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New South Wales, 1972. Following the death of her beloved Aunt Hilda, widow Clare Barclay inherits Bellevue, an historic property in the Blue Mountains township of Numballa, Australia. 

Giving up her teaching job to move to the mountains, Clare plans to restore the house to its original glory. She also hopes to track down a box of missing documents that may shed light on why husband Jack secretly second-mortgaged their former home. 

Clare makes friends with the locals, including a young boy, Joe, and soon hears of plans to redevelop Numbulla and to exploit the land bordering the protected wilderness area. As she joins the protest against the rezoning, it's clear someone doesn't want her there and they'll do anything to stop her... 

Bellevue is a moving tale of love and loss, and of the bonds that are forged when people unite to make a difference.

About The Author

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Alison is the author of seven novels and has contributed short stories to international collections. Her debut novel, Stillwater Creek, was Highly Commended in the 2011 ACT Book of the Year Award, A Perfect Marriage was Highly Commended in the 2019 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards, and The Philosopher's Daughters was Highly Commended in the 2022 ACT Notables Awards. 

Alison is an academic at the Australian National University and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. 

For media reviews of her novels visit the reviews section of her fiction website at

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