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Shaking Trees

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by Vicki Stevens

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 19/10/2018

4/5 Rating 1 Reviews
RRP  $27.50 $26.75

Secrets hide within the branches of every family tree.

Some truths fear disclosure, while others beg to be discovered.


Abby Eaton thought she had life under control until she lost her job, her husband went AWOL, and her children proved a huge disappointment. After the arrival of a mysterious package she is compelled to rise above her misery and unravel the puzzling last months of a relative's life. Abby's quest turns perilous when a menacing stranger stalks her around the Australian countryside of Shadow Creek.


60 years earlier. A chance meeting in a Stanthorpe apple orchard gives Marion Douglas the incentive to break free of her father's manipulation, and forces Ben (Banjo) Patterson to drop his guard and fall in love. Overcoming obstacles, their relationship looks promising until tragedy strikes. Grieving, Banjo discovers startling evidence that leads him to question what he believes about Marion.


Can revelations from the past help Abby restore control of the present? Can new discoveries enable Banjo to survive the future?


Shaking Trees is an evocative, suspenseful mystery--with a touch of humour--about love, loss and deception, and the fear that keeps the truth hidden from even those we love. 


About the Author


Vicki Stevens lives on the rural fringe of Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and an abundance of inquisitive wildlife. An avid short story writer in several genres, her keen interest in genealogy inspires her to write evocative and suspenseful family history mysteries. Shaking Trees is her debut novel and the first book in her Abby Eaton Mystery series.

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Born in Australia, Titania Hardie is a third generation White Witch. Her maternal family are thoroughly Celtic, originating both from Cornwall, England, and predominantly from Aberdeen, in Scotland. Through her mother's guidance she nurtured her own psychic abilities from her early teens.

She is the highly successful author of a range of distinctive books on folklore, magic and divination, and of the international best-selling novels, The Rose Labyrinth and The House of the Wind, which have been published in over twenty languages.

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Customer Reviews

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4 / 5 (1 Ratings)
  • I was hooked!

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    I read an advance copy of this book and was hooked. From its gripping introduction, this quintessential Australian story retains its pace throughout, as sassy amateur sleuth Abby, presented with the perfect impetus, rushes headlong into uncovering sometimes shocking secrets of her family's past. The journey gives her respite from current problems flaring in her inner circle. The author uses humour to balance the story's darker themes and cruel behaviours of shady small-town characters, particularly in the 1950s, as Marion struggles with injustices imposed on her by a nasty, controlling father. But both women, past and present, have the strength to tackle cruelty, and flout social conventions and any implied skuttlebutt. Both stories flow seamlessly and are true to each era. I found 'Shaking Trees' to be a book about the power of love, hope and the courage to overcome obstacles. Highly recommended.