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Once Burnt, Twice Shy


By Karly Lane

From the best-selling Karly Lane comes a pitch-perfect story of rural tragedy, old flames reawakened and the meaning of home. A tribute to the Rural Fire Service and the work they selflessly do.

Recently divorced mother-of-two Samantha Murphy agrees to house-sit for her parents for a few weeks – but when the house involves several hundred acres of farming and livestock, it’s a little more involved than the usual job. Sam left the family farm years ago for a more exciting, glamorous life on the Sunshine Coast, but now that her kids have grown up and moved out, she’s at a crossroads.

Jack Cameron was in love with Sam when they were teenagers, and she broke his heart when she left town at eighteen. Their lives moved along similar paths – both marrying, having families and getting divorced – but in very different locations. Now that Sam is back, they begin to realise that there are unresolved feelings between them.

As catastrophic fires roar destructively through the local farming community, Sam has no choice but to evacuate her parents’ farm. But worse is still to come: Jack is reported missing and Sam is forced to prepare for the worst news.

A heartwarming story of second chances, of loss and rebuilding, and of finally coming home.

ISBN: 9781761068195
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: 01 Nov 2022
Page Extent: 400
Format: B
Package type: PAPERBACK


About the author:

Karly Lane lives on the beautiful mid-North Coast of New South Wales, and she is the proud mum of four children and an assortment of four-legged animals.

Before becoming an author, Karly worked as a pathology collector. Now, after surviving three teenage children and with one more to go, she's confident she can add referee, hostage negotiator, law enforcer, peacekeeper, ruiner-of-social-lives, driving instructor and expert-at silently-counting-to-ten to her resume.

When she isn't at her keyboard, Karly can be found hanging out with her beloved horses and dogs, happily ignoring the housework.

Karly writes Rural and Women's Fiction set in small country towns, blending contemporary stories with historical heritage. She is a passionate advocate for rural Australia, with a focus on rural communities and current issues. She has published twenty books with Allen & Unwin.

Her bestselling novels include North Star, Morgan's Law, Bridie's Choice, Poppy's Dilemma, Gemma's Bluff, Tallowood Bound, Second Chance Town, Third Time Lucky, If Wishes Were Horses, Six Ways to Sunday, Someone Like You, Fool Me Once, Something Like This and the bestselling Callahans of Stringybark Creek series: The Wrong Callahan, Mr Right Now and Return to Stringybark Creek. This is her eighteenth novel.