One family. Three women. Will the lies they tell and the secrets they hide lead to more heartache, or will fate bring them together before it’s too late?
Rosier O’Shea dreams of seeing the world. But right now, the Outback hotel she inherited from her husband is falling down around her ears, her bank account is empty and family duty means she’s staying put.
The only thing keeping Stephanie Bailey sane are the rides she takes on their sprawling property, even if the earth is red and barren as far as her eye can see. Drought has forced the sale of almost all their cattle and her husband is getting more and more distant. The last thing she needs is the complications her brother-in-law brings.
Sydney girl Faith Montgomery is single, out of work and at the age of 31 has just discovered she is adopted. Furious at being lied to for her entire life, she lands a job at the Crossroads Hotel so she can track down her biological mother without revealing who she is. When Cameron Bailey walks into the bar his curious blend of country charm and city savvy has her falling hard.
One family. Three Women. Will the lies they tell and the secrets they hide lead to more heartache of will fate bring them together before it’s too late?
A story of deceit, betrayal and love that proves that in the end you can choose your family.
Me And My Dog
Meet my dog, Bridie. She’s a 12 year old Staffy and while her poor old arthritic legs have seen better days, in her mind she’s still a two year old who loves to chase after sticks and beloved Kong. She’d do it all day if you let her but a few throws is enough for her now, otherwise getting up in the morning is a painful affair.
Bridie arrived in our home as a tiny pup when our old Bearded Collie, Hamish was 15. I couldn’t stand the though of not having a dog around and Bridie’s presence helped ease our sadness over losing our first fur baby.
Timid at first, Bridie soon became best buddies with Flopsy the rabbit and Kiara the Birman. My three girls adored her – and still do. When she was two I surprised everyone with the addition of Bridie’s half sister, Millie. Millie was a crazy pup who grew into a crazy adult but we loved her to bits. Sadly, 6 years later we had to re-home her as she and Bridie had started to fight. It was a very distressing time and thinking about Millie still brings tears to my eyes.
Unfortunately her experiences with Millie meant that Bridie now dislikes other dogs – intensely! She absolutely loves humans and cats – she even tolerates our baby goats – but canines bring out the worst in her. So when my daughter’s new pup, Spencer arrived, we decided to keep them separate. Fortunately we have a granny flat and Bridie spends most of her day indoors on her bed these days – or keeping me company while I write, cheekily sleeping on my not-for-dogs cushions!
Despite her age, Bridie loves living where we do now. Each morning she takes herself off for a toddle around the property – just far enough to check out all the smells – and then warms her bones on the veranda.
Anyone who has loved a dog knows how attached you can become. Bridie is such a well-loved member of our family we’re making sure she’s enjoying her old age and loving every minute we have to spend with her.