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Tears of the Moon

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  913 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
Two inspiring journeys.

Two unforgettable women.

One amazing story.


It's the wild and passionate heyday of the pearling industry, and when young English bride Olivia Hennessy meets the dashing pearling master, Captain Tyndall, their lives are destined to be linked by the mysterious power of the pearl.


Lily Barton embarks on a sear

Kindle Edition, 512 pages
Published (first published May 1st 1996)
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I enjoyed this book for about 3/4 of its length. In fact I ripped through about 400 pages with enthusiasm, because I was totally into the story. I particularly enjoyed the depictions of the late 19th and early 20th century pearling industry and the frontier town of Broome. I think the author handled the issues of Aboriginal identity very well, and she seemed to show both affection and respect for the traditional beliefs and way of life of her Aboriginal characters. This tolerance extended to the ...more
A couple of years ago I went on holidays to the Kimberlies, and stayed for a couple of days in Broome. I went out to Cape Leveque and Beagle Bay, and this part of the world is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I can’t imagine not connecting with a place like this, and feeling that it can somehow change you.

Reading this book brought back memories of my time there, as Di Morrissey has some good descriptions of place, and what it feels like to be there. I appreciated that the most ab
Anna Casanovas
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El mejor modo que se me ocurre para definir "El secreto de la perla" es decir que es una novela clásica, una novela que puede gustar a cualquier buen lector dispuesto a dejarse llevar por una gran historia y que enamorará a cualquiera que busque una gran historia de amor.
"El secreto de la perla" utiliza un recurso muy habitual para entrelazar el presente con el pasado; Lily Burton, la protagonista contemporánea, acaba de perder a su madre y entre sus pertenencias descubre un collar y unas fotog
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and think it would make a great TV mini series. A good mix of history, romance and adventure.
Laurie Obanion
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is maybe the BEST book I have ever read. It is an epic story about several very strong women, a great love, Australia, and Pearls and 2 world wars. It is amazing!
I enjoyed this, although not as much as the other 2 Di Morrissey books I’ve read. At times it dragged a little, and I felt that a little more of the present-day involvement would have helped to break up the story a little. I was also confused about something told in the beginning that was never linked in - although perhaps it was never meant to be, but just to show how dangerous pearling could be. Nevertheless, it still made me feel that the story was a little disconnected.

I hadn’t known much ab
Begins as a contemporary Australian story of Lily Barton, going through her mother's papers and finding an old pearl necklace she recognizes but does not understand the significance of. It takes her to Broome to follow her roots and discover her family's story there. The story then follows the lives of early settler Olivia Hennesey and pearl diver captain John Tyndall through many twists and turns. It explores Broome's pearling heritage, it's multicultural background of Japanese, Malay and Abori ...more
Amy Rose
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved this book so much! I stayed up all night reading it and was so disappointed it had to end. I loved these strong women, their connection to the Aboriginal people, and the story of pearling in Broome. I was so excited when I woke up this morning and realised there is a sequel and I already have a copy in my bookshelf!!! I might be up all night reading again!
Kellie Hunt
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read everyone of Di's books and this is by far my favourite! Having lived in Broome after reading this book, I found Di's portrayal of the pearling town as not too far from the truth. The captivating writing style makes me want to read it all over again!
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. I find it interesting to read about Broome and Darwin's multicultural heritage in the late 1800s. What a page turner - I tend to enjoy this type of historical fiction. I thought it a clever way to tell the story, by Lily's discovery of her past
Elizabeth Harvey
Fantastic, love the historical as well as the romantic aspect of the story
Ruth Chambers
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First published in 1995 but new to me, this is a fascinating book by Australian author De Morrissey set in Broome, Australia, in the late 1800s. It begins in Sydney in 1995 with a mother’s death. Lily thus embarks on a quest to learn about her background, something her mother would never share with her.
The larger part of the story is set in Broome and relates to what Lily learns about her heritage. A book of nearly 500 pages, it is a quick read because the reader is not likely to put it down ver
Kirstie Ibrahim
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this from start to finish. I enjoyed learning about Broome, the Pearling Industry and Australia. Would love to see this as a movie
Jean Nicholson
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned such a lot from this book. The descriptions of the pearling in earlier years, the 'family'sense of teh aboriginal tribe that lived there, the way the mixture of races lived harmoniously made mt think. I didn't know Broome had been attacked in WW11 I have old workmate who discovered her aboriginality and it never made sense of it to me as I thought it was mainly for the economic benefits when her daughter became ill but I think it may be deeper than that now. enjoyed reading the book
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Di Morrissey is one of my favorite authors and this book was just beyond anything I've ever read. An epic story of life and love the spans decades and several generations, it left me in tears and it stayed with me weeks after finishing it. Some parts of it sort of drag on and at some points you think, 'Seriously? Will they EVER get a break?' and sometimes stuff is a bit too unbelievable, but I think it's still one of the best books I've ever read.
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una historia que se cuece a fuego lento, muy cuidada con personajes muy humanos. El final me resultó precipitado.
Christine Riches
This gave a pretty good overview of the pearling industry in Broome and the Dampier Peninsula, definitely worth a read if you are visiting these places. Light, easy read.
Margaret Galbraith
This was an audio book but I really enjoyed it and the background history of the pearlers in Broome. It begins in the present day then takes you in a wonderful journey with Lily trying to find out her past land find out about an unusual necklace she finds as she feels it has a significant connection to her family she never knew as her mother hardly or never mentioned them. What she uncovers is a fascinating life her family led and one she would never ever have dreamed of or imagined before. Very ...more
Karen O'Brien-Hall
Losing your Mother marks the time when you are a woman in your own right; perhaps a time for reflection; a reminder of your own mortality or a time to start a new journey. Going through her deceased Mother’s papers, Lily discovers a string of magnificent pearls with a beautiful, unusual pendant. Among the photos and other memorabilia of her Mother’s life, she also finds a photo of a man in vintage clothes, looking a little like an old fashioned sailing master – but who is he?

Lily puts the pearls
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hey, look, a book I did not buy for a quarter at a used book sale! Instead, this was a hand-me-down from a friend getting rid of books before a move (something which I know absolutely nothing about). The overarching story--a woman goes on a journey to find her past, reads her great-grandmother's diary, and learns more about herself than she though she could--is pretty standard but fairly enjoyable. The downside, however, is that Lily's story of discovery is confined to one hundred pages at the b ...more
May 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Karen Donnellan
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! This is the third book I've read by this author. Again, another book based on research - this time on the pearling town of Broome. I didn't know that Broome was bombed by the Japanese in WWII. Story of a woman going thru a suitcase left by her recently deceased mother, she doesn't know anything of her family history and found a photo of a man with'Broome 1910' on the reverse. She decides to go there to find out more. When she arrives she goes to various places and meets locals, then sh ...more
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading this book, it is about one of my favourite places. It includes a good dose of history of the area, is a bit romantic with a few unexpected turns, and is an easy read. It is a book that makes me smile when I think of it, and will probably re-read when the time is right. But it is not rocket science, just some fun.

I think this would be my favourite Di Morrissey book thus far. Most likely as I could relate to the location and history from the outset, and I was transported back to th
Aug 09, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book that I had ever read where I knew it was crap. I am sorry to the people who liked it. But it was totally unbelievable. How can so many bad things happen to one person? Every person she knew died...totally crazy. I was around 14 when I read it, and I totally remember sitting on my bed as I was finishing the book. When I finished the last page i remember rolling my eyes at how absurd it was.
Di Morrissey swept me back to the turn of the 20th Century in Broome, and details life of settlers in the pearl industry with great detail. This story follows the life of Olivia, who moves to Australia as a newly wed, and watches the trials and tribulations of Olivia and her family over the years in such a way that it brought moments of tears and joy to me as I listened.

The audiobook reader was just perfect for this recording!
Elaine Searle
Hard to rate this novel. The history of Broome is well researched & very interesting, especially as I have visited there recently. Di Morrissey is definitely not a literary writer and the plot is composed of cliches and stereotyped characters, eg, the supposed deceased wife turning up on the day before the wedding of the two main characters. That's been used before!!!!
However, for what it is, a reasonable read if you are interested in Broome or want an undemanding read.
Very long, sweeping historical novel about pearling in early 20th century Australia. Divided between modern times and the early 1900's, this book is flowery, overly-descriptive, and an epic soap opera of sorts. I skimmed a lot of it. Most of the story revolved around Olivia Hennessy and her extreme longing for John Tyndall, an Indiana Jones-esque pearl diver. Drama ensues, including multi-sided love quadrangles, illegitimate children, long-lost reunions, dead-then-alive scenarios and more.
Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Morrissey does an excellent job of framing this book which is mainly set in flashback. The balance between the present main character and the characters of the flashback is done smoothly and without confusion. When I would attempt to write about the past when my main speaker is set in the present I tend to leave the reader wondering about the present. This book connects the two appropriately and successfully.
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Morrissey is at her best as she writes about pearl harvesting based out from Broome. The plot takes interesting twists and turns as the romantic affairs of several characters unfold. The multicultural nature of Broome and the early intervention of caucasians into Australia are captured through the relationships of the characters and the descriptions of places. Well worth reading and rereading.
Debbie Lamb
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terrific history lesson surrounding the pearling industry in the early 1900s. Enjoyed the sweet romance element even if it was a little predictable. The author handled the aboriginal element of the story sensitively and was able to conjure up an atmosphere of Broome that I was able to picture clearly. An enjoyable and enlightening read
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Di Morrissey (born 18 March 1948 in Wingham, New South Wales) is one of Australia's most popular female novelists. She grew up in the remote surrounds of Pittwater, north of Sydney, Australia.

Growing up she counted famous Australian actor Chips Rafferty as a close mentor and friend who helped provide for her and her mother after the death of her father as a child, sending them overseas to Californ
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