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'Keepers is historical fiction, literary fiction, women’s fiction, and bitter-sweet romance all seamlessly combined in a reading experience you won’t soon forget.'

‘… a beautifully written book, uplifting & heart warming. I read it one session.’

‘This book gives a new meaning to the phrase 'a page turner'. I couldn't put it down. Intricately plotted, the characters were hypnotically believable.’


At eight months pregnant, Raine shouldn’t be on a jolting bus crawling through snow searching for her husband. He might not want to be found. She might not want to find him.


It’s 1951, Australia, and while Raine’s marriage to the good looking but moody Teddy was unplanned, all seems well despite their uncertain start. Cash is short, but their baby thrives and they get by.

Then Teddy disappears, sending a telegram which may or may not be the reason for his desertion. Grieving and furious in equal measure, Raine’s struggles to cope are made harder when she realises she’s carrying their second child.

Her willing helpmate is the faithful, devoted Alf - Teddy’s best friend since childhood. He’s always looked out for Raine. He’d love to do so forever, he tells her. Has Raine given her heart to the wrong man?

When Teddy is found, his reluctance to return forces Raine to act. With an unwilling Alf beside her, she sets out on a punishing journey to track her husband down. She needs to look him in the eye. She needs to discover the truth of their love.

Release date: April 2, 2021

Publisher: Holborn House Ltd

Print pages: 320

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Behind the book

Take a teaspoon of family history, add a cup of love for her home country and a kilo of imagination ....

Cheryl Burman was mulling over bits of family lore she'd grown up with as a child in Australia, when it occurred to her she could over-dramatise reality and get a good story out of these morsels. Keepers is the result, and readers agree with her.

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