Lyrebird Hill

Lyrebird Hill[Ebook] ➬ Lyrebird Hill ➫ Anna Romer – Bluevapours.co.uk From the bestselling author of Thornwood House When all that you know comes crashing down, do you run Or face the truth Ruby Cardel has the semblance of a normal life a loving boyfriend, a fulfilling From the bestselling author of Thornwood House When all that you know comes crashing down, do you run Or face the truth Ruby Cardel has the semblance of a normal life a loving boyfriend, a fulfilling career but in one terrible moment, her life unravels The discovery that the death of her sister, Jamie, was not an accident makes her question all she s known about herself and her pastTraveling back home to Lyrebird Hill, Ruby begins to remember the year that has been forever blocked in her memory Snatches of her childhood with beautiful Jamie, and Ruby s only friendship with the boy from the next property, a troubled foster kidThen Ruby uncovers a cache of ancient letters from a long lost relative, Brenna Magavin, written from her cell in a Tasmanian gaol where she is imprisoned for murder As she reads, Ruby discovers that her family line is littered with tragedy and violenceSlowly, the gaps in Ruby s memory come to her And as she pieces together the shards of truth, what she finally discovers will shock her to the core about what happened to Jamie that fateful day, and how she died A thrilling tale about family secrets and trusting yourself.

Anna Romer is an Australian writer Her novels reflect her fascination with forgotten diaries and letters, dark family secrets, rambling old houses, and love in its many guises as well as her passion for the uniquely beautiful Australian landscape.

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  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • Lyrebird Hill
  • Anna Romer
  • English
  • 01 October 2018

10 thoughts on “Lyrebird Hill

  1. Sharon says:

    Ruby Cardel enjoyed living near Coffs Harbour and she especially enjoyed working in her own bookshop The shop stocked a variety of books from new releases to second hand books Her relationship with her boyfriend, Rob had been going well for the last three years, but lately Ruby had felt unsettled In fact ever since her sister, Jamie passed away years ago, Ruby hasn t felt right Jamie s death was an accident, but for some reason Ruby has lost all memory from that year Would going back to Lye Ruby Cardel enjoyed living near Coffs Harbour and she especially enjoyed working in her own bookshop The shop stocked a variety of books from new releases to second hand books Her relationship with her boyfriend, Rob had been going well for the last three years, but lately Ruby had felt unsettled In fact ever since her sister, Jamie passed away years ago, Ruby hasn t felt right Jamie s death was an accident, but for some reason Ruby has lost all memory from that year Would going back to Lyerbird Hill where her sister died jog Ruby s memory of that tragic day or would her death still remain a mystery to Ruby Lyrebird Hill is an incredible story about family secrets, romance, mystery and murder A truly wonderful and captivating tale set in New South Wales Australia and Tasmania I have no hesitation in HIGHLY recommending this book to anyone who enjoys a great read

  2. Brenda says:

    Living in a little cottage in the coastal town of Sawtell and working in nearby Coffs Harbour was like a dream come true to Ruby Cardel She owned the Busy Bookworm, a bookshop where she sold rare and second hand books alongside the newer releases and despite the advent of the digital age, her shop was doing well She also had her boyfriend Rob, whom she d been seeing for the past three years and was very happy with though the years ago tragedy of her sister Jamie s death was never far from he Living in a little cottage in the coastal town of Sawtell and working in nearby Coffs Harbour was like a dream come true to Ruby Cardel She owned the Busy Bookworm, a bookshop where she sold rare and second hand books alongside the newer releases and despite the advent of the digital age, her shop was doing well She also had her boyfriend Rob, whom she d been seeing for the past three years and was very happy with though the years ago tragedy of her sister Jamie s death was never far from her thoughts, she was reasonably content with life.But the day Rob and Ruby went to Armidale to attend an art exhibition for Ruby s mother was to be a major turning point in her life Ruby had lost a year of memories from when her sister Jamie had died at Lyrebird Hill, and though her mother had told her it was deemed an accident Ruby was unable to recall the events of that terrible day she bore a deep guilt at not being able to bring answers to them all Would the reason for the accident that had taken her beloved sister ever be clear to her In 1898 Brenna Magavin was living in Lyrebird Hill with her brother Owen, Aunt Ivy and her father Fa Fa During the days she would escape to the bottom of the property where an aboriginal family lived she was friends with them all, and loved to learn about the plants and their medicinal properties She also loved to sketch those delicate leaves her work was intricate and beautiful But the peace of those days was a distant memory for Brenna when she found herself travelling to Tasmania in the company of a man who was many years her senior.When Ruby discovered a long hidden box filled with letters from Brenna, she realized their lives were entwined for tragedy had found a way of continuing down through the years the slight snatches of memory which were coming to Ruby were scaring her was she ready to find out the truth Lyrebird Hill is a breathtaking novel, a stunningly beautiful tale with tragic secrets which were shattered like glass Aussie author Anna Romer paints the most amazing word pictures the blending of the two stories told by both Brenna from 1898 and Ruby in 2013 was done with ease I found myself holding my breath and on the edge of my seat at times the mystery and intrigue is gripping and intense I absolutely loved this book and have no hesitation in recommending it highly.With thanks to Simon and Schuster, and NetGalley for my copy to read and review

  3. ☼♄Jülie  says:

    Lyrebird Hill by Anna Romer In a nutshellBrilliant What a great read this was I was held captivated from the first page to the last and wanted to savour each as the story unfolded with such gradual, yet compelling easethis book has it all Anna Romer has worked magic with her brilliant way of putting together a very complex story in a smooth flowing and uncomplicated manner.The story of a modern day family struggling to come to terms with the tragic events of its own traumatic past and h Lyrebird Hill by Anna Romer In a nutshellBrilliant What a great read this was I was held captivated from the first page to the last and wanted to savour each as the story unfolded with such gradual, yet compelling easethis book has it all Anna Romer has worked magic with her brilliant way of putting together a very complex story in a smooth flowing and uncomplicated manner.The story of a modern day family struggling to come to terms with the tragic events of its own traumatic past and how their story crosses the borders of time to show historical parallels of those events in both dimensions of time and place Do we carry certain traits of previous generations across time It is told from two different time frameshistorical 1890 s and modern 2013each relevant to the other, and is imbued with loads of intrigue and mystery, romance, family history, deception and lies The settings are the beautifully portrayed landscapes of Sawtell on the coast of Northern New South Wales, Australia and the cold but stunning countryside of Tasmania, Australia.Sometimes where different time frames are involved in a story it can cause an often irritating disruption to the flow as it jumps between era s or zonesNot so with this story, the two time frames worked together in perfect unison and never once felt distracting or like an interruption In fact I came to look forward to each new shift as, each time the story made the subtle shift to the other time zone, it injected another crucial piece of a puzzle so seamlessly, as if slowly peeling back the layers and gradually exposing the bigger storytowards the ultimate complete picture.So you keep getting those aha or oh dear moments that keep you wanting .I thoroughly enjoyed reading this engrossing book and I look forward to recommending it to friends and fellow book lovers It is a worthy addition to any bookshelf.Anna Romer is an author I will definitely keep my eye on 5 sMany thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Australia for my copy to read and review

  4. Dale Harcombe says:

    The death of her sister Jamie when she was a child leaves Ruby with questions about what really happened, since her memory has blanked it out It has also soured Ruby s relationship with her mother Then her relationship with her boyfriend Rob turns out to be not all Ruby hoped, despite his words of love that eventually come after three years together Along with Ruby s story set in 2013 is the story of Brenna, set in 1898 The connection between them is Lyrebird Hill, Ruby s childhood home to w The death of her sister Jamie when she was a child leaves Ruby with questions about what really happened, since her memory has blanked it out It has also soured Ruby s relationship with her mother Then her relationship with her boyfriend Rob turns out to be not all Ruby hoped, despite his words of love that eventually come after three years together Along with Ruby s story set in 2013 is the story of Brenna, set in 1898 The connection between them is Lyrebird Hill, Ruby s childhood home to which she returns seeking answers to her questions about Jamie s death This novel had all the ingredients of a good mystery, exploration of relationships and the impact of a loss on life I was so looking forward to reading this book and started it eagerly And yet it seems anticipation can sometimes can be a bad thing Whether it was me being tired at present or the constant flipping around from one story to another and from Ruby s current situation to her childhood with Jamie, I found it hard to settle I m aware a lot of the people loved this book but for me, there were things that pulled me out of the story My attention wandered and at times it felt overwritten I tried it unlock my gaze from his, but something in those dark green depths held me captive Was he letting me glimpse behind the mask of his face, to the true nature that dwelled beneath And was he, in turn, seeing behind mine I felt naked, wide open, exposed but rather than disturb me as it should have, that brief recognition between us sent spear of fierce joy into the core of my soul My pulse flew, crashing so violently through my veins that surely it was loud enough to wake Adele Another example from later in the book, inexplicably I began to shake It started tin the vicinity of my diaphragm, subtle at first, as of if I d grown a second, tinier heart right in the middle of my body and it was beating out of time with my real heart The little heart sped up, began to race And then, like ripples speeding outward from the centre of the lake, the tremors took hold There were other examples that struck me Maybe because I was not fully engrossed in the novel and the characters I noticed themthan I would have if I had been fully engaged The ending did have me turning pages faster but even there I felt the plot was a bit unbelievable Could be, I just wasn t in the right frame of mind for this one, so better to read it and judge for yourself

  5. Sarah Ruthven says:

    I will buy any novel this author writes Lyrebird Hill is Anna Romer s second novel, and just like her debut Thornwood House, it keeps you on the edge of your seat You can t put it down, but at the same time you don t want it to end Another wonderful mystery full of unexpected twists You ll be thinking about this story long after you ve finished.The dual narrative is so well done The story lines are so captivating, I just couldn t decide which was my favourite timeline, flipping from modern I will buy any novel this author writes Lyrebird Hill is Anna Romer s second novel, and just like her debut Thornwood House, it keeps you on the edge of your seat You can t put it down, but at the same time you don t want it to end Another wonderful mystery full of unexpected twists You ll be thinking about this story long after you ve finished.The dual narrative is so well done The story lines are so captivating, I just couldn t decide which was my favourite timeline, flipping from modern day NSW to 1890 s Tasmania I loved them both as much as the other Another beautifully crafted story set in Australia by an exceptionally talented Australian writer

  6. Jenn J McLeod says:

    I was eager to read Anna Romer s second book Her first one, Thornwood House, was such a great story and so beautifully told So often I can find an author s second novel is not as good, or just another of the same But I am pleased to say Lyrebird Hill is delightfully different, still beautifully written and I d say even better in some respects I think I loved the detailed snapshots of life in early Australia Anna has such a way with words and her storytelling shines in this generational nove I was eager to read Anna Romer s second book Her first one, Thornwood House, was such a great story and so beautifully told So often I can find an author s second novel is not as good, or just another of the same But I am pleased to say Lyrebird Hill is delightfully different, still beautifully written and I d say even better in some respects I think I loved the detailed snapshots of life in early Australia Anna has such a way with words and her storytelling shines in this generational novel about the tragic, unsolved death of a sister in the present day, and a touching account of a young woman living in country NSW in the 1800 s, who pays a price to preserve the family home In her first novel I was transported to the lush and fragrant surrounds of Thornwood House and Lyrebird HIll is a hauntingly beautiful tale and the perfect balance of contemporary and historical My kind of perfect

  7. Carol - Reading Writing and Riesling says:

    My View Forbidden love, family secrets, murder, mystery these themes andare present and repeated in the dual time frames brilliant Ms Romer writes with a beautiful, sweet and seductive voice This narrative is a multi faceted story of love, revenge, family secrets and murder that offers the reader two parallel stories that are slowly revealed in alternating chapters The writing is lush and the settings leap out from the page in three dimensional glory You can hear the bush come alive My View Forbidden love, family secrets, murder, mystery these themes andare present and repeated in the dual time frames brilliant Ms Romer writes with a beautiful, sweet and seductive voice This narrative is a multi faceted story of love, revenge, family secrets and murder that offers the reader two parallel stories that are slowly revealed in alternating chapters The writing is lush and the settings leap out from the page in three dimensional glory You can hear the bush come alive, you can see the vibrant colours of the flora and fauna, you will smell the smoke of the camp fires and you too will wonder if you are catching glimpses of movement, shadows moving in the corner of your mind s eye this is mesmerising, evocative reading Along with ability of being able to create wonderful settings, Ms Romer has gifted the reader two powerful female protagonists, Brenna, who lived in the late 1800 s and Ruby who lives in today s modern world You will grow to love these characters and many others including The Wolf did I mention Ms Romer weaves a thread of fairy tales into her stories in this one we catch glimpses of Beauty and the Beast or rather a Wolf in this reincarnation of the tale There is so much to enjoy in this book it begs reading a second time to absorbof the atmosphere and subtle details.This is a wonderful mesmerising read on par with her earlier debut novel Thornwood House another stunning mystery that will engage all your senses with its rich and sumptuous prose.PSI loved that we just happened to be staying in the area that this book is sited what a remarkable coincidence

  8. Mack says:

    This was an enthralling tale of Ruby Cardel and the death of her sister during their childhood Ruby has blocked the truth about what really happened on the day her sister, Jamie was killed As the story unravels Ruby finds out that her family history evolves parallel to the story and it is a reminder how as a nation we want to ensure that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past regarding Aboriginal history.

  9. Shelleyrae at Book& says:

    As in Romer s debut novel, Thornwood House, the past casts deep shadows over the present in Lyrebird Hill, a haunting story of family secrets, mystery and murder.Ruby Cardel can t remember the events surrounding the tragic death of her sister, Jamie She knows only what she has been told, that Jamie died in an accident when they were children, slipping and falling into the river that bordered their property, Lyrebird Hill and that Ruby was found nearby, bruised and disorientated, her memory of t As in Romer s debut novel, Thornwood House, the past casts deep shadows over the present in Lyrebird Hill, a haunting story of family secrets, mystery and murder.Ruby Cardel can t remember the events surrounding the tragic death of her sister, Jamie She knows only what she has been told, that Jamie died in an accident when they were children, slipping and falling into the river that bordered their property, Lyrebird Hill and that Ruby was found nearby, bruised and disorientated, her memory of the past year gone Though Ruby has built a life for herself, opening a bookstore in Coffs Harbour and is in a relationship with handsome self help guru, Rob, her sister s death continues to haunt her, and she is stunned when her mother is forced to confess that Jamie s death was no accident Despite a persistent feeling of dread, Ruby decides it is time to uncover the truth about that fateful day and returns to Lyrebird Hill in the hope of finding the answers she seeks.As Ruby tries to unravel the mystery of Jamie s death, a second narrative emerges telling the tale of Brenna Magavin In 1898, nineteen year old Brenna was the carefree young mistress of Lyrebird Hill, owned by her father When financial ruin threatened to force the sale of the property, Brenna agreed to marry a family friend, a peer of her father s, in exchange for the clearance of the debt, only to discover she made a deal with the devil When Ruby discovers a tin full of letters written by Brenna buried at Lyrebird Hill she learns her family s history is blighted with tragedy, betrayal and murder and fears it is a legacy she has unwittingly perpetuated.The dual narratives of Lyrebird Hill weave a captivating and complex tale as the mysteries surrounding Jamie s and Brenna s fate unravel The atmosphere darkens as secrets are revealed and danger lurks There is unspeakable violence, bitter regrets and shocking treachery but also a thread of redemption, of truth and even triumph.The prose is lush and lyrical evoking both the landscape of Lyrebird Hill and the fraught emotions of Romer s characters There are distinct modern gothic undertones to the story, with a hint of fairytale morality I did find the pacing a little slow,so in the contemporary timeline, but the stunning twists presented in the conclusion of both narratives easily compensate for the small lag.An absorbing and atmospheric tale, beautifully told, I enjoyed Lyrebird Hill and wouldn t hesitate to recommend it

  10. Rowena Holloway says:

    Anna Romer s second novel effectively blends contemporary and historical fiction with a tense mystery to deliver a modern Gothic tale grounded in the Australian landscape There are gaps in Ruby s Cardel s memories Gaps that mean she can t recall the accident that killed her sister and shattered her family At a gallery showing of her mother s paintings images depicting her sister s life which conjure memories of their time at Lyrebird Hill Ruby learns Jamie s death was no accident Unable Anna Romer s second novel effectively blends contemporary and historical fiction with a tense mystery to deliver a modern Gothic tale grounded in the Australian landscape There are gaps in Ruby s Cardel s memories Gaps that mean she can t recall the accident that killed her sister and shattered her family At a gallery showing of her mother s paintings images depicting her sister s life which conjure memories of their time at Lyrebird Hill Ruby learns Jamie s death was no accident Unable to forgive Ruby for living when her favourite child died, her mother refuses to discuss it To find the truth, Ruby returns to Lyrebird Hill But her sister s death isn t the only secret lurking in the timbered walls of the old homestead Before the truth is revealed a century old tale of love and murder will be brought to light, and as Ruby questions her own role in Jamie s death, danger closes in on Lyrebird Hill At the heart of this absorbing novel is a question can a propensity to murder be inherited In the opening scene the narrator reveals love has made her a murderer, and from there the motifs of familial love, loss and grief weave through both the contemporary and historical narratives There are many layers to this novel, told from the point of view of two women separated bythan a century Revelations about Jamie s death and the Cardel s life at Lyrebird Hill trickle through Ruby s memories, and while one disclosure gets close to straining believability, the groundwork Romer lays for this storyline means the truth, when revealed, is utterly plausible Ruby is on the passive side for a contemporary heroine, which makes her all therealistic, and the subtle discord between her and her mother is done well Brenna s voice is perfect for a young woman of privilege living at the end of the nineteenth century She has her own mystery to solve and through her we understand the history of Lyrebird Hill and her connection to the land, both central to her later choices choices that bleed into Ruby Cardel s life.Lyrebird Hill is a compelling story with an outstanding sense of place Romer s writing is literary and so evocative of the rural Australian landscape it s easy to hear the song of the long gone lyrebirds, smell the eucalypts warmed by the sun and feel the lichen pitted granite beside the quiet billabong A fitting follow up to her debut novel, Lyrebird Hill cements Romer s reputation as a new talent in Australian women s fiction With thanks to Simon and Schuster Australia for an ARC

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