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Extract from The Turning Tide

Copyright 2014 C. M. Lance
Published by Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781760110741

Grief is love that's lost its home: a sweeping saga of secrets, love and consequences set against a dramatic backdrop of wartime Australia. When Mike Whalen revisits his former commando training grounds at rugged, beautiful Wilsons Promontory, forty years after fighting in Timor, he's shocked to meet Lena, the granddaughter of his glamorous old friends Helen and Johnny.

When Johnny died in the Pacific War he left behind a burden of buried secrets, and as Mike is reluctantly drawn back into the life of Lena's family he finds himself overwhelmed by the past: from growing up in melting-pot Broome to tragic guerilla missions in Timor, desire in post-war Hiroshima and betrayal in the jazzy fifties.

Before Mike can turn the bitter tides of memory and have any hope of happiness, he must rebuild his bonds with wartime mates, face his long-held guilt and finally confront Helen – and himself – with the truth. From Broome to the Prom via war in the Pacific, this is a novel of adventure, betrayal and passion.

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