‘… a beautiful story about a special relationship
between a mother and a child’
~ Natasha Lester,
Best-selling author of the French Photographer
"We stood there for a long time and watched the sun dancing on the water."
from Cross My Heart
A story of deceit, betrayal and love that proves that in the end you can choose your family.
"A sea of black wings beat against the sky, fanning the dying embers of the day."
from Close To Home
The only thing harder than letting go is moving on.
Close to Home
‘The man was a silhouette now against the backdrop of the lake, the shore in shadow as the final remnant of daylight drained from the sky.’
From Blackwattle Lake
Womens fiction set in places you’ll want to escape to … books that will keep you turning the page.
Available Sep 26, 2019
Cross My Heart
When a promise kept means a life is broken …
Tessa De Santis’s child-free marriage in inner-city Sydney is ordered and comfortable, and she likes it that way.
When tragedy strikes and her childhood friend Skye Whittaker dies, Tess is bound to honour a promise to become foster-mother to Skye’s ten-year-old daughter, Grace, changing her life irrevocably.
Leaving her husband and successful career behind, Tess travels to an isolated property where the realities of her friend’s life – and death – hit hard. The idyllic landscape and an unexpected form of therapy ease her fears, and her relationship with Grace begins to blossom.
But a secret from her earlier life with Skye refuses to remain hidden, and Tess is forced into a decision that will either right the wrongs of the past, or completely destroy her future.
Cross My Heart is a haunting story of guilt, redemption and friendship set in the beautiful central west of New South Wales.
Australian Fiction Author
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I write women’s fiction set in places you’ll want to escape to and books that will keep you turning the page. My novels feature tangled family relationships, the ups and downs of friendship, and explore issues like grief and loss, belonging and love. I plan to tug at your heart-strings so if you cry while you’re reading my books my goal is achieved! But don’t worry – there will also be a hopeful ending.
The Crossroads (2016)
Rosie O’Shea dreams of seeing the world. But right now the outback hotel she owns is falling down around her ears …
Drought is impacting hard on Stephanie Bailey and her family. They’ve already been forced to sell off most of their cattle and Stephanie’s husband is becoming more and more distant.
City girl Faith Montgomery is left reeling after a shocking discovery.
Close to Home (2015)
For Charlie Anderson the only thing harder than letting go is moving on. Orphaned at thirteen, Charlie has been on her own for over half her life. Not that she minds – she has her work as a vet and most days that’s enough. But when she’s sent to a small town on the New South Wales coast to investigate a possible outbreak of the deadly Hendra virus, Charlie finds herself torn between the haunting memories of her past …
Essie’s Way (2013)
Miranda McIntyre thinks she has it all sorted. She’s a successful lawyer planning the perfect wedding to the man of her dreams. When looking for ‘something old’ she remembers an antique necklace from her childhood but her mother denies its existence. As Miranda searches for it in secret she discovers evidence that the grandmother she thought was dead may still be alive …
Blackwattle Lake (2012)
For Eve Nicholls, walking up the driveway of her childhood home stirs up a whirlwind of emotion. The horses she loved still dot the paddocks but the house is empty, and the silence allows the past to come flooding back. She’s glad to have her best friend Banjo the kelpie with her, along with a bottle of bourbon. Her plan is simple: sell the farm, grab the cash and get the hell out. Within days of her return Eve runs into all the people she hoped to avoid …
Cross My Heart is the kind of story that grabs ahold of your feelings on the first page, and refuses to let go until the very last. I loved every word of this emotional and compelling story. Pamela Cook is a rare and extraordinary talent.
– Kelly Rimmer, Best-selling author of The Things We Cannot Say
October 17, 2019
Cross My Heart, In Conversation • Newtown, NSW
In conversation with Meredith Jaffe at Better Read Than Dead, Newtown. Commencing at 6:30pm
October 19, 2019
Cross My Heart, Book Signing & Talk • Newcastle, NSW
Join me from 2pm to 4pm at Secret Book Stuff at Newcastle, where she will talk about "Cross My Heart" and sign her book.
Registration Opening Soon
Cross My Heart, Book Launch • Cronulla, NSW
Join me for the launch of my new book, Cross My Heart, at Anna's Shop Around the Corner in Cronulla
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