A haunting story of yearning, love and betrayal
Lucy Briar has arrived home in turmoil after years overseas. She has her life mapped out with her fiancé in London, but something is holding her back.
Hoping to ground herself and find answers, Lucy settles into once familiar routines. But old tortured feelings flood Lucy’s existence when her beloved father, Ron, is hospitalised, and Morgan – the man who drove her away all those years ago – seeks her out.
Ron implores Lucy to visit Bitterwood, the crumbling historic family guesthouse now left to him. He needs Lucy to find something– an old photograph album, the very thing that drove Ron and his father apart.
Lucy has her own painful memories of Bitterwood, darkness that has plagued her dreams since she was young. But as she searches for the album, the house begins to give up its ghosts and she is driven to put them to rest.
And there, held tightly between the house, the orchard and the soaring cliffs, Lucy uncovers a long-hidden secret that shattered a family’s bond and kept a frightened young girl in its thrall … and Lucy discovers just how fierce the lonely heart can be
What readers are saying about Beyond The Orchard
“How does Anna Romer do it? I’ve just turned the last page of Beyond the Orchard and now I’m sitting here, lost for words, still feeling that warm bubble of emotion welling up in me and reliving with heightened awareness the beauty of the world I’ve been a part of for the last few hours.”
“A story that moves between the past and the present, with intrigue, passion, betrayal and the metafictive use of a dark fairy-tale – it’ll be no surprise to anyone that I loved Beyond the Orchard.”
Australian Author – Kate Forsyth
“Beyond the Orchard is yet another atmospheric tale of past tragedies, betrayal, love and of secrets. This is a historical mystery with a touch of romance of the very highest calibre. This is Anna Romer’s third book and I am happy to say that the high standard she set from the very beginning of her literary career has continued. What an amazing author she is proving to be, with this instalment cementing her in the upper echelon of Australian writers.”
Helen, Lisa & Amanda – Great Reads and Tea Leaves
“Most of us think of Australia as a sunny land filled with straightforward, open and candid people. But in Anna Romer’s version of the country, it’s a place filled with secrets and people who will do anything to keep them concealed.”
Alex Henderson, Good Reading Magazine
“A gripping and spellbinding read! I know it’s only the beginning of the year but I don’t care this book is going on my list of the 10 most outstanding books of 2017. It was beautiful, just so beautiful.”
Sue Gerhardt Griffiths, Goodreads
” A beautiful story full of heartbreaking secrets…. expect to shed a tear or two.”
Sarah, The Little Aussie Bookclub
“Anna Romer has dazzled me once again with her beautiful new novel. Beyond the Orchard is not just an example of superb Australian gothic fiction, it is a tale of romance, family mysteries and the gentle revelation of long held secrets. Romer’s talent in successfully intertwining different historical eras in her novels, extends to her latest book.”
Amanda Mrs B Book Reviews
“Anna Romer weaves her magic once again.”
Cheryl Akle, Better Reading