Dinah Jefferies

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Narrated By: Clare Corbett, Eleanor Bennett

Duration: 12 hours and 25 minutes

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A country at war with itself,
a family divided and betrayed. . .

Malaya, 1955. Lydia Cartwright returns from visiting a sick friend to an empty house. The servants are gone. The phone is dead. Where is her husband Alec? Her young daughters, Emma and Fleur?

Fearful and desperate, she contacts the British District Officer and learns that Alec has been posted up country. But why didn't he wait? Why did he leave no message?

Lydia's search takes her on a hazardous journey through war-torn jungle. Forced to turn to Jack Harding, a man she'd vowed to leave in her past, she sacrifices everything to be reunited with her family.

And while carrying her own secrets, Lydia will soon face a devastating betrayal which may be more than she can bear . . .


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A tense and steamy 1950s Malaya, beautifully described. I loved it

Author of 'Hothouse Flower' and 'The Girl on the Cliff'

An utterly captivating story of love and loss. Thrilling, gripping and intelligent