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'Looking back over seven summers, I know that who I am is where I am. It might not be the secret to life, but it is the secret to this life ... I'll tell you how that came to be and that will be the story of the Nuns' House.'

On the outside, Hilary Burden was living a glamorous life -- she was a busy, high-flying, globetrotting magazine journalist based in London, who thought nothing of flying to New York for a weekend, interviewing movie stars in luxury hotels or jetting off to Italy on assignment to hunt truffles with Curtis Stone. But on the inside, something was missing in her life and she didn't know quite what it was.

Deciding that she wanted to make her own life, Hilary returned to Tasmania. She bought a ramshackle old house - the Nuns' House - with a sprawling, neglected garden, and gave herself the time and space to begin again. There was no particular kind of plan, but things just somehow worked. Now, seven summers later, she has a home, a garden, two alpacas (named Jack and Kerouac), two chooks (called Marilyn and Monroe), a purpose and a passion.

A beautiful, intimate and inspiring story of having the courage to step into the unknown.

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A Story of Seven Summers
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February 6th, 2014
I enjoyed reading about how Hilary found herself & a new life - and having recipes dotted throughout the novel.
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January 23rd, 2014
Hilary's story inspires you to "take a chance" and do something different where the outcome is not a known quantity. Leaving a lifestyle and a high paid job that would be aspired to by so many to move to rural Tasmania without an income is a risk that would be too great for many. But Hilary shows us the benefits of taking the risks - great experiences, finding the love of her life, becoming a valued community member and starting a business from home. It is a book that is so easy to read and hard to put down.
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