All the Golden Light
A stirring, dramatic new debut historical fiction novel for readers of Kirsty Manning, Natasha Lester and Rosalie Ham
by Siobhan O'Brien
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Pub Date 31 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2024
HarperCollins Publishers Australia, HarperCollins AU
A stirring, dramatic story about finding connection, meaning and beauty in a time of darkness ... and the craving and savagery of the heart
'Suspenseful and thrilling' TANIA BLANCHARD
'Powerful and moving' VICTORIA PURMAN
'Heartstopping' ALLI PARKER
1918, Belowla. As the Great War grinds to an end, Adelaide Roberts accompanies her father to a rugged island off the south coast of New South Wales. While loss and deprivation have decimated the country, Ada dreams of a life filled with purpose and hope.
On the windswept rocky outcrop she meets lighthouse keeper Emmett Huxley, a dark-eyed outsider haunted by his service in France. Adelaide and Emmett are inexorably drawn together, but Adelaide discovers plans have been made for her with decorated returned soldier Donal Blaxland, a local landowner.
Soon Adelaide is forced to make a choice about her future, and discovers that Donal harbours terrible secrets of his own. As she begins to understand the depths of Donal's desperation, Adelaide knows she must leave - and between the treacherous waters of the coast and the rugged ranges of an ancient land, she fights for her survival, determined to live and love on her own terms.
A moving, uplifting story about the craving of the heart - and hope in the darkest of times.
PRAISE FOR ALL THE GOLDEN LIGHT
'Suspenseful and thrilling, dark and evocative, yet light and hopeful as the human spirit endures and rises from the ashes, looking towards a new future' TANIA BLANCHARD
'One woman's powerful and moving journey to independence in a time when women had none'' VICTORIA PURMAN
'Heartstopping ... O'Brien shows a deft hand navigating tragedy, grief and, above all, hope' ALLI PARKER
'A completely immersive tale. So much connection, beauty and gorgeous description. I loved Adelaide, and know readers will too' ANNA LODER, READABOOK