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Guest blogger: Kaye Dobbie

24 September 2017

My latest book, Willow Tree Bend, is all about family secrets. I’ve noticed that lately my books often revolve around that particular theme. I don’t know why. My own family is boringly without secrets, or maybe that’s why I crave them!

Colours of Gold was the story of Alice, a lost child found in the Murray River, who eventually learned the secret of her past.

Sweet Wattle Creek was about Belle Bartholomew, who discovered her birth was a secret and set out to discover why.

In Mackenzie Crossing, Skye Stewart was searching for a secret grandfather who disappeared during the 1939 Black Friday bushfires.

So, no surprise that my new book should also be full of … well, yes, secrets!

Willow Tree Bend is the story of three generations of women. Lily Taylor is elderly and her mind is beginning to wander. That worries her younger daughter Hope. Hope, now a famous actress, has returned to the small country town where she grew up so that she can relive that time for the television cameras. Hope has never disclosed all of her past, but Lily knows the truth. Can Lily keep it to herself?

Faith, Lily’s eldest daughter, left home for the Big Smoke in 1969. She came back and married Joe Cantani, just as Lily dreamed she would. Faith has kept silent about those heady days when she was seventeen, and for good reason.

Sam, Faith’s daughter, finds herself in the thick of this tangle of family secrets. Her mother has run off to Queensland and Aunt Hope is back home, and like a bad omen her grandmother Lily has come to stay.

For better or worse, Willow Tree Bend is about to unlock its past.

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Willow Tree Bend

A scandal from the past.

A daughter’s search for the truth

An interrupted phone call and a mysterious disappearance brings a family’s secret past crashing into the present…

It’s 1969 and small-town girl Faith Taylor longs for the excitement of the city. Leaving her family home in Willow Tree Bend, Faith lands a job at The Angel — Melbourne’s most infamous nightclub. While Faith relishes her new-found freedom, she can’t help but notice that there are some things about the club that don’t add up. So when a policeman shows her a shocking photograph, and reveals that a former waitress was murdered, Faith realises she must help to bring down the shadowy owner behind the club’s activities.

More than thirty years later, what happened at The Angel remains a closely held secret, never spoken about. When Faith disappears, her sister Hope — now a famous movie star — is left with an intriguing, though frustrating, piece of the puzzle. But with a tell-all documentary film crew constantly by her side, how can she find where Faith is — and what she’s hiding — while making sure her own secrets stay hidden?

Faith’s daughter, Sam, is also concerned by her mother’s uncharacteristic behaviour. When she overhears a clue to Faith’s past, she’s determined to unearth the truth. What is the connection between The Angel and Willow Tree Bend? What does Faith’s disappearance mean? And what will happen when the final secret is revealed?

You can find buy links for Willow Tree Bend here.

  1. 25 September 2017 10:51 am

    Congratulations on your latest release. All your books sound fun Kaye. I suspect you have rural roots. Love the cover of Willow Tree Bend. Best wishes. Jay.

  2. Lynette williams permalink
    25 September 2017 9:17 am

    Congratulations on the book I have just finishing reading it it was an interesting way of telling the story Faith and Hope in 3rd person and Sam in 1st person Lyn W

  3. 24 September 2017 1:16 pm

    Hi Kaye

    I really need to read this one I do very much enjoy a story with secrets off to get this one and wishing for more hours in the day to get caught up

    Have Fun

  4. 24 September 2017 11:39 am

    Hi Kaye, Congratulations on your latest release! This title grabbed me before I even knew you were the author. “Willow Tree Bend” conjures up such quaint, idyllic images & drew me in as a sweet rural read. I was delighted to discover it was one of your novels, and that one of the big secrets lurking within these pages is rooted to a seedy city nightclub. Talk about juxtaposition, especially as Hope is now infamous. I am fascinated by the curves that the Taylor women’s lives have taken over the decades and I can’t wait to learn all their secrets.

    • 24 September 2017 12:14 pm

      Thanks Cheryse for your insightful comment! Yes, not so sweet after all. Enjoy the book!

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