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When Lucy Hunter stumbles upon her grandfather Harry s World War II memorabilia, she finds a faded photograph of a stunning young woman known simply as George and a series of heartfelt letters They are clues about the secret years, a period of Lucy s family history that has been kept a mystery until nowHow did a cattleman from north Queensland find forbidden love with the Honourable Georgina Lenton of London and persuade her to move to his isolated outback property And why are the effects of this encounter still reverberating in the lives of Lucy and her mother, Rose, now As the passions of the past trickle down the years, three generations of one family pull together Each must learn in their own way how true love can conquer the greatest challenges of allFrom the wild beauty of the Australian bush to England s rugged south coast, this is a deeply moving story of heartbreak, heroism and homecoming by a beloved, multi award winning author The Secret Years


About the Author: Barbara Hannay

Multi award winning author, Barbara Hannay, is a city bred girl with a yen for country life Most of her 50 plus books are set in rural and outback Australia and they ve been enjoyed by readers around the world.Barbara has been nominated five times for Romance Writers of America s RITA Award which she won in 2007 and she has twice won Australia s Romantic Book of the Year award.In her own version of life imitating art, Barbara and her husband currently live on a misty hillside in beautiful Far North Queensland where they keep heritage pigs, hens, ducks, turkeys and an untidy but productive garden.Visit Barbara s website at www.barbarahannay.comFollow her on Facebook and Twitter



10 thoughts on “The Secret Years

  1. Brenda Brenda says:

    Arriving back from deployment overseas Lucy Hunter was surprised to see her mother waiting for her at the airport instead of fianc Sam But her concern was mostly for her grandfather, her beloved Harry pa who was very ill in hospital Her mother Ro assured her that he was in no danger but Lucy knew her mother and grandfather didn t often see eye to eye H


  2. Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf) Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf) says:

    4.5 StarsI have never been a fan of Australian rural settings in novels I m not sure why really, when I was younger they never seemed to interest me I must be mellowing a bit as I grow older, or perhaps I would have always liked them and was just stubborn. Either way I am glad I read this book, it was wonderful.Lucy comes back to Townsville from an army p


  3. Jenny Jenny says:

    The Secret Years is about how young lady found out about her family history and her mothers time in England Lucy Hunter had come home from six months employment in Afghanistan when her life was not the same as before her deployment to Afghanistan Lucy s grandfather was dying, her childhood home sold, and her relationship with her fiancee Nick ended The reade


  4. ☼♄Jülie  ☼♄Jülie  says:

    This book will hold you captive with an easy flowing pace that is still crammed with activity and intrigue.When Lucy Hunter returns home on leave from her posting as a soldier in Afghanistan, she is concerned at the news of her beloved grandfather s failing health, but also excited at the prospect of seeing her fianc Sam waiting for her at the airport She has t


  5. Dale Harcombe Dale Harcombe says:

    Four and a half starsBack from a tour in Afghanistan, army logistics officer, Lucy Hunter finds several surprises waiting for her One is her mother at the airport to meet her instead of her fianc Sam Another is tied up with a tin of memorabilia belonging to her grandfather, Harry It includes letters from a woman and a photo of a young woman known as George Again t


  6. Shelleyrae at Book& Shelleyrae at Book& says:

    The Secret Years is Barbara Hannay s 49th book, in which she blends a contemporary and historical narrative to present an engaging novel about family, heroism, heartbreak and love.Army logistics officer Lucy Hunter is relieved to be home in Townsville after her six month deployment in Afghanistan but she isn t prepared for the changes in store for her Her mother has


  7. Lynxie Lynxie says:

    The Secret Years is the first of Barbara Hannay s books that I ve read, and I can guarantee you, it won t be the last The story takes the reader on a multi time lined journey through ravaged war zones, both past and present, and explores relationships between lovers, family and extended family and friends Lucy our present day protagonist is the granddaughter to Harry, t


  8. Sonya Heaney Sonya Heaney says:

    Also posted HERE.This is a hard book to classify, and I think the blurb barely gives you an idea of what to expect I think the mark of a good book is if you know you ll remember it down the track especially so if you read hundreds of books a year , and I know there are some aspects of this one that will stay with me It is an emotional read I never understand readers who cl


  9. Carol Preston Carol Preston says:

    Loved this multifaceted book covering three generations, with lots of interesting history around war years, two lovely romances, family conflict and reconciliation The mysteries unfold at a great pace and the move back and forward from one generation to another is very artfully achieved I ll be looking for other books by Barbara Hannay.


  10. Phillipa Phillipa says:

    An absolutely brilliant epic timeslip romance with stand out characters that left me in tears in a good way at the end Set in tropical North Queensland and Cornwall, I read this while on holiday in TNQ so it had special resonance for me I ve read some of Barbara Hannay s Mills Boon short romances and they are very good indeed but I loved reading a longer story the descriptions o


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