Author(s): Lily Woodhouse
A failing estate, a fractured family, a turn of fortune, and a story of love stretching across generations, connecting a family from all corners of the globe. A novel with the magic of Colleen McCullough, Bryce Courtenay and Cloudstreet.
Matthew Fenchurch, patriarch and landowner of the northern NSW property Jarulan, lives in a grand decaying folly, invaded by ghosts and the local fauna. His wife is dead, one son has fallen on a battlefield in France, and another lives in exile as a remittance man on a marae in New Zealand. His only company are the farmhands, an old family servant and a part-time laundry maid with dreams above her station.
When Matthew builds a memorial above the river for his brave lost son - and all the boys of the district who have died fighting for King and Country - his daughters and grandchildren return for the unveiling. They bring with them someone who will change life at Jarulan forever, who will fight the ghosts of the past and the claimants of the present, and ensure a dynasty, though not as anyone expected.
Epic, sensuous, brimming with wildlife, love, beauty, babies, ill deeds, revenge, and unions - illicit and condoned - JARULAN BY THE RIVER is a glorious story of passion and redemption.
'A sprawling and surprising story of love, grief, loss and change that crosses generations and continents' --Kate Forsyth.
'Jarulan by the River is lushly detailed. The settings are varied from New Zealand to Australia and this makes for an interesting and multilayered kind of narrative. The characters are believable and well created. So too are the family dramas that will have most readers nodding in agreement. A good read for saga lovers' --Christopher Bantick, Weekly Times
'Jarulan by the River with its mysteries, obscured parentage, black-sheep sons, inheritances, mixed-race relationships, and exotic landscapes is very definitely story-rich' --David Herkt, Stuff NZ
Lily Woodhouse was born in New Zealand and is married to an Australian. She divides her time between New Zealand and Australia. This is her first work of commercial fiction.