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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
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Paperback, 487 pages
Published February 18th 2019 by Harlequin Enterprises (Australia) Pty Ltd
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Brenda
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.

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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
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Julie Garner
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, fiction
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
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marlin1
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, my first of Fiona Lowe’s although I have known about her books for a while.
Myrtle is a small town set in the Otway Ranges but it is now a fractured community, as it tries to rebuild it’s self after a devastating bush fire destroyed the town, taking many lives.
Set mostly in the present day, two years after the fire it follows stalwart community member Julie, local nurse practitioner Claire, Bec (who has has resented Claire since high school), Sophie who moved to Myrtle six week
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Talking Books
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Review copy received from Harlequin MIRA via Netgalley
Kim
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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
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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
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Shelagh
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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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
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Janine
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great Womens Fiction book by Fiona Lowe. This took me a little while to get into but once I did it was hard to put down. A very topical book at the moment as we have just celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires here in Victoria. After the devastating loss of most of the town from the fires, 18 months on the residents are trying to pick up the pieces of their lives and go on. We meet Julie who is determined to get some community spirit happening and encourages Bec, ...more
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Jan 22, 2019
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Copy received via Netgalley for an honest review

This was my first Fiona Lowe read, however it won't be my last.

I was captivated by this story. I live in a small town, I am a volunteer firefighter, so I have seen the aftermath of bushfires over the years, and the toll that it can take on people's lives.

Ms Lowe has captured this wonderfully. She has captured the town spirit that comes out after these catastrophic events, the way people come together to bring their home back to life.

It was a very e
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Printed Pages and Coffee
The first think you need to know is that I rated this two stars NOT because it was bad, but because it just wasn't for me overall. The writing is good, the story is good, the characters are good! This is solely a personal taste thing. This is very much worth reading if you are a fan of contemporary and/or Australian fiction! I will say that it was pretty great reading certain scenes which are really familiar, having grown up in Australia and New Zealand, that I haven't often seen in other books. ...more
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Multi published, Fiona is very excited about her upcoming release, HOME FIRES (Feb 18th 2019), a novel about a community recovering from a bushfire that razed their town. But is the fire the worst thing that could happen to them? 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 communitie ...more
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