly. But it wasn’t so bad as to mess with my enjoyment of the story.

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