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Summary

A devastating bushfire. Three scorched marriages. An an inflammatory secret that will rock a town.  

When a lethal bushfire tore through Myrtle, nestled in Victoria’s breathtaking Otway Ranges, the town’s buildings - and the lives of its residents - were left as smouldering ash. For three women in particular, the fire fractured their lives and their relationships.  

Eighteen months later, with the flurry of national attention long past, Myrtle stands restored, shiny and new. But is the outside polish just a veneer? 

Community stalwart Julie thinks tourism could bring back some financial stability to their little corner of the world and soon prods Claire, Bec and Sophie into joining her group. But the scar tissue of trauma runs deep, and as each woman exposes her secrets and faces the damage that day wrought, a shocking truth will emerge that will shake the town to its newly rebuilt foundations....

An evocative story of everyday people fighting for themselves, their families and their town.

©2019 Fiona Lowe (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing

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engrossing

I really enjoyed this book. It dealt with some very thought provoking issues sensitively and well. the story cantered along and I had to keep listening to find out what happened to this lovely( mostly) group of women and men. So nice to read a book set in Australia too.

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had me sobbing

I came across this after hearing another of Fiona Lowe's audio books.

I was blown away by her writing in the previous story but this has now become one of my favourites from this sort of genre. It is a heart wrenching story, and had me sobbing multiple times.

would 100% recommend 💜

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  • Mona-Alisa
  • 27-06-22

Not my Favorite Fiona Lowe Books (*trigger warning)

I found Home Fires slow to start and depressing. I should have expected sadness and pain in a book about the horrific fires in Australia. Also, there should have been trigger warnings about domestic violence and sexual violence (rape).

I’ve read most of Fiona Lowe's books, and I have given five stars, which I’m very stingy with, to 2 of her books. I’m a big fan. It seems the author tried to diverge from her signature stories. I hope I don’t read another that ends with referrals to abused women organizations and telling you to get help if this triggers you, e.g., the fires and there devastations.

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  • carrie
  • 14-04-22

Recurring theme

I like this author and I’ve listened to a few of her books. There’s a recurring theme in her books of abusive relationships where the wife puts up with controlling, abusive behavior from her husband. It’s hard to listen to. She does character and story development well though and the narrator is great.