Once Burnt, Twice Shy

Karly Lane
AUD $29.99
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From the best-selling Karly Lane comes a pitch-perfect story of rural tragedy, old flames reawakened and the meaning of home. A tribute to the Rural Fire Service and the work they selflessly do.


'There is plenty here to adore…Karly has the wonderful ability to balance the intense landscape and memorable characters with an alluring plotline… engaging the reader with suspense and love. 4.5/5 stars ' - HappyValley BooksRead
Recently divorced mother-of-two Samantha Murphy agrees to house-sit for her parents for a few weeks-but when the house involves several hundred acres of farming and livestock, it's a little more involved than the usual job. Sam left the family farm years ago for a more exciting, glamorous life on the Sunshine Coast, but now that her kids have grown up and moved out, she's at a crossroads.

Jack Cameron was in love with Sam when they were teenagers, and she broke his heart when she left town at eighteen. Their lives moved along similar paths-both marrying, having families and getting divorced-but in very different locations. Now that Sam is back, they begin to realise that there are unresolved feelings between them.

As catastrophic fires roar destructively through the local farming community, Sam has no choice but to evacuate her parents' farm. But worse is still to come: Jack is reported missing and Sam is forced to prepare for the worst news.

A heartwarming story of second chances, of loss and rebuilding, and of finally coming home.

Author bio:

Karly Lane lives on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. Proud mum to four children and wife of one very patient mechanic, she is lucky enough to spend her day doing the two things she loves most - being a mum and writing stories set in beautiful rural Australia.

Her bestselling novels include North Star, Morgan's Law, Bridie's Choice, Poppy's Dilemma, Gemma's Bluff, Tallowood Bound, Second Chance Town, Third Time Lucky, If Wishes Were Horses, Six Ways to Sunday, Someone Like You, Fool Me Once, Something Like This, and the bestselling Callahans of Stringybark Creek series - The Wrong Callahan, Mr Right Now, and Return to Stringybark Creek - and Take Me Home. This is her eighteenth novel.

Category: Fiction
ISBN: 9781760878504
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: November 2021
Page Extent: 360
Format: Paperback - C format

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