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A novel of secrets, mateship and betrayal, set against a dramatic backdrop of wartime Australia - a sweeping saga that will be enjoyed by readers who crave action and adventure with a little bit of spice.

When Mike Whalen revisits his former commando training grounds at rugged, beautiful Wilsons Promontory, he's shocked by a chance meeting with the granddaughter of his glam
Paperback, 344 pages
Published August 1st 2014 by Allen & Unwin
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Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
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The Turning Tide is a sweeping saga, crossing rural Australia, through to the Timor and the Pacific. It is the powerful life story of Mike Whalen, a young man who hails from the pearling town of Broome and later becomes a commando in the Pacific during World War.

Mike’s compelling story is told via two timelines, it follows his time as a commando, firstly in training at the picturesque Wilsons Promontory, through to his harrowing time serving in the Pacific, namely in Timor. It also loo

Living in Broome in WA as a child of the 30s was a great experience for Mike Whalen; his parents Danny and Lucy owned the lugger-building business in Broome; boats for pearl-shell fishing. Mike had moved across the country and was attending the University in Melbourne – he stayed with family friends in the semester breaks, the O’Briens, helping out on their farm at a little coastal town called Foster near Wilsons Promontory.

When the Second World War began Mike, on the advice of his father,
Dale Harcombe
Aug 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars. Books about war are not among my favourite genre, but I quite enjoyed this novel, because of the complex characters. Some of the war bits I found hard to read and I admit to skimming those a bit. What I did like was how this story shows the lingering effects of war on the psyche of those who have been involved and also how people sometimes respond to the truth of a situation. It is a story that covers love and lost love as well as secrets kept. These secrets are mostly to ...more
Aug 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Thank you Allen & Unwin for a free copy of this book via Goodreads.

The Turning Tide is a lovely story about a war veteran and lost love. It was such a sweet read and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The relationships were complex and exciting to read about. And even though there seemed to be a fair few, each one felt as real as the other. I found myself waiting with anticipation for Mike to meet up with Helen, and I was not disappointed with how their story ended.

While the romantic aspect was one
John Reid
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
At the outset, I must say The Turning Tide is a thoroughly enjoyable book! I found it hard to put down, reading it in just two evenings.

This is a love story, one suited as much to the male reader as to the female. It contains many elements, tenderness, savagery, soft longings, harsh realities, care, hate, trust and betrayal, all set against a backdrop of tides: tidal Broome, Wilsons Promontory’s Tidal River, the varying tides of life and times, the turning tide of World War Two and the constant
Heather Morrison
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Set in Australia, Timor and Japan both during and after WW2, and with flashes forward to the 1980s, it follows the life of engineer and commando Mike Whalen and his friends and family.

Lance has a true talent for researching these little-known parts of Australian history and bringing them to life. I had no idea that Wilsons Promontory had been used for commando training, or how badly we had treated the Timorese in WW2.

There was one scene in the book that still hau
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this story and characters mainly based around the WWII campaign in Timor. I love it when a story makes me experience a range of emotions throughout the story. It is a story on the horror of war and its aftermath, mateship, complicated families, love and ultimately hope. The story jumps time periods several times per chapter, sometimes throwing me off the flow of the story, but was only a minor complaint.
Greg Barron
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It took me about two pages to fall in love with this beautiful Australian book. The writing reminded me strongly of George Johnston in My Brother Jack. It had the same sweet-sad narration, heavy with regret but also a sense of wonder and joy. Best of all, it was a pleasure to read, and I fell easily into the pages each time I picked it up.
Debra Haverkamp
Loved this book. Found it extremely interesting regarding details about what happened in Timor in WW2. Entertaining throughout. Tells the story of a young man (Mike) serving his country and what happens in the past and then in the future as he tells it though his eyes. Moving forward 40-50 years he meets up with past friends and makes new ones. Both past and future are brought together with a story line that keeps you wondering what comes next. Looking forward to the next book written by C M Lan ...more
Robyn Coyle
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting read - started slow but soon got into the story and was very enjoyable
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CM (Kate) Lance grew up near Lake Macquarie, Australia. Her history of the charmed life of an old pearling lugger, Redbill: From Pearls to Peace, won the Western Australian Premier's Book Award for Non-Fiction 2004. In 2009 her second book, Alan Villiers: Voyager of the Winds, won the Mountbatten Maritime Award for Best Literary Contribution. The novel, The Turning Tide, was published in 2014 und ...more

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