Wonderful I couldn't bear to put them down - wishing there were more in the series. The people were so real it's almost like I've met them. A truly inspiring story, brought teams to my eyes Wonderful - A beautiful story that will stay with me. Loved it and wanted it to continue. One of the best I have read lately. Five Stars - A brilliant read, very interesting Great Read - This is the story of three houses and the people who built them and lived in them from the mid-1800s to the present day. Told in a rather quaint and old-fashioned manner, it is a wonderful portrayal of a multi-generational family who lived through good times and bad, but always retained a strong family bond. The growth of this area seen through their eyes is fascinating. And, the mystery of Sophie's disappearance is enough to keep one reading. Absolutely loved this series. I could not put it down, it has held me riveted to each story and looking for more. I could vividly imagine each tale and description of the places even though I haven't been there. I would recommend this collection to anyone who wants to read about the settlers in Australia passing through generations and the fast paced tale that goes with all the books in the collection. Well Done Really enjoyed this story. Not so much historical Australian fiction out there. Made me go looking up the area online to see where they were talking about. It was sad and moved a bit quick through the characters at times but I thought it recreated the time period really well. Hard to imagine Sydney with that few people.
A little girl vanished 100 years ago. Her name was Sophie. Where did she go?
An old house in Balmain. A portrait and perfume bottle hidden in a chimney.
Unknown and untouched, while a century passed, their memory slowly fading.
Glimpses of an eight year old girl and her school friend, missing, never found.
The grief of those left behind, those who searched, those who yearned.
So begins a journey to discover an Australian family, five generations, from 1840 to today. Buried in their past is the story of a long lost girl and the pain her vanishing left behind. Fragments slowly emerge from within the walls, stories of those who built and lived in this place.
Her identity is revealed but her disappearance remains a mystery
A chance discovery gives a vital clue.
Set around beautiful Sydney Harbour, this is the story of people and place, from early colonisation to the present day. This book is the first in the Old Balmain House Series.