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For twenty-one-year-old Harriet Purcell life irrevocably changes the moment she steps out of the door of her respectable suburban home for the very last time. Ignoring her father’s protests that “only fools, Bohemians and tarts” live in King’s Cross – a vibrant and colourful district in the heart of Sydney – she moves into the rooming house owned by Mrs Delvecchio Schwartz.
The inimitable Mrs Schwartz, who earns a living telling fortunes, opens Harriet’s innocent eyes to the real world – a world of excitement, passion and adventure – making her more intent than ever to break free of the shackles of her upbringing and throw caution to the winds.
As she learns about life, love and men, Harriet finds that following your heart is not always easy and that the future might not be as transparent as Mrs Delvecchio Stewart’s crystal ball and tarot cards suggest.
But of one thing Harriet is certain – Mrs Stewart’s beautiful, mute four-eyar-old daughter Flo, her beloved angel. In no time, Flo has enchanted Harriet, marking the start of a lifelong bond.
Then tragedy strikes and Harriet must ensure Flo’s survival. And she learns that protecting those you care for most can be the hardest thing of all…
ANGEL is Colleen McCullough at her spellbinding best, revealing the sacrifices a woman will make to protect and nurture a child – a child who has captured her heart and refuses to let go…