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Heart of the Cross

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  182 ratings  ·  63 reviews
From Ireland to Kings Cross, a legacy of loss and hope echoes across the generations ...

Tinahely, Ireland, 1959 Rosie Hart is content leaving her home behind to follow her new husband to Australia. But she soon discovers there is no room for her or their young son in the life he has built in vibrant Kings Cross. As their marriage crumbles, Rosie will need to fight for the
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Published September 1st 2019 by Mira Books
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Three years after Rosie Hart had married Tom Fuller, she left Ireland for Sydney, Australia with their two-year-old son Jimmy. Young and naïve, Rosie was excited to be seeing Tom again. She knew his letters had lessened in the past few months, but she wanted Jimmy to know his dad. But Kings Cross in 1959 wasn’t something Rosie was prepared for, and the fact that Tom had changed and seemed not to want them there meant the marriage was doomed. Rosie had made some good friends, and she and Jimmy gr ...more
Mandy White
What a wonderful, heartwarming book. This is the first book I have read by Emily Madden, being new to this genre this year. I am so happy that I decided to branch out this year otherwise I would never have discovered this gem. I love books set in my hometown of Sydney and this book was so descriptive I felt like I was there. Sydney in the 1950's certainly was a very different place and I loved being transported back there with every page. This would make a lovely movie or mini series.

The Heart o
Dale Harcombe
Three and a half stars.
The story starts in Tinahely Ireland back in 1955 when Rosie Hart meets Tom Fuller. Rosie had no idea at that point how this man would change her life. The focus then shifts to 2017 and Brianna, a photographer. Brianna is in Japan where she has been for a while, when she receives news that her grandmother, who raised her has died. Brianna flies back to Sydney for the funeral. Once there, she finds out a lot of things about her grandmother that she never knew. This happens
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
“If only Rosie could have known on that stifling summer day just how much the Cross would change, and in turn, how much it would change her.”

Australian author Emily Madden is an author that goes that one stretch further with each novel she releases, and her latest, Heart of the Cross, is enthralling. I was impressed by Madden’s ability to seamlessly weave all the different threads of this inter-generational family saga, as the lives of three different women,
❀ Sarah ❀
A wonderful historical fiction following three generations of the Hart family in Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia.


“This was the dark heart of Sydney. Where people were drawn to the neon lights like moths to a flame – pulled into a web of the after-dark world … every wild ride you can think of, everything you want to indulge in is here.”


In the 1950’s, Rosie and her toddler Jimmy travel from Ireland and arrive at Kings Cross to join her husband and Jimmy’s father Tom. After years of living apart
Gloria Arthur
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heart of the Cross by Emily Madden

A family saga of three generations of strong women

Rosie Hart is from Tinahely Ireland, it’s March 1955 and she is an apprentice dressmaker. She meets an English
man called Tom Fuller and falls in love with him. When Rosie becomes pregnant Tom marries her.

Rosie immigrates to Australia in 1959 with Jimmy her young son to to join her husband and settle in Kings Cross. Her husband Tom has been working there for the last few years and building a new life for them.

Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

**4.5 stars**

Heart of the Cross by Emily Madden. (2019).

It's 1959 and Rosie is leaving her home in Ireland for Australia to be with her husband. She soon discovers their is no room for her or their young son in her husband's life in Kings Cross. As their marriage crumbles, Rosie will need to fight for her son's future...
It's 1984 and Rosie is determined her daughter Maggie will follow a successful path. But Maggie has her own plans...
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emily Madden your stories are amazing and beautiful, I loved how you bought three woman to life, how strongly I felt the emotions flowing through them all, the lives they lived the things that happened to them and above all else the strength and courage Rosie, Maggie and Brie show. This is a must read set in three timelines that starts in Ireland and ends in Kings Cross Australia, I loved it.

Rosie Hart is mother to young Jimmy, her husband has already been in Australia setting up a home for her
Kylie H
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a great story covering three generations of the Hart family. It starts with Rosaleen, later known as 'Rosie' a young Irish woman who migrates to Australia in the mid-sixties with her small son to join her English husband. After an extended period apart Rosie discovers that her Tom is not the man that she thought she had married. However, her fellow residents of King's Cross soon rally and make her feel welcome.
The story transitions between this time in Rosie's life and a more contempora
Veronica ⭐️
Heart of the Cross is a heartfelt story of love, tragedy and loss told across three generations of Hart women. This multiple time line novel will have you cheering for these three strong women.

Rosie falls head over heels for Tom Fuller. When she falls pregnant Tom marries her and moves to Australia to set up a new life for them. When Rosie and their son move from Ireland to Australia to join him, Tom is a changed man and Rosie knows no-one.
The story follo
Karren  Sandercock
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley, Harlequin Australia for giving me the opportunity to read Emily Madden's new book: The Heart Of The Cross.

Ireland, 1959 Rosie Hart leaves Tinahely to emigrate to Australia with her young son Jimmy and to be reunited with her husband Tom Fuller.
She and Tom meet in Ireland, they fall in love, Rosie soon discovers she's pregnant and they quickly marry. Tom has grand plans to move to Australia, he left pregnant Rosie behind in Ireland while he moves to Australia to work and save
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All the stars for Heart of The Cross by Emily Madden!

I absolutely loved unraveling the mystery, secrets and regrets that surrounded three generations of the Hart family through the perspectives of three fascinating women - each with their own intriguing story of love, guilt, tragedy and heartache. I was hooked from the very beginning, the novel had great pacing, flowed smoothly and it was very hard to put down... so I didn’t! I stayed up till 3am in the morning to binge on Heart of The Cross an
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘Let me tell you something, and mark my words. The Cross, it’s like nowhere else in Australia.’

Tinehaly, Ireland, 1955. Rosie Hart meets Tom Fuller. She becomes pregnant, they quickly marry. Tom had always planned to leave for Australia: the plan was that he’d send money to Rosie so that she and their baby could join him. In 1959, Rosie and her son Jimmy travel to Australia to join Tom. Rosie quickly discovers that Tom’s life in Kings Cross has no space for her or for Jimmy. In the 1950s Kings C
✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
Copy received via Netgalley for an honest review

Across decades, across generations, across continents, Emily Madden has given us another beautiful story of love, lies and the truths that come out long after we are gone.

I love the setting of the melting pot that is Kings Cross. Growing up in Sydney, yes, the Cross does have a reputation, however it is a wonderful place too.

Told from Rosie, Maggie and Brie's POV over a 50 year period, I was swept away with their lives, their loves, their losses.

Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Feathers are brave—they go where the wind takes them. Feathers are patient—they arrive at their destination, fall to the ground and wait. And they’re strong—just like the Hart women.’

Heart of the Cross is wonderful historical fiction by Aussie author Emily Madden and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Once again, I found her writing to be rich and engaging with this novel firmly cementing her as a ‘go to’ or ‘must read’ author. On this occasion, we have three timelines, with three women - Rose, Maggie an
Wow! some heartbreaking twists and some interesting cameos, and a beautiful story that had me captivated

Full review posted at:

Heart of the Cross is the latest offering of Australian author Emily Madden and it’s one I have been looking forward to ever since my first glimpse at the cover, months ago. I loved her previous novels and in my opinion her writing just gets better.

Already, I’m behind with my reviews and it’s been a while, and 2 more books, since
Stef (Noveltea Corner)
(I received a copy of Heart of the Cross from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

A story set across generations, Emily Madden has woven a story of a family of women who's lives have been changed by the past - even if some of them never know why.

Heart of the Cross is a story told from the perspective of three generations of women from the same family - Rosie, a young women immigrating from Ireland to Australia, her daughter - Maggie - who
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book that I couldn’t put down. Luckily it was a long weekend.
Anna Loder
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. I loved being in kings cross in the 50s and 80s. I loved that it wasn’t cliched. I loved the 3 storylines. Not one was my favourite. I loved the way the characters were portrayed, real people rather than two dimensional. I loved the themes that were explored. It was a great read and I’m so glad I have found Emily Madden
Heart of the Cross is the second historical fiction novel from Australian author, Emily Madden. I fell in love with The Lost Pearl, Madden’s first book, so I was eagerly looking forward to her latest. Heart of the Cross is a saga of three generations of Hart women; Rosie Hart, her daughter, Maggie, and Brianna, Rosie’s granddaughter and Maggie’s daughter. Told in the third person, the chapters alternate between Rosie and Brianna, with Maggie joining the party later on in the book. Madden uses th ...more
This was such an enjoyable novel. Set through the years from the 1950s where we meet Rosie, then in 1984 when we meet Rosie again along with her daughter Maggie, then to Brie's journey in 2017. We slowly uncover the life of Rosie, who immigrated from Ireland hoping for a good life with her husband, and who ends up in King's Cross with a small child and a man she no longer recognises.

The three timelines were all very different, and I loved the way Emily Madden was able to weave them all together
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this story and the web of lives surrounding this book. I did an all nighter as I couldn’t put it down (and didn’t want this to end).
The characters were alive in my mind and all ends were tied up for me. Definitely worth 5 stars.
Caroline Gooden
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Have never read any of Emily Madden's books before, and am so pleased I have found her. The story takes us on Rosie's journey and how she made her struggling life into something. It tells of her life in Ireland and how she followed her husband over to Australia with their young son. We read about her struggles in King's Cross and the caring people that befriended her and helped her over the years. Heart of The Cross, also deals with the struggles of family violence in a most respectful way. I re ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!!!! Emily Madden has done it again with this amazing story about love, lost, family and second chances. I absolutely loved reading this book, I couldn't put it down. I just had to keep reading until I found out what happened.
Lynette Williams
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
a real page turner --keeps you reading until the last word
Kate thebooklover
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heart of the Cross is a story that spans over decades, about three generations of very strong women, a mother, a daughter & a granddaughter, their relationships with each other, hidden secrets, love, heart ache and discovering their true self.

Throughout the book we follow the different stages through the eyes of each woman as they tell their own story.

The story begins in Tinahely Ireland in 1959. Rosie Hart leaves for Australia with her son Jimmy to meet up with her husband who’d already immig
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing, complex and utterly wonderful book this has been. Heart of the Cross is multi-layered, telling the story of an amazing woman, Rosie Hart, who emigrated to Australia in the 1950’s to join her husband and raise their son in a new land only to discover that her dreams were merely illusions. I loved Rosie’s strength, her kindness, her dedication and her sense of purpose, but most of all I loved that Rosie picked herself up again and again when truly dreadful things happened to her a ...more
Katie Clews
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars !!! Loved this sweeping tale of three generations of women . Fabulous writing !! Loved it
Bree T
Emily Madden is one of those authors that I’ve always wanted to read but never quite gotten around to so I was happy to get the chance to check out her latest release. Set over three generations, beginning with Rosie in Ireland migrating to Australia to join her husband Tom and ending with Rosie’s granddaughter Brie having to return home to Australia from overseas after her grandmother’s death.

Rosie marries Tom Fuller swiftly after a short romance, Tom already having planned to leave for Austral
Shreedevi Gurumurty
From Ireland to Kings Cross, a legacy of loss and hope echoes across the generations. In 1955, Tinahely, Ireland, Rosie Hart has big dreams and determination to become a dressmaker-she has great potential because she is smart-her mother Aoife Hart is strong woman who tells her to not to get distracted by a man and apply herself to achieve her dreams, but when Rosie meets Englishman Tom Fuller at a Irish bar, she falls head over heels in love him and after a rather quick courtship, marries him, a ...more
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