In the Company of Strangers
Ruby and Cat's friendship was forged on an English dockside over sixty years ago when, as terrified children, they were shipped off to Australia. It was a friendship that was supposed to last a lifetime but when news of Cat's death reaches Ruby in London, it comes after years of estrangement. Declan too has drifted away from Cat but is forced back to her lavender farm, Benson's Reach, by the terms of her will. He turns to his troubled friend Alice, who is desperate for a refuge. Can the legacy of Benson's Reach triumph over the hurt of the past? Or is Cat's duty-laden legacy simply too much for Ruby and Declan to keep alive?
Liz Byrski is the author of Gang of Four, Food, Sex and Money, Belly Dancing for Beginners, Trip of a Lifetime, Bad Behaviour and Last Chance Cafe.