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For forty-four years Stella Templeton has been a dutiful daughter and a good citizen living in Maidenville, population 2800, a town where nothing happens. Until one hot summer afternoon....
An ugly act has lifted the respectable skirts of Maidenville and mystery starts to surround the daughter of the local minister. Then the disappearance of a sixteen-year-old-boy adds to the neighbourhood's confusion. Does something sinister lurk behind the neatly trimmed hedges and white picket fences that divide this sleepy town? No one comes close to knowing the horrifying truth—but after forty-four years of self denial and duty, Stella Templeton is finally beginning to blossom.
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Joy Dettman was born in country Victoria and spent her early years in towns on either side of the Murray River. She is an award-winning writer of short stories, the complete collection of which, Diamonds in the Mud, was published in 2007, as well as the highly acclaimed novels Mallawindy, Jacaranda Blue, Goose Girl, Yesterday's Dust, The Seventh Day, Henry's Daughter, One Sunday, Pearl in a Cage, Thorn on the Rose, Moth to the Flame and Wind in the Wires.From AudioFile:
Australian novelist Joy Dettman shows mastery of her craft with a gripping story that first presents as a rather predictable tale of life in a small Outback town. Within the first few pages, however, things become complicated, dark, and anything but predictable. Deidre Rubenstein's broad Aussie accent is easy on the ears and allows her to convincingly portray the main character, Stella Templeton, a minister's daughter on the verge of spinsterhood. Rubenstein adds a deft handling of pace and intensity to her facility with characters young and old, male and female. The story unfolds with increasing depth and drama, making for an audiobook that's impossible to put down. M.O.B. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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