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Release day: Secret Shores

5 September 2017

Today is the official release of Secret Shores by Ella Carey (ebook and paperback, Lake Union Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

In 1946, artist Rebecca Swift’s dreams of love and a life free from convention are crashing like the waves of the Australian coast below her. And it’s into those roiling waters that she disappears.

Forty-one years later, Tess Miller’s dreams are crashing, too. The once-successful New York editor has lost her most prestigious author to the handsome new golden boy of publishing. Meanwhile, she’s stuck with Edward Russell, a washed-up Australian poet writing a novel about some obscure artist named Rebecca Swift. But Tess may have underestimated Russell. His book is not only true—it’s a searing, tragic romance and a tantalizing mystery set in a circle of postwar modernists. When Tess uncovers a long-hidden secret, she’s drawn even deeper into Rebecca’s enigmatic life and death.

As Rebecca’s past intertwines with the present, Tess finds herself falling for the last man she thought she’d ever be drawn to. On the way, she discovers the power of living an authentic life—and that transcendent love never really dies.

Ella dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

In this novel, I was inspired by a true story with an unexpected twist, a charming old Australian homestead and a group of Bohemian artists who lived in post-war Melbourne. The novel, which is a dual narrative, is set partly in New York and Rome in 1987 and partly in Melbourne and South Australia in 1946. I became fascinated by the idea of modernism that was adopted by the bohemian post-war Heide Circle, who adopted modernism as both a new way of life after the war and an attitude toward how they produced art—some of the most iconic art that this country has seen. Throw in the true story of the tragic death of a young artist on a wild island off the Australian coast and I had all the ingredients to write two searing love stories in beautiful settings with one massive twist. I hope you enjoy reading Secret Shores as much as I loved writing it. The story grabbed me from the heart the moment I became involved and would not let me go…

You can find out more about this book at Ella’s website or buy it from Amazon.


  1. lynette williams permalink
    5 September 2017 3:07 pm

    happy release day I have this book on pre-order just waiting for it to drop in to my kindle———-LynW

    • Ella Carey permalink
      5 September 2017 6:10 pm

      Thank you Lyn! That is lovely of you, and I hope you enjoy it xxx

  2. 5 September 2017 10:19 am

    Woohoo huge congrats on release day Ella I have read this one and it is a beauty that I highly recommend 😀😀

    Have Fun


    • Ella Carey permalink
      5 September 2017 6:09 pm

      Thank you so much Helen. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed it and so excited for the release!

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