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Three generations of women. Three generations worth of secrets. Will a cache of letters from beyond the grave hold the key to unravelling them all? The answer to that question lies at the heart of this addictive and atmospheric novel from the author of The House of Brides.
Growing up, the Anderson sisters could not have been more different. Susie, the wild one, had an adventurous life while Camilla— Mills—followed a safer path. When Susie suddenly dies, Mills falls apart. Until she receives a bundle of mysterious letters from her estranged sister to be read in the case of her death. Each letter instructs her to visit a place special to Susie, both to spread her ashes but also to uncover some truths Susie has long kept hidden from her family.
Their mother Margaret has secrets of her own. When living in Swinging Sixties London, she too made a decision about her life that not only haunts her, but will reverberate through the generations.
One family, three very different women. What choices and secrets connect them? In this novel of truth and lies, concealment and regret, Jane Cockram flips the looking glass to expose our true face, revealing the deep lines of deception that can run through families and how the people we love the most often have the most to hide.
Jane Cockram was born and educated in Australia, where she studied Journalism at RMIT, majoring in Literature. After earning a post-graduate diploma in Publishing and Communication at Melbourne University, she worked in sales for Pan Macmillan Publishers and then as fiction buyer at Borders, fulfilling a childhood dream of reading for a living. Cockram spent a year living in the West Country of England, where The House of Brides is set, and still daydreams about returning. In the meantime, she resides in Melbourne with her husband and two children. The House of Brides is her debut novel.
"The Way from Here heralds the arrival of a formidable new talent. Jane Cockram will sweep you away with this tale of sisterly love, family secrets and one woman’s search for redemption from beyond the grave. With unforgettable characters, exquisite writing and a breathtaking landscape, this beautiful novel will leave you enchanted." — Sally Hepworth, author of The Mother-in-Law
“The Way From Here is a beautiful tale of three women untangling a careful web of lies to uncover long lost truths. And as they heal the wounds they've inflicted on one another, they find a way to come together - even from beyond the grave. Riveting from beginning to end, Cockram is a master at weaving a story filled with love and loss, mystery, and bittersweet triumph." — Noelle Salazar, author of The Flight Girls
"This is the nostalgic travel-tale we all need right now: Sisters, secrets, exotic locations and starting over. This charming tale will burrow into your heart." — Kirsty Manning, author of The Jade Lily
"The Way From Here is a book that grabbed my attention on the very first page and kept it until the final chapter . . . . An intergenerational family mystery full of twists and turns and a whole lot of heart." — Mamamia