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Follow After Me

Look up, and swear by the green of the spring that you'll never forget

12/Mar/2018
Young Adults, Fiction
294
Paperback
C Format
9781925675580
$17.50

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Two young women live a century apart but are mysteriously connected.

In 1914, Evie’s dreams are destroyed when the shadow of World War I descends. Her sweetheart, eighteen-year-old Tom
Windridge, leaves the family’s farm to serve in the war with his four brothers. Before he goes, Evie gives Tom a small key as a good luck charm – the key to her heart.

Evie’s spirit is shattered when she learns Tom will not return. Grappling with religious differences and the conscription
debate, Evie abandons her values and ambition when wooed by the local priest’s charming, yet controlling nephew. Fate
intervenes to unlock a new beginning for Evie when Tom’s older brother, Jack, returns from the Western Front with the
missing key.

In a parallel narrative, Evie’s great-granddaughter, Lizzie, is dealing with the social challenges of becoming an adult in 2018. In her final year of high school, she suddenly rejects her friends, her study and her principles to start a potentially life-changing relationship with Brandon, a narcissistic football player who conceals his predatory intention. Nick, a fellow student, secretly protects Lizzie, but an altercation with Brandon fills her with shame and regret. A century on, the tiny key once again unlocks the way forward.

Follow After Me is an empowering young adult novel about finding a lost part of yourself in the spirit of the people who came before you. It is a beautiful story about serendipity, hidden stories and invisible bonds that time will never erase.

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Allison Marlow Paterson

Allison Marlow Paterson

Allison Marlow Paterson is the author of the 2016 ABIA and CBCA longlisted title Anzac Sons: Five Brothers on the Western Front, the children’s version of the adult non-fiction title Anzac Sons: the Story of Five Brothers in the War to End All Wars. Both are based on a collection of over 500 letters sent […]

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