Under the Golden Sun: A Novel (Paperback)
I became totally immersed in this book right from the beginning. Set during WWII, the war influences the story, but is not the main thrust. It centers around Rose Hamilton who's been through a painful experience and is looking for a new direction for her life. She volunteers to accompany an orphan boy named Walter to his family who live on a cattle plantation in Australia. Their journey is perilous and they are not welcomed once they arrive. Rose discovers there are many secrets she was not told about Walter's parents and his extended family, but she has become very attached to the boy so she perseveres. The setting on the Australian Outback is beautiful and the characters are engaging. I highly recommend this read.— Sue
A "remarkable novel of family and love during a time of war,"* Jenny Ashcroft's Under the Golden Sun follows a soul-searching young woman who takes a leap of faith and discovers a place to call home and someone to share her heart.
England, 1941. The world is at war. London is under siege as the German blitz pounds the city without warning, without mercy. Rose Hamilton did her part as a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force until she was unfairly discharged following a tragic loss. Working as a secretary on a Devon farmland, Rose is out of harm’s way, but she needs to contribute to something greater than herself to truly recover.
Answering a newspaper advertisement for a companion to accompany an orphaned child to Australia, Rose becomes enchanted with four-year-old Walter Lucknow. Shy, imaginative, and kind, the boy lost his parents and has been living in near seclusion with his elder great aunt. As heir to a wealthy Australian cattle station, Walter must return to his homeland and his mother’s family.
Leaving her own family—and fiancé—Rose braves the long, dangerous voyage across Pacific waters where war is imminent to see Walter safely home. But upon arrival, Rose learns the truth about Walter’s relationship to the Lucknows and the land he’s supposed to inherit, a truth that haunts the boy’s Uncle Max, a wounded pilot scarred inside and out. And as Max opens his heart up to Walter, Rose is drawn to the man’s strength and compassion, finding herself torn between returning to England and staying with the child and man she’s grown to love.
*New York Times bestselling author Karen White
About the Author
JENNY ASHCROFT is a British author of historical fiction books including Meet Me in Bombay. She has a degree from Oxford University in history, and has always been fascinated by the past—in particular the way that extraordinary events can transform the lives of normal people.
"Jenny Ashcroft is my new favorite author. Her meticulous research folds neatly and expertly into the story, and her eye for detail and beautiful writing creates an unforgettable book. The characters are flawed, compelling, and worthy of carrying this remarkable novel of family and love during a time of war. I didn't want it to end, and now that I'm done, I feel as if I've just traveled to Australia for a long visit with dear friends and am ready to read it again and again. The author has a way of ripping out the reader's heart, and then carefully placing it back with her skilled hands. I loved every page!" —Karen White, New York Times bestselling author
"Historical fiction fans will enjoy this lush, captivating saga with fascinating characters whose lives are far from ideal but are only a minute and a step away from perfect.” —Library Journal
"An enticing story of a young Englishwoman’s path toward self-discovery. Ashcroft enlivens the plot with an expertly crafted set of characters. For fans of WWII-era historicals, this will hit the spot." —Publishers Weekly
"An epic story of hope and heartbreak, exquisitely written. I raced through it, but didn't want it to end." —Iona Grey, award-winning author of The Glittering Hour
"A deeply touching, delicious, slow burn of a love affair." —Dinah Jefferies, bestselling author of The Tea Planter's Wife
"Gorgeous! Under The Golden Sun is a wonderfully poignant novel, full of heart and hope and memorable characters you won't want to leave. Ashcroft writes with the perfect blend of elegance and emotional punch, and her depiction of rural Australia is thoroughly transportive. A perfect summer read." —Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
"Under the Golden Sun is a sweeping love story with a huge heart. Gorgeously written and utterly absorbing. Ashcroft fans are in for a real treat." —Emma Rous, USA Today bestselling author of Au Pair
"What wonderful, utterly engaging storytelling. Under the Golden Sun transported me, like its heroine Rosie, to exciting, sun-filled places in the company of intriguing characters I never wanted to leave." —Liz Trenow, New York Times bestselling author of The Forgotten Seamstress
"Under the Golden Sun brings a mixed bag of emotions for the reader which kept me turning the pages, and left me with a satisfying ending. It's a story of love in its various forms, with the powerful pull of promises made, trust broken and well-kept secrets. Happy to recommend." —Glynis Peters, USA Today bestselling author of The Secret Orphan
"I was swept away by this sumptuous story of love and belonging set in glorious Australia. A compelling read full of love, hope, loss and heartbreak, and characters I won't forget. Jenny Ashcroft is a marvellous storyteller and I loved this book." —Tracy Rees, author of Amy Snow
"A story that will grab your heart, squeeze it and won’t let it go until the poignant and emotional end." —Louise Fein, author of Daughter of the Reich
"With characters that spring from the page, and descriptions so vivid you can feel the heat of the Australian sun on your skin, this is a novel to lose yourself in. Just gorgeous!" —Gill Paul, USA Today bestselling author
"A triangular love story...Beautifully written..." —Adrienne Chin, USA Today bestselling author of The English Wife
"Vivid and lyrical, this epic love story completely enchanted and transported me. Unforgettably poignant, Rose's story is spellbinding yet utterly real." —Holly Miller, author of The Sight of You