Ep: 33 Fiona Palmer – Secrets between Friends

Life was about living, experiencing and emotions. The good and the bad. You had to laugh to cry. You had to love to hurt. You had to jump to fall or fly.

Best friends Abbie, Jess and Ricki are setting sail on a cruise ship, rekindling the excitement of a school excursion they took ten years earlier to the historic port town of Albany, the oldest city on the stunning turquoise coastline of Western Australia. But are they truly prepared for what this voyage will reveal?

Ricki, a dedicated nurse, harbours a dream she hasn’t chased. Is she actually happy or stuck in a rut?

Jess, a school teacher and single mother to little Ollie, had a tough upbringing but found her way through with the help of her closest male friend, Peter. But Peter has bought an engagement ring and is ready to propose to Ricki . . .

Abbie had it all: a career, a loving boyfriend and a future, but a visit to the doctor bears scary news. Her world is tumbling down and she feels adrift at sea.

SECRETS BETWEEN FRIENDS is a poignant novel of romance, family dynamics and friendship. Through her highly relatable, sympathetic characters, beloved Australian storyteller Fiona Palmer writes about issues, experiences and emotions we have all faced while posing the ultimate question: What is really important in this life?

Read more about Fiona here


  1. I’ve just read this book so was interested to listen to the interview. Fiona sounds like a very down to earth author, and much accomplished at writing rural novels. I haven’t read any of her other books, and was quite pleased with this one even though romance is not my genre. While the female characters/ friends are sometimes ‘too sweet’ and a little bitchiness would be expected in ‘real life’ situations, the story is well told.
    Perhaps flights of fancy are required when you live in a 5 house ‘siding’?
    Enjoyed the interview, thanks Rose.


  2. Didn’t love this one so much, but great interview here. Isn’t Fiona lucky to have gotten her start the way she did. Good to see the support from the association and authors/publishers.

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