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When your world falls apart the only person you can depend on is your sister.The three Chirnwell sisters are descended from the privileged squattocracy in Victoria’s Western District — but could a long-held secret threaten their family?Harriett Chirnwell has a perfect life — a husband who loves her, a successful career and a daughter who is destined to become a doctor justWhen your world falls apart the only person you can depend on is your sister.The three Chirnwell sisters are descended from the privileged squattocracy in Victoria’s Western District — but could a long-held secret threaten their family?Harriett Chirnwell has a perfect life — a husband who loves her, a successful career and a daughter who is destined to become a doctor just like her.Xara has always lived in Harriet’s shadow; her chaotic life with her family on their sheep farm falls far short of her older sister’s standards of perfection and prestige.Georgie, the youngest sister and a passionate teacher, is the only one of the three to have left Billawarre. But is her life in Melbourne happy?Despite all three sisters having a different and sometimes strained bond with their mother, Edwina, they come together to organise a party for her milestone birthday — the first since their father’s death. But when Edwina arrives at her party on the arm of another man, the tumult is like a dam finally breaking. Suddenly the lives of the Chirnwell sisters are flooded by scandal. Criminal accusations, a daughter in crisis, and a secret over fifty years in the making start to crack the perfect façade of the prominent pastoral family.A thought provoking novel about family expectations, secrets and lies....

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  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    2019-05-06 20:43

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.comFiona Lowe is a well known and respected author in Australia. She has published over twenty contemporary romance books and has won some prestigious awards, such as the RUBY here in Australia and the RITA award in the US. For reasons unknown to me, her writing seems to have slipped under my radar but I am rectifying that through my reading of her latest novel, Daughter of Mine.The Chirnwells are a wealthy clan and hail from Victoria’s Western district. They have lived and worked off the land for many years successfully. At the head of the Chirnwell family is Edwina, a widow of two years, after her husband and the father of her three daughters passed away. Her daughters are as different as chalk and cheese. There is the eldest Harriet, who has a successful career, a loving husband and a talented daughter. Middle daughter Xara juggles a disabled daughter with twins on her family’s sheep farm property. Youngest daughter Georgie has flown from her childhood home to forge a career as a teacher in the city. But is still clear that Georgie is trying to find her feet, as well as a place that makes her feel happy. Gathering for their first big family celebration since the passing of their father, the three Chirnwell sisters are putting their differences with one another aside, for the sake of their mother. The milestone birthday party for Edwina signals the start of a series of revelations that rock the Chirnwell family to their core. With deep seated secrets, a love scandal, criminal activities and an unexpected pregnancy to contend with, life for the Chirnwell clan is about to change.If you are searching for a good quality family saga, complete with some juicy secrets, strained relations and a distinctly Australian setting, then Daughter of Mine may be just what you have been looking for. I really did enjoy my first turn with Fiona Lowe and I still quite fathom why I haven’t read any of her books until now! Never mind, I will be sure to make a conscious effort to seek out Lowe’s back list based on my appreciation for Daughter of Mine.Sisterhood is a big theme of this novel. I tend to find the complex relationship that exists between sisters a little hard to understand, as I come from a family background of only one sibling, a younger brother. Thankfully, Lowe’s approach to the sisterly relationships in Daughter of Mine has an easy style to connect with. It isn’t essential to have your own sister relationship to understand the ups and downs the sisters go through in this novel. What I will say is each of these sisters is very different, very well drawn and contrasting. Each has their own traits, misgivings and aspirations that I am certain readers will some sense of common understanding. The situations Lowe puts these sisters and the other characters in the novel is realistic and relatable, it definitely added to the appeal of the novel as a whole.Readers will be quick to notice that Daughter of Mine is hefty, it is on the 500 page mark. However, the almost conversational mode of storytelling that Lowe adopts to unravel her tale of the Chirnwells assists greatly in the enjoyment of the novel. The use of long buried secrets and a few lies, even an element of criminal fraud thrown in for good measure, contributes to your loyalty to stay with the book from the start to the end.Lowe has chosen to base her latest novel in a beautiful part of Australia, most of the action in the novel is focussed around the same small country Victorian based town. I enjoyed being transported to the Victorian district of Billawarre. Lowe’s descriptions are a visual feast. Linking to these stunning depictions of the land is Lowe’s reference to squattocracy in Daughter of Mine. A term that is new to me, I appreciated learning about the legacy behind prominent pastoral families such as the Chirnwells.I urge you not to feel overwhelmed by the size of this novel, it is a spiralling and relaxing novel kind of novel. It embraces you in its arms from the opening and doesn’t try to let go until you reach the end of this compelling saga. Daughter of Mine simultaneously explores motherhood, sisterhood and daughterhood, by taking you right into the heart of the Chirnwell family and their unfolding dramas. It is a story that all will find a commonality with and be reminded that no family is perfect but it is the strength that we gain from these familial bonds that are important. Thank you for a meaningful read Fiona Lowe.

  • Dale Harcombe
    2019-05-17 19:33

    Three sisters, all with very different lives, come together to organise a significant birthday party, at elder sister Harriet’s insistence for their mother, Edwina. Harriet, who has a husband, a successful career and one daughter is the most annoying creature out. She is the type of person who usually manages to ride roughshod over the thoughts, opinions and feelings of others. Xara has always felt she can never live up to Harriet. Xara lives on a sheep family with a young and slightly chaotic family that never seems to match up to her older sister’s standards. Georgie, the youngest sister, lives in Melbourne and is a committed teacher. All three women have secrets and issues in their lives they are dealing with. They also relate very differently to their mother Edwina. Edwina has secrets of her own that eventually come to light.I liked the setting of this book but I thought at times there was just too much happening and too many secrets rolling out. It struck me at times as a bit far-fetched. I never really engaged completely with any of the female characters, though Xara and Georgie are both more likeable than Harriet. A couple of the male characters I really liked. Overall I enjoyed the book. It just didn’t grab me as much as I expected it would. Others may well have a different view though.

  • Helen
    2019-05-16 20:43

    Where do I start? Can I say wow what a fabulous story? Yes I can, I loved this one beautifully written so many fabulous characters who come to life on the pages they became friends, and friends that I cried with laughed with and wanted to yell at throughout the story there is a lot going on secrets that have been kept for nearly fifty years and when they come out lives will change forever.This is the story of a privileged family in Victoria’s Western district they come from squatters in the early 1800’s they have a rich and honoured history but do they? There are always secrets and black sheep of the family and now a secret is about to be discovered that will lead to the three Chirnwell sisters Harriet (Harry), Xara and Georgie’s lives as well as their Mother’s Edwina being up ended and that is not the only thing that is happening there is lovers reunited new love discovered and extra family members as well as families torn apart by criminal accusations and scandals that rock the town of Billawarre.Harry, Xara and Georgie are all very different sisters Harry a successful Doctor with a loving husband and beautiful daughter, Xara a stay at home Mum who leads a very busy life with her loving husband children and the sheep farm to run and Georgie the teacher who has been through heartache but even though they have their differences in the end they are sisters who love and care for each other but their lives change and their journey is very rocky and the path a tough one to tread but tread it they do. The women in this story are strong and capable and mostly easy to love as you get to know them.I don’t want to give any spoilers away but I do highly recommend this book it truly is a remarkable amazing story of families and the rules that they live by the loves, the loses, the highs and lows that come daily and sometimes with a big bang that rocks everyone. I smiled I cried and I found such joy in this story. Thank you MS Lowe for a wonderful story that kept me turning the pages this one is a keeper and will stay with me for a long time.

  • Janine
    2019-05-14 21:25

    This is the first book of Fiona's that I have read, and I believe that she has quite an extensive backlist of books. I think this is her first commercial Women's Fiction book, and I feel so privileged to have read it. I love stories about families and this book is an absolute winner. The pressure to maintain an image on a well-respected and somewhat wealthy family in a smallish town is huge, but every family like this has a facade and Edwina who is the matriarch of the family has a secret that she has told no one. Newly widowed, she feels she must uphold this image to her three daughters - Harriet, who is following her late father's career and is a perfectionist with a prominent husband and perfect daughter, Xara who is busy juggling 3 children, one of which has a disability, and Georgie who lives away in Melbourne and followed her own dream of being a teacher rather than what her father wanted her to do, but has been unlucky in love.The characters in this book were very relatable and the author went to great lengths to tell their individual stories beautifully. This kept me turning the pages constantly and even though I could have slapped one of the daughters many times throughout the book, I did enjoy how her story concluded. There are also many secondary characters in the book who have delightful backgrounds of their own and you can't help but empathize with their circumstances as well. This is a must read book for anyone who enjoys life-lit or women's fiction and I hope will be the first of many books by Fiona written in this genre.

  • Cate
    2019-05-09 14:28

    Really enjoyed this novel by Fiona Lowe. A pleasant, engaging writing style that is easy to read, an enjoyable plot involving complicated family secrets, mental health issues, and lost love which moves at a good pace, and authentic dialogue between sisters, mothers and extended family who have, at times, a fractious relationship (coming from a hugely dysfunctional family of three sisters, I can relate!).Genuinely recommend this novel as a great holiday or weekend read you can become engrossed in.Review copy received from Harlequin.

  • Krystle Sky
    2019-05-04 21:52

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was left wanting more. The characters, even with their flaws were easy to relate to, even if they were difficult to like at times. This story takes the reader on a real journey of family history, one which spoke much truth to anyone who has resided in rural Australia. I love the twists and turns through the family history and thought the depiction of the ins and outs of family added an authenticity to the story. This is the first book of Fiona Lowes that I have read and I did find the writing style quite different to other authors in the same genre. Overall though it is a fabulous story which was very difficult to put down at times. Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Harlequin for the opportunity to read this book. Another fab author to follow :)

  • Diane
    2019-05-05 17:37

    Loved this book! Thank you Fiona Lowe, it may be a long story but it is a very interesting one. The quote in the front of the book: Sisters may share the same mother and father but appear to come from different families...Anonymous. This would no doubt suggest that each of us is a very unique individual and that our life experience is never the same. Proven so by the lives of the sisters in this story and beyond them... I would recommend this book

  • Nicola Marsh
    2019-05-09 15:30

    This is so good, I devoured it in 2 days (and it's a big, thick paperback!)A wonderfully heartwarming story of families, siblings and the secrets they keep.Thoroughly enjoyed!

  • Bree T
    2019-05-13 20:43

    I’ve never read Fiona Lowe before but she is the winner of multiple awards (including a RITA) so I was pretty intrigued by this one. It’s quite a complex story line featuring several generations of the same family who hail from wealthy, privileged and respected landowners – the “squattocracy”.Harriett, Xara and Georgie couldn’t really be more different. Harriett has always been the rigid one, very driven and dedicated. Not only does she push herself hard to always be successful and almost perfect in a way, but she also pushes her daughter hard as well. Xara has had to learn to be adaptable – as the mother of a child with a lifelong debilitating disability and also twin boys, her life is total chaos where they’re always just scraping buy compared to Harriett’s organised life and quiet wealth. Georgie is a primary school teacher (seemingly stuck with a “difficult” sort of class) and the only one to have made her home away from the local area where they all grew up and their names are an integral part of the history and make up of the town. Who they are and where they came from is of varying importance to them – unsurprisingly Harriet is the most attached the family name and reputation and it is her that reacts in the worst way when she is first betrayed and then confronted with some unexpected news.In a way I felt for Harriett because the more rigid someone is, the harder it is for them when terrible things happen. And there’s no doubt that Harriett’s life implodes. Someone she loves, someone she respected, does something utterly horrible and she is blindsided by it and then the response to her hurt is perhaps even worse. She is also ostracised, shunned, labelled as a co-conspirator by the locals and her practice suffers greatly as a result. But it was hard to completely sympathise with Harriett because so much of what happens after that first betrayal is of her own making. She’s so rigid and so demanding on what must be done that she overlooks so many important things. She’s concerned with image and how things look and the fact that things like this just don’t happen in their family. Because they are better than that and that was an attitude that I couldn’t sympathise with at all. Despite people attempting to reason with her, she really did stay frustratingly stubborn and judgemental for the longest time. Harriett for me felt like a very interesting study for “nature vs nurture” – there’s no doubt her fractured relationship with Edwina was a product of the distance between them when Harriett was very young and also Edwina’s illnesses. However Harriett also aspired to be very much like her father, wanted to emulate him in every way. She adored him clearly and it’s very difficult for her when she’s forced to confront some of his faults, long after his death. It did make me wonder how much of her nature was because she wanted to be that way, that she thought being that way was more superior than being more like Edwina.I don’t have a sister but everyone I know with one says that it’s a very complex relationship and these three definitely have that. Georgie and Xara are more mellow personalities, more alike probably and more able to sit and just chat. Harriett is always doing something or going somewhere and she doesn’t seem like she’s as close to the other two as they are to each other. They do rally around in times of crisis, but it’s a lot of things that pile on top of one another – Edwina’s new man friend, the betrayal Harriett experiences and resulting fall out (it also affects Xara and her husband Steve quite personally as well) as well as what happens after that and it isn’t long before fractures in the relationships Harriett has with everyone are showing.I really loved Edwina’s story, which is told in bits and pieces throughout and I actually think that could’ve made a great book on it’s own – following her from a teenager up until the age she is at the beginning of this novel. She’s experienced a lot of heartache juxtaposed with a lot of privilege and the Edwina that is presented to the world is different from the Edwina that lies beneath the surface. Loved the character of Doug and I loved the fact that they were able to reconnect after so many years and still find something there. There were many surprises that came out of that which made for very interesting reading and added many layers to the complexity of the story.For the most part, this is a really engaging multi-generational family story with plenty of drama, intricate relationships (some connections are very intricate!) and intriguing reveals. However there were times when for me, it felt a little bit long and Harriett’s hysteria and stubbornness over something was quite irritating. I don’t really know much about the whole squattocracy thing but sometimes the family reputation thing felt a little outdated, something that people would’ve focused on earlier but shouldn’t really seem as relevant now.Those are little things though and this is still an excellent read.

  • Helen
    2019-05-17 16:45

    ‘I really don’t think anyone in my family is okay today .... I paid a high price for secrets and lies and I’m paying it still.’With an easy going writing style and an engaging story, ‘Daughter of Mine’ proved to be a most enjoyable novel. Here you will find past and recent complicated family secrets and lies, loves come and go and a range of emotions from the young through to serious mental issues are covered. What I truly embraced with this book was the realistic and authentic dialogue, not only between family, but also those extending beyond that. ‘Ask me. I’m an open book. I’ve lived with the damaging effects of secrets all of my life. I don’t want any to exist between you and me or between me and your sisters.’Here Lowe will provide you with an array of characters that face obstacles and heartache and there is sure to be at least one character that you unwittingly nod your head at, either in agreement or frustration. Still, it goes to demonstrate how well Lowe captures a range of relatable characteristics and how everybody can deal differently with a conflict or family problem. I appreciate the detail and time Lowe invested in each of the main characters so that you could try to appreciate how it looked coming from their side of things.‘Confident he wasn’t going to ask, she’d let down her guard. Now, all snuggled up in her cocoon of bliss and totally unprepared, the question hit her like a sniper’s bullet. It tore through her, ripping, burning, brutal.’Set in a small town it all comes across as very believable and you will find yourself cheering for some and hoping that fate delivers its blow to others. For a longer book, it moves at a good pace and I was readily engaged throughout, eagerly turning the pages. I can genuinely recommend this as a good family drama/saga. ‘Life isn’t perfect. God, I worked that out years ago. It’s messy and complicated and disorganised. People do things that hurt you. People disappoint you and let you down. Family lets you down and that one hurts the most.’This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The quoted material may have changed in the final release

  • Janine
    2019-04-27 17:24

    I really enjoyed this book with lots of family secrets being unearthed. Great characters and well written with a lovely rural setting. Having 3 daughters I could relate to personalities and situations.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-29 16:33

    Loved this book. Great characters. Interesting setting. Each time I had to put it down, I couldn't wait to get back to it. Nicely done Fiona Lowe!!!!

  • Michelle Lewis
    2019-05-03 20:36

    Absolutely couldn't put this book down. Enjoyed it thoroughly and the way that the families and Western District were brought to life

  • Talking Books
    2019-04-26 18:42

    Daughter Of Mine by Fiona Lowe was a tumultuous, 360 degree story, filled with so many obstacles and heartache and twists for the portrayed characters. Energetic, opinionated personas that were prickly at first, but nevertheless, they grew on you. Characters that had this readers opinions turning. Events and circumstances, secrets and lies. An exceptionally magnificent read. From the start I was gripped by the happenings within the events of the small town setting, and the vivacious starring characters portrayed. The obstacles and contentious issues were believably written and had me completely outraged on behalf of each of the characters. Loved this story and was so pleased with the finale and would not have complained if the story kept going :) A book that will be in my fave reads that I could go back to again.Review copy received from Harlequin Australia via Netgalley

  • Jill Robertson
    2019-05-03 16:50

    With its old-fashioned title and cover, this epic saga of a wealthy, long-established country family had just a little too much old-fashioned melodrama for me. The story centred on three sisters (two married; one not) and their widowed mother and the secrets, lies and deceptions that lay within the family which outwardly had always been the pillar of society - financially, socially, and morally. In every chapter a new scandal erupted. The plot line with its multiple dramas was fairly absorbing, but it always annoys me when, to heighten the drama, characters deliberately won't understand or talk to each other. The character of Harriet, one of the daughters, was obnoxious and annoying and written in a very Mills and Boon way (she often spoke 'waspishly', a well-worn M&B word); a more subtle approach and she would have been a character I could sympathise with. Perhaps there are families like this one, but for me, it seemed as if the author had used every scandal she could think of to throw at this family. I guess I prefer a more thoughtful and introspective look at families, especially as all other reviews for this book are quite glowing. I lived in the Western District at one stage and felt the story reflected a very stereotyped depiction of a country area and its people; it could have been set anywhere in the world as it had nothing to do with this actual region. Two stars because I liked the character of Georgie.

  • Corrinne Hills
    2019-04-24 18:33

    I grew up in the area this book was set in and could not relate to it at all. It was full of the popular cliches about farming families with large land holdings. Lots of land does not mean wealthy, and big houses as described just do not exist in this region. Maybe a big old weatherboard with wide verandahs and an outside loo. Anything big is modern, the last 15 years. Years of drought have wiped out most of the gardens. It felt like the setting was more English or American and relocated to suit an audience. I couldn't finish the book as it was too distracting finding all the loop holes in the setting, the characterisation of the community and let's just not start on the plot... I don't know of a community in the area that supports a law firm, a doctor and has it's own council let alone mayor. Victoria is all about super-councils over huge areas... For people who actually live in rural Victoria this book epitomizes every single stereotype that frustrates and annoys them.

  • Margaret
    2019-05-12 20:46

    Families, you don't get to choose who you get stuck with. I love the interaction between the three sisters, each so different and yet they share many of the same qualities. Xara made me laugh out loud a number of times and Harriet was just annoying a lot of the time. They have all experienced difficulties by the end of the book and have come through it to be stronger and I think their family bonds increased. It shows that even the perfect families have secrets, and those secrets always seem to come out, sometimes not for generations but they will rise. This is a lovely book about loves lost and found and that families can keep you strong or break you. This book is beautifully written and describes a small Victorian town rich with history and how the families who settled the area still influence the town.

  • E. L.Lowe
    2019-05-06 19:33

    Such a beautiful read. A journey through the lives of a family torn apart, and in some ways together by powerful family secrets. I loved these characters and followed their journey with a measure of delight and distress as the story wove it's way to the end. They were completely believable and even with their flaws, it was difficult not to like them. The setting sounded stunning, and I long to visit the region of Australia in which it was set. Particularly the historic houses, and museums that tell stories of the small towns and its families.And finally, the plot kept me gripped from beginning to end.I recommend this to anyone with a like for women's fiction.

  • Malvina
    2019-05-14 18:29

    'Tangled family secrets' - written on the book's cover - is probably the best phrase to sum this book up. At first I thought the 'secret' was going to be past lovers rediscovering each other, but whoa, no, the surprises kept coming thick and fast. Families are never perfect, even if we want them to be and try to keep up appearances. And the Mannering family, squattocracy in Victoria's Western District, suddenly unravels at warp speed from the appearance of perfect when secrets are revealed. What a big sprawling romp of a book, with the theme of family love at its heart. A great read.

  • Cynthia
    2019-05-18 21:37

    Although most events were predictable I enjoyed reading about this family in rural Victoria. It brings to light the affect of family secrets, experiences, expectations, history, perceptions and dynamics. Fiona has a great writing style that flows well.

  • Richard Sanderson
    2019-04-26 21:49

    Lots of family drama. Having lived in the Western District, it's an accurate portrayal of the area. I suppose the author created a town so as not to place it specifically in Hamilton or Colac, but I kept thinking I was in one of those two towns. Good read.

  • Abby Nancarrow grimshaw
    2019-04-28 22:49

    This book was a very good read! Many twists and turns wanting you to read more.

  • Gypsylcm
    2019-05-09 18:41

    A good read

  • Jessica
    2019-05-07 16:27

    Amazing!! Loved it!!

  • Carolyn HOLM
    2019-05-04 22:52

    Wonderful contemporary book - set in the Western District of rural Victoria regarding and old gracious family of early settlement. Loved it Fiona, It has relationships and issues set as circles within circles that interlink, interact and implode. Dealing with families, secrets, difficult and probing problems that each person must face in their own implacable or accepting manner or their beliefs. Read it overnight, sooo tired the next day, but very satisfied with this gem. CJ

  • Emma
    2019-05-23 19:32

    I enjoyed reading this book. Getting a different viewpoint from each of the women in the story showed how secrets kept with the intention of avoiding hurt, caused greater damage with the passing of time and the lies told to hide them. I really loathed the character Harriet and her narcissistic behaviour. I was thankful questions were answered in the end and the characters all showed growth. I felt the end of the story could have spent time again with Georgie and Xara rather than just Harriet but i can see why that wasn't covered all the same.

  • Juanita
    2019-05-02 17:35

    A tad predictable at times, but an enjoyable read anyway.

  • Yvonne
    2019-05-05 20:53

    A family secret and the setting, Victoria's Western District, were the two things that drew me to this novel, in a genre I don't usually read. While the opening chapters didn’t pull me in immediately, I’m glad I persevered as this turned out to be a great family drama with a very satisfactory conclusion.As with all families there is a hierachy within them and the Chirnwells were no different. Not having any sisters, I found it interesting where Harriet, Xara and Georgie thought they belonged in their mother’s affections, how they saw their roles in the family and how they interacted with one another.Harriet, the eldest of the three Chirnwell sisters, was domineering and not very likeable. Now that her father had passed away, the most like him in temperament, she saw herself as the head of the family and was intent on keeping her mother, Edwina, in line and making sure that the rest of the family stayed true to their role as a prominent Western District family.Edwina has other ideas. She no longer wishes to live with the shackles of the past where her life was controlled by her father and husband. So when life gives her a second chance at happiness, she grabs it.While her younger two daughters calmly accept their mother’s choices, it is Harriet who finds it difficult to come to terms with her mother’s decisions and revelations, as well as those of her own daughter, Charlotte. She also has to deal with a scandal that brings to an end the perfect and settled nature of her life. I did feel sorry for Harriet struggling to cope with what was happening around her, but it took this upheaval for her to reassess her life and the people in it.This book was a thought provoking look at family relationships, especially those between mothers and daughters, and how people deal with personal traumas in their lives. I particularly enjoyed how the revelation of a fifty year old secret changed the Chirnwell sisters' perceptions of the mother they thought they knew.Despite the slow start, this book was a wonderful read and I'm happy to recommend it.Thank you to Harlequin Australia via NetGalley for an e-copy of this book to read and review.