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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  485 ratings  ·  50 reviews
When Sarah Murphy returns to Australia she desperately needs a break from her high-powered London life. And though mystified by her grandmother's dying wish for her ashes to be scattered under 'the wishing tree' on the banks of the Negallan River, she sets out to do just that.
While searching for the wishing tree, Sarah stays in the small township of Negallan. It's there th
Paperback, 328 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Allen & Unwin Australia (first published April 26th 2012)
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Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
For the last ten years, Sarah Murphy has been working extremely hard as an account executive at BrandI & McBride a leading London based advertising agency. Sarah loves all aspects of her job from insane deadlines to the long hours. Six months ago
Sarah's Gran passed away and it wasn't until then that, Sarah realised just how little she had seen her Gran. Life had been passing her by far too quickly and after finding, Giles the man she had been seeing for the last few years in bed with another wo
Sarah Murphy had spent the last ten years of her life living and working in London. She was a high-powered executive living on adrenalin and the thrill of the job. But when her beloved Gran passed away in Sydney, she was filled with remorse, realizing she had seen very little of her; her career had been all she could concentrate on, to the detriment of her family.

The night she returned home from work early to find Giles, the man she had been seeing for two years, and living with for one, in the
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
MORGAN’S LAW by Karly Lane is a contemporary romance set in rural Australia. UK based successful Sarah Murphy is honor bound to complete her beloved grandmothers last request. That journey back to the farm and ranch lands of modern day Australia uncovers long buried secrets, loves and family conflicts that fuel new conflicts and . . . yes, new love. Ms. Lane builds a compelling narrative complete with lively characters that capture the reader and transport them to the small farming community of ...more
Lauren K
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Six months after the death of her grandmother, Sarah returns to Australia from London to fulfil her last wishes of her ashes being scattered under the ‘wishing tree’ in her hometown, Negallan. Sarah is a high-achieving, successful career-woman who feels completely out of her depths in this sleepy, close-knit town where she sorely stands out- and not just because she drives a BMW!

Sarah befriends the local bartender Tash and catches the eye of Adam Buchanan; the hunky local cowboy who is
Morgan's Law is a lovely romantic suspense story about a young woman fulfilling her grandmother's final wish. After finding her boyfriend in bed with someone else, Sarah Murphy decided to came back to Australia to meet her grandmother's last request to be buried under a tree in a small rural community of Negallan. Sarah thought that it would be easy to fulfil grandmothers request. However, this was not the case, and Sarah got more then she bargained for when coming to Negallan. The readers of Mo ...more
Rachael Johns
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love this! My kind of book - a little bit of romance and a little bit of mystery, all in a gorgeous country setting :)
4.5 ★s
Well written, thoroughly enjoyable Aussie rural romance, but with meaningful sub plots.
A great holiday read.
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
An easy to read rural romance with a bit of a mystery thrown in.
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Karly Lane's debut novel, North Star was nominated as a People's Choice finalist by the Australian Romance Readers Association and chosen as one of the fifty books for Australia's annual Get Reading Campaign in 2011. As a writer of the increasingly popular genre affectionately known as 'chook lit' Morgan's Law, Lane's second book, is sure to be greeted with deserved enthusiasm.

Morgan's Law is a story of self discovery, family roots, romance, mystery and rural life. Sarah Murphy can't imagine wh
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable and easy read mixed with mystery that kept me turning the pages until the end. Rural suicide is a big issue in our country. So, very appropriate that it was one of the themes in this book.
Nicki Jeffery
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this work of Australian fiction. Intriguing. Well written and pieced together.
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recently, I've became a rural fiction/romance fan. And Karly Lane is an author that kept popping up in my reading circles. I knew I had to try one of her novels- and I'm delighted to report that I have!

Sarah Murphy has been living in London for the past ten years. However, when her beloved grandmother passed away, Sarah was sent on a mission. To travel to the small county town of Negallan, to scatter her grandmother's ashes underneath the 'wishing tree'.

Upon arrival, Sarah is shocked to discov
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
For the past decade, Sarah Murphy has been building a life for her in advertising in London. After the death of her Gran, she is left a note asking her to scatter her ashes under the wishing tree in Negallen. With only a hand drawn map, Sarah embarks on a journey to do exactly that.

Her arrival turns the town upside down, especially for the Morgan family.

This was a great, fun story. Sarah was a likeable character. The twists and turns of her discoveries were entertaining and unpredictable.

Bree T
Sarah Murphy has returned to Australia in order to fulfill the wishes of her late and beloved grandmother, who wishes her ashes to be scattered under the ‘Wishing tree’ in a tiny town called Negallan, along the Negallan River. So Sarah flies back to Sydney from London, hires a car and sets out driving up to Negallen.

Upon arriving into town, it becomes obvious that this isn’t going to be quite as easy as she had first assumed. Her visions of driving into town, finding the tree and scattering the
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lane-karly
I am enjoying catching up with a couple of Karly's earlier books. ...more
Angela Wright
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just a nice easy read. Does draw attention to some good rural issues that need addressing to!
67% dnf
Predictable, repetitive, insta lust. I'm bored. I don't care.
Sarah Molineaux
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it and couldn't put it down. ...more
Tracey Charlton
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great read, Karly creates characters we can relate to and places many of us would like to check out.
Terri  Thetford
I loved this book! Sarah left her high paying, stressful job in London to go to a small town in Australia to fulfill her grandmother's last request. What happens from there holds many surprises as she unravels her grandmother's story. Read it in 2 sittings. Hard to put down. ...more
Paula  Phillips
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Six months ago , Sarah Murphy was living the high-life in London when she received a phone call that her Grandmother had passed away. Trudging back home to Sydney, Sarah goes to pick up her Grandmother's ashes -attached to the ashes is a note to Sarah of where the ashes are to be scattered. At the "Wishing Tree" in Negallan - a small rural town out in the wop-wops. Respecting her Grandmother's wishes, Sarah heads to Negallan expecting only to be a couple of days but as soon as she arrives - she ...more
Dale Harcombe
Apr 21, 2013 rated it liked it
three and a half stars.Sarah returns to Australia and ends up in the farming town of Negallan to fulfil the wishes of her dead grandmother and scatter her ashes under the wishing tree. It is not as easy as it sounds. Firstly she encounters car trouble getting there and needs to be rescued. Then when she does arrive, the hotel is not all she expected. To make matters worse no-one seems to have heard of her grandmother or any family by her name.
So there is mystery and crime, friendship as well as
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am so loving Karly's books and Morgan's Law is just another great book, Sarah returns back to where Grandmother was brought up at her request to have her ashes spread somewhere that holds a special place in her heart.

When Sarah asks around about her grandmother's family the Jones's no one has ever heard of them what is the mystery behind this who was her grandmother? When things start to unfold the family that she never new of some don't want the past to be dug up all Sarah wants to do is find
Sarah Murphy takes a trip to rural Australia to bury her grandmother's ashes and finds herself on an unexpected odyssey into the past, with a cast of characters that couldn't be further from the high-powered people she works with in London. The book itself is an easy read, with a central mystery to be solved (which wasn't quite) and the portrayal of relationships both past and present, but I disliked Sarah more and more as the book progressed when she decided to abandon the precious relationship ...more
Moon Love
Mar 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mar-yc-aussie
I love the idea behind this story. Coming "home" to lay her beloved Grandmother to rest, Sarah learns that she really didn't know her grandmother. No one knows of the Jones family and it isn't until she starts showing pictures that she learns anything.

I really liked this book. There were one or two things I wish had been dealt with better in the book. There was all this mystery surrounding her grandmother's disappearance and the identity of her grandfather. Part of it was handled well and the ot
Kerri Williams
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am not a rural romance reader, don't judge me!
Yet this author always has me giggle and freak out for the characters. I felt for the community that struggled in the downturn of a cotton industry and farming and felt right at home beside her hero who I have to say makes me drool just a little bit.
Karly takes a city girl who would never imagine life without decent coffee, expensive cars and beautiful clothes fall for cowboy hats, boots, steak and potato and the look of a man who doesn't use moist
Greg Barron
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the second book by Karly Lane I have read, and I have to say that I really liked the first but this one is even better. It starts quietly, but builds in intensity, with characters I genuinely liked getting themselves involved in life-like convolutions. The author's genuine love of people, small towns and rural Australia shines through in this book. No trace of cynicism or cringe here. I recommend Morgan's Law to everyone, no matter what genre you usually read. ...more
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
I really enjoyed this. Small town, a little mystery and some romance.
The mystery throughout kept me turning the pages.
Why did her Gran make her come back to this little town?.
What was the history her Gran has kept from her all her life?
The small town life and its struggles and Sarah learning what she really wanted from life kept me going with this book.
I would recommend this to anyone.
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Despite the somewhat cliched storyline, this was a heartwarming story. The central characters were likable and the ending avoided wrapping things up too neatly. Karly writes about country towns from an inside point of view and, apart from some stereotypical descriptions of dusty boots, jeans and work toughened hands her characters and situations have a ring of truth about them. This is not my usual genre but I enjoyed it and even had a few tears towards the end.
Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it
I really liked the portrayal of an Australian farming community that was struggling to survive. I felt connected to the main characters in the story. I did feel though that the "secrets" that formed the premise for the book where just a bit unconvincing, and where dragged on a bit. I did like that the leading lady did not toss over her successful career overseas at the drop of a hat, but I was glad for her that she had her happy ending. ...more
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Karly Lane lives on the beautiful Mid North Coast of NSW in Australia. A certified small town girl, she is most happy in a little town where everyone knows who your grand parents were. She writes women’s fiction – everything from romantic suspense to family sagas and life in rural Australia. She has romantic suspense titles published under Karlene Blakemore-Mowle and her latest release, Third Time ...more

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