It’s the month of December, and officially the festive season! The perfect time to treat yourself to a new read, we think… Coincidentally, Ella Carey‘s gorgeous historical novel, Secret Shoresis out today.

Secret Shores is being re-released by Bookouture as part of a sensational deal closed earlier this year, which includes six backlist titles and three brand new stories. Ella consistently delivers a beautiful blend of the past and present , and this book is no different. In another one of her trademark time-jump narratives, readers will be taken on an unforgettable journey, as a stressed New-Yorker finds a new lease on life whilst uncovering the mysterious story of a captivating woman seeking freedom, artistry and love in 1940’s Australia:

In 1946, artist Rebecca Swift’s dreams of love and a life free from convention are crashing like the waves of the Australian coast below her. And it’s into those roiling waters that she disappears.

Forty-one years later, Tess Miller’s dreams are crashing, too. The once-successful New York editor has lost her most prestigious author to the handsome new golden boy of publishing. Meanwhile, she’s stuck with Edward Russell, a washed-up Australian poet writing a novel about some obscure artist named Rebecca Swift. But Tess may have underestimated Russell. His book is not only true—it’s a searing, tragic romance and a tantalizing mystery set in a circle of postwar modernists. When Tess uncovers a long-hidden secret, she’s drawn even deeper into Rebecca’s enigmatic life and death.

As Rebecca’s past intertwines with the present, Tess finds herself falling for the last man she thought she’d ever be drawn to. On the way, she discovers the power of living an authentic life—and that transcendent love never really dies.

Old and new fans couldn’t get enough of this winsome, beautiful tale:

“THIS is satisfying storytelling. Carey has crafted a tale that spans time and continents, with wonderful characters!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 

“Absolutely loved it. This is my favourite type of read…. I was enjoying it so much that by the time I was a quarter through, I was looking up this author to see what else she had written!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 

“Ms Carey has done it again – she’s written a story that is moving, compelling and unputdownable… I savoured every word” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 

“Ella Carey has a wonderful gift of telling stories of the past, but then bringing it forward into modern times and taking me on a journey that is incredibly special!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 

“What a beautiful and descriptive novel about different cultures, their pluses and minuses, duties and burdens… it was as if as if I was living through those eras!! A  mesmerizing read.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 


Ella Carey is the international bestselling author of The Things We Don’t SaySecret ShoresFrom a Paris BalconyThe House by the Lake, and Paris Time Capsule.

Her books have been published in over twelve territories, in ten languages. A Francophile who has long been fascinated by secret histories set in Europe’s entrancing past, Ella has degrees in music, nineteenth-century women’s fiction, and modern European history.

She lives in Melbourne and is hard at work on her seventh book.

With a perfect combination of picturesque backdrops, poignant themes and richly drawn characters, this novel is a sure delight, which you must add to your reading list now.