When the snow gums dance ; Song of the Bellbirds / Anne McCullagh Rennie.
Contributor(s): McCullagh Rennie, Anne. Song of the bellbirds.Material type: BookPublisher: Pymble, N.S.W. : Simon & Schuster Australia, 2009Description: 578 p ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780731813766 (pbk.).Subject(s): Man-woman relationships -- Fiction | Singers -- FictionDDC classification: A823.3
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
From the steps of the Sydney Opera House came international acclaim ... but at a price. All young Lizzy Foster wants to do is sing, ride the boundaries of her family's Queensland property and dream of one day performing on stage. But when a freak storm hits the area, wreaking havoc and bringing tragedy, she swears never to sing another note. Lizzy, however, has a voice as uplifting as the pure beauty of the song of the bellbirds, and others are not quite so willing to let her remarkable talent go to waste. There is the loving but ambitious Sister Angelica, a natural teacher; the vibrant and dangerously attractive Maestro Leonard Rominski whose charms Lizzy finds irresistible; and the irrepressible Gran whose love sustains Lizzy through thrilling highs and crushing lows. But it is Lizzy alone who will ultimately decide if the price she must pay to sing is too high. From the vast wheatfields of Queensland to the plush opera houses and concert halls of Europe and America, Anne McCullagh Rennie takes the reader backstage in the exciting world of opera, where reality and make-believe blend, and love and tragedy are nightly performances. There is an old Australian legend that says if two people kiss beneath the snow gums, the love that results will be more potent and more passionate than any other on the face of the earth. Set against the steamy tropical north of Papua New Guinea and Australia's Snowy Mountains, the winter playground of the mega-rich, is the story of Kylie Harris, a woman with a thirst for adventure. When glamour and fun turn to tragedy, Kylie is forced to reassess her life and chooses to help others. As an aid worker she falls in love with Danno O'Keefe, the man of her dreams and her soul mate. Not everyone, however, can be trusted and happiness is an elusive gift. Tragedy returns and Kylie must rebuild her life in the face of enormous pain and loss. Heartbroken, she is convinced she will never again love so deeply or so passionately, and is determined to move forward. But can she find the courage to let go of her past?
"All young Lizzie wants to do is sing, ride the boundaries of her family's Queensland property and dream of one day performing on stage. Kylie Harris must rebuild her life and she is convinced she will never again love so deeply or passionately."--Provided by publisher.
Previously published: Song of the bellbirds. East Roseville, N.S.W. : Simon & Schuster, 2000. Previously published: When the snow gums dance. East Roseville, N.S.W. : Pocket Books, 2002.