Daughter of the Home Front
A dazzling, heart-breaking story of friendship and redemption from bestselling author Jennie Jones.
Out now in paperback, eBook, audio book
The girl she'd been.
And the woman she was forced to become.
Townsville, 1942. Young women aged sixteen and over are obliged by law to join the war effort, and Emma Hatton's world is at last about to change. Longing to escape the humdrum poverty of oceanside Blueholm Bay and the demands of her domineering mother, Emma reaches the bustling wartime mayhem of Townsville where the city streets are filled with glamorous GIs and red lipstick is the colour of the day. Befriending charismatic Cassie O'Byrne, Emma believes her adult life has finally begun.
Private Frank Kendrick's kisses make her heart beat faster and with all the talk of his family in California, surely a proposal is imminent. But after a hasty seduction, Frank disappears and Emma finds herself in trouble.
Her family's solution is the Holy Refuge of Saint Philomena in Brisbane, a prison-like 'home' where unmarried, pregnant young women are sent to repent and used as drudges while they wait out their term before their babies are forcibly adopted. Longing to keep her child, Emma befriends other girls struggling in this cruel environment while her dearest friend of all seeks a way to help.
Cassie's solution, and the courageous choices Emma must make, lead her to true adulthood, forever friendships ... and a home and family she could never have anticipated.
Jennie Jones stakes her claim as a breathtaking master of Australian historical fiction
For readers of Fiona McIntosh and Victoria Purman
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Released in paperback, eBook and audio 5 October 2022
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Praise for Daughter of the Home Front
‘Jennie Jones is the author of the bestselling Rangeland and Swallow’s Fall series. With Daughter of the Home Front, she moves away from her rural romance roots and into historical women’s fiction. It’s a popular genre, and she’s right at home in it, delivering a moving, utterly unputdownable story, with one of the most compelling protagonists of the year.’ ~ Better Reading - read the whole review
'Jennie Jones latest book, Daughter of the Home Front, sees her move away from romance novels into historical fiction with the result being something special. At its heart is a story of the struggles for unmarried mothers during the 1940s. Jennie does a fabulous job of providing a very moving story told through a strong main character.' ~ Great reads and tea leaves
'Daughter of the Home Front is a heartbreaking historical novel by Aussie author Jennie Jones. A thoroughly enjoyable novel which I recommend.' 5 stars ~ Brenda's Reviews, Goodreads
'This is a story that I would highly recommend, it is hard to put down when you pick it up, filled with so many emotions, yes there were lots of tears sad and happy, and thank you Jennie Jones for such a wonderful story, it is one that will stay with me for a long time to come.' 5 stars ~ Helen, Historical Romance Reviews