The Cedar Tree
Three years ago, cousins Brandon and Sean O’Riain fled their tenant farms in County Tipperary as wanted criminals. Now, in 1867, they are working as cedar-cutters in New South Wales’s lush-green Richmond Valley.
But while Brandon embraces the opportunities this new country offers, Sean refuses to let go of the past. And one of them is about to make a dangerous choice . . .
Nearly a century later, in the spring of 1949, Stella O’Riain is also fleeing her home – a sheep property on the barren edge of the Strzelecki Desert. She leaves behind her husband Joe and a baby daughter.
With no money and limited options, Stella accepts her brother-in-law Harry’s offer to live at the O’Riain family cane farm in the Richmond Valley. However Harry’s refusal to discuss Joe - or the row that tore the brothers apart - leaves Stella with more questions than answers.
In particular, why does she feel someone is watching her from a distance? And what is the real reason she is banned from speaking to the owner of the farm next door?
Spanning two centuries, The Cedar Tree is a story of love and faith, destiny and betrayal, in a land as rich and fertile as the secrets it keeps.
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