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Heart of the Cross

September 18, 2019

I was swept away by this family saga about three generations of woman that would span over two continents to bring us heartache, secrets, regrets, lies, loss, love, struggle, hope but most of all family. The Hart women are strong, determined and loving woman that with making mistakes in the journey of love and life. Rosaline, Maggie and Brianna Hart all tell their POV during this book with the time changing from 2017 back to 1959 from the small town in Ireland to Kings Cross in Sydney Australia. I was with great joy that I had the chance to read this book that I received an ARC copy from NetGalley and the Publishers. I had not read a book by Emily Madden before but have wanted to read “The Lost Pearl” after reading the blurb some time ago. I was not disappointed in this book once in got my head in it I have hooked the sweet and bitter end with a few tears along the way.


Rosaline – Rosie Hart/ Rosie Fuller arrived in Australia with her three-year-old son Jimmy to be reacquainted with her husband Tom Fuller. That had met in Ireland some 4 years ago and married after Rosie become pregnant but Tom had dreams of Australia so he left before Jimmy was born to set up a home for them in Australia. The husband that she found in Sydney was not the husband that left Ireland all those years ago.

Maggie Hart left her overbearing controlling mother at the age of 16 to live with her best friend. Maggie was a very good student with straight A’s and the plan was to become a doctor but she wanted to live a little first have what we know now as a Gap Year. She soon found herself a job behind a bar in Kings Cross. Soon the plans for becoming a doctor disappears as does the contact with her mother.


Brianna – Brie Hart is living in Japan when she gets the call that her beloved grandmother as passed away. Brie is a photographer that travels the world taking photos of natural destructions which suit her very free spirit and adventures nature. She soon learns when she returns to Australia there is more than just the loss of her Grandmother to deal with as a mystery unravels of a life her Grandmother lived and kept a secret from her all these years.


This is a wonderful Australian historical fiction story about tragedy, love, loss that will hit on some strong topics from domestic abuse, child abuse, prostitution, drug usage but also so will give you a look at gender and social equality way before it was accepted in the mainstream of our lives today. The history of Kings Cross was very interesting for me to read about. I would highly recommend this book and look forward to reading many more books by Emily Madden in the future.

One of my best read for this year a must-read.





File Size: 696 KB

Print Length: 348 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (September 1, 2019)

Publication Date: August 19, 2019

Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers

Language: English




From Ireland to Kings Cross, a legacy of loss and hope echoes across the generations ...


Tinahely, Ireland, 1959 Rosie Hart is content leaving her home behind to follow her new husband to Australia. But she soon discovers there is no room for her or their young son in the life he has built in vibrant Kings Cross. As their marriage crumbles, Rosie will need to fight for the golden future her son deserves.


Rose Bay, 1984 Haunted by her past, Rosie is determined her daughter Maggie will follow the path she has set out for her. But Maggie has plans of her own, and Rosie can only pray the grief that plagues the Hart name won't follow her.


Sydney, 2017 When her grandmother dies and leaves Brianna Hart a secret apartment in Kings Cross, Brie wonders what else Rosie was keeping from her. As Brie chases the truth of Rosie's past she uncovers an incredible story of passion, violence, love and tragedy. Is the Hart family's legacy of loss inescapable, or has Rosie gifted her granddaughter with a future of hope?


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