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Home Fires

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  327 ratings  ·  93 reviews
From the bestselling Australian author of Daughter of Mine and Birthright. When a lethal bushfire tore through Myrtle, nestled in Victoria's breathtaking Otway Ranges, the town's buildings - and the lives of its residents - were left as smouldering ash. For three women in particular, the fire fractured their lives and their relationships.

Eighteen months later, with the flu
Paperback, 487 pages
Published February 18th 2019 by Harlequin Enterprises (Australia) Pty Ltd
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On the 7th February 2009 known as Black Saturday is a date that many of us will never forget. Sadly, this is the day 173 people lost their lives to the horrific bush fires that tore through the small country town of Myrtle in Victoria.

Eighteen months later, after the fires people are still trying to rebuild not only their homes, but they are trying to rebuild a community whilst still grieving for their loved ones. The impact it has on everyone is unimaginable and yet somehow they get together a
Veronica ⭐️
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The residents of Myrtle, a small country town cocooned by the forest of Victoria’s Otway Ranges, are still feeling the effects of a fire that destroyed the town almost two years earlier.

A group of women that had formed a craft group decide to take action to put Myrtle back on the map and attract tourists to the town.

Claire is back home after living in large cities and has been with Matt for 3 years.
Sophie, married to Josh, moved to the country for a bette
Eighteen months after the horrific bushfire that claimed many lives and ravaged most of the small township of Myrtle in country Victoria, inhabitants were struggling. Some buildings and homes had been rebuilt, but the town was lacking in many things. And mostly it was tourists. The money was no longer flowing in the town and Julie, who was known for her strength and determination, formed a small craft group with the intention of planning events to draw people back to Myrtle. She invited Sophie, ...more
Mandy White
Home Fires by Fiona Lowe is a book that had me captivated. Living in Australia all of my life summer invariably means bushfires. This beautiful country that we call home can be harsh and this book hit very close to home. I don't live in an area that has ever come under threat but seeing it happen around the country reading this story of grief, rebuilding, devastation and so much more was emotional. It about so much more than just the fires - it is what those fires leave behind - and take away.

Jennifer (JC-S)
‘A day no one wanted to remember. A day no one could forget.’

Eighteen months ago, the town of Myrtle in Victoria’s Otway ranges was devastated by bushfire. Lives were lost. Buildings and livelihoods destroyed. As the story opens in the present, the town is gathering for the opening of a sixth new building. On the surface, the town is recovering. But is it really? Behind the new public buildings, many are struggling to rebuild their homes. Some are spending their second winter living in caravans
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
It has been way to long since I have read an Australian contemporary novel. I always enjoy them, but Home Fires was a cut above the others!

The story is set in Victoria, Australia in a town named Myrtle. Myrtle was devastated by a bushfire two years prior and the town is still feeling the aftermath. Especially three couples, with some very serious problems. Home fires explores what happens to families after such devastation, and explores some intense issues such as PTSD and domestic violence.

May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fiona Lowe’s stories just get better with everyone she writes, the last two that I have read of hers Daughter of Mine and Birthright blew me away and this one has as well, I am sitting here trying to write this review and make sure I do justice to this amazing story, MS Lowe has taken me to the small town of Myrtle and the wonderful people that live there and what happens after a bushfire two years before destroys the town and plays havoc with their emotions, if you have never read a Fiona Lowe ...more
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

Home Fires by Fiona Lowe. (2019).

After a lethal bushfire tore through the little town of Myrtle, Victoria, the town was destroyed. For three of the women, the fire fractured their lives as well as their relationships. 18 months later the town is being restored, but are the new buildings enough? Community stalwart Julie brings together a few women as part of a craft group to help repair the town. But the scar tissue of trauma runs deep
Sharon Metcalf
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Summer is a time most Aussies love.   Getting out in the sun, trips to the beach, the  long Christmas holiday break for students.   Yet Summer in Australia is not without its dangers.       High on the list of dangers is the very real threat of bushfires.    These fires are a dreadful force of nature known to claim lives,  properties and devastate communities.      Home Fires by Fiona Lowe is set in the fictional town of Myrtle and immerses readers in the tragedy that follows a natural disaster. ...more
Jeanette Lewis
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: aussie-authors
The backdrop to this story is the small town of Myrtle that has been destroyed by bushfire and it's here where the author brings to light the many characters of the town. At times it becomes bogged down as there are far too many characters all of which are extended further by revealing comprehensive details of their lives.

The main male characters are domineering chauvinists which for this reader as an advocate of women's rights became increasingly intolerable. The mothers aren't much better, Be
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
4.5 stars
‘The police station’s on fire. The health centre’s a pile of rubble, blown apart by an exploding gas cylinder. Houses are ablaze. A charred kangaroo limps past. Dead birds lie on the road where they’ve fallen from the sky, killed by the radiant heat.’

Bushfires, they are an almost permanent fixture across our states and nation, especially in our warmer months. Bestselling author Fiona Lowe tackles this devastating fact of Australian life within the c
Lynne Stringer
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, drama
Although I think this book was well-written and well-crafted, it's not the best book to read if you don't handle trauma well or suffer from depression. In fact, the book includes websites where you can get help both if you've suffered from anything in the book or if reading the book itself has raised issues for you.
Home Fires mainly covers three different couples as they and their families recover from a devastating bushfire that destroyed their town and their lives. It has placed significant st
Theresa Smith
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: aww2019
This is the first novel by Fiona Lowe that I’ve read, although I have eyed off her previous two (Daughter of Mine and Birthright) on more than one occasion. I’m not a big reader of contemporary fiction though, and these novels are thick, really thick, so I never ended up committing to one. I did really like the sound of Home Fires though, the focus on a community recovering from a devastating bushfire appealing to my current interests for contemporary reading. It was a case of the right book arr ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm usually a thriller girl through and through, but when I'm on holidays I often crave a lighter, feel-good read. Lucky for me, HQ Fiction came to the rescue with this bookmail just before our last trip, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it whilst lying on a tropical island beach!

Home Fires tells the story of three women from a small community in Victoria's Otway ranges in the aftermath of a devastating bush fire that cost many lives and properties. 18 months later, the townsfolk are still strug
Amelia Strydom
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book really put me through the emotional wringer. I expected it to be an intense reading experience, and a little/lot too close to home since the devastating January fire that raged for 10 days after someone illegally shot a flare into the fynbos on New Year's eve. It eventually destroyed 14500 ha of beautiful nature and 41 homes in our little seaside town, and cost 2 lives. My family was lucky, although we did experience a very traumatic event. You'd think I'd be allergic to books about wi ...more
I am still dabbing my eyes and swallowing the back taste of smoke as I finish Home Fires by Fiona Lowe. As I read into the book I just couldn't put it down,  I was drawn into the lives of the people of Myrtle in Victoria, Australia.We all watch devastating events happening most nights as they play out on our TV screens. As I read this book I am hearing about a fire devastate a town in my own country.  Home Fires explores the terrible destruction of fire that can spring up and engulf a community. ...more
Debbie Caswell
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an extremely poignant story probable more so bee australian and seeing the devastation of bushfire in our sunburnt country just about every year We all read about the devastation of entire towns and we have all tried to do our part to help but this story really brings to you the devastation that is caused to the towns themselves.

The story is told in alternating chapters set before the fire and after the fire and is focused around three main characters Claire the local nurse practitioner
Thanks to Tracey at Carpe Librum - for hosting a birthday giveaway on her blog earlier this year in which I won this book!

I was initially slightly daunted by the size (just under 500 pages, if you exclude the Birthright excerpt at the end, but it looked bigger!), but it was a really enjoyable read. Fiona Lowe has some great descriptive writing that evokes the Australian bush and rural towns so well.

The plot was a clever one, following several threads at once, but it w
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a great read. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was - it will stick with me for a while! Highly recommend!
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Fiona Lowe's latest novel explores the aftermath of a devastating bushfire that destroys the town of Myrtle in Victoria's Otway Ranges - perhaps modelled on the small inland town of Beech Forest, as both are named after local trees. Rather than being a story about the fire itself, Home Fires begins eighteen months later and the title soon becomes a dark pun. As the author explains,

"For many Australians, bushfires are a part of life, but we often only hear about the immediate aftermath of the fir
Monica Mac
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At a time when most of my State seemed to have been on fire for the past month or so, I thought that this book would be quite a relevant read. I was lucky enough not to be in the path of any of the fires, but my heart went out to those who were directly affected.

This story is about Myrtle, a small country town in Victoria which has been affected by bushfires. It is really a story about rural communities and how they cope with the after-effects of a fire, both physically but especially psychologi
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lowe-fiona
An absolute gem of a book from Fiona Lowe. I am still too consumed by the story to be able to give a proper review. The pain, heartache and devastation of a bushfire...the treasure of friendship...the hope of small town life and love. All I can say is that I haven't able to put this book down since I started...every spare minute of my time has gone into the story. I thoroughly recommend this book but be prepared to not want to leave it! Thank you Fiona Lowe, another favourite for me!
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Very hard to put down. A wonderful storyline of people pulling together in times of crisis, putting others needs/wants before their own. Very fitting at this time with fires raging in Country Victoria as well as NSW. Highly recommend. Well done Fiona Lowe.
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my most favourite reads this year.
Julie Garner
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, arc
I received an advanced reading copy of this book.
I read this book in one sitting and suffered the consequences of lack of sleep. I literally struggled to put it down it was so good.
Set down my way on the coast, 18 months after a fire has been through the town and destroyed lives, families and homes, 3 women start to put together what happened as they work to re-build their homes and their families.
Secrets abound in this small town, before, during and after the fire. At it's essence this book is
Kim (
From the bestselling Australian author of Daughter of Mine and Birthright. When a lethal bushfire tore through Myrtle, nestled in Victoria's breathtaking Otway Ranges, the town's buildings - and the lives of its residents - were left as smoldering ash. For three women in particular, the fire fractured their lives and their relationships.

Eighteen months later, with the flurry of national attention long past, Myrtle stands restored, shiny and new. But is the outside polish just a veneer? Community
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think this is the first review I’ve ever written and the first of Fiona Lowe’s books I’ve read!
Absolutely loved this book, felt that I really got to know (& love) the characters - so much so that I found myself thinking of them when I wasn’t reading.
Having travelled in the region, loved the references to Apollo Bay, Twelve Apostles etc.
Truly couldn’t put this down & can’t wait to read more from Fiona Lowe!
Angelique Simonsen
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good outback drama about a group of woman and how their lives are affected by a bushfire destroying their town and killing members of the community. Not bad but the bit about the Cannabis crop does seem a bit ott. If it had have been meth I would have found it easier to understand the attitudes of the characters
Courtney Matthews
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Home Fires really hit home for me. I started reading an ARC of this book, for which I am truly grateful, on the tenth anniversary of Victoria’s devastating Black Saturday fires. I am eternally grateful not to have been affected by those horrific events but nonetheless very mindful of having dodged a bullet as I live in a fire prone area.
Back to this book, which is superbly written and delivers a really powerful and emotional look at how fire can devastate lives and reshape people’s lives. As I
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Multi published, Fiona is very excited about her 2020 release, JUST AN ORDINARY FAMILY (out now), a novel about family and friendship, betrayal, sacrifice and love. Previously published with Berkley and currently with Harper Collins Australia, (HQ Fiction) Fiona's been the recipient of a RITA and a RuBY award. Families and communities intrigue her and she loves creating characters you could meet o ...more

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