The Last Anniversary

Sophie Honeywell always wondered if Thomas Gordon was the one who got away. He was the perfect boyfriend, but on the day he was going to propose, she broke his heart. A year later he married his travel agent, while Sophie has been mortifyingly single ever since.

Now Thomas is back in her life because Sophie has unexpectedly inherited his aunt Connie’s house on Scribbly Gum Island—home of the famously unsolved Munro Baby mystery. Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret.

Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. Margie, a frumpy housewife, has made a pact with a stranger, while dreamy Aunt Rose wonders if maybe it’s about time she started making her own decisions. As Sophie’s life becomes increasingly complicated, she discovers that sometimes you have to stop waiting around—and come up with your own fairy-tale ending.

What the reviewers said

“A stunner several shades darker than typical chick lit…Moriarty’s prose turns from funny through poignant to frightening in an artful snap”

Publishers Weekly

“This endearing story, like life, is a mix of the sad, the happy, the absurd and the magical”

Australian Women's Weekly

“Original and entertaining…deeply affecting”

The Australian

What Liane says

“I was visiting Dangar Island on the Hawkesbury River and I thought: What a wonderful setting for a novel…”

So I created the fictitious ‘Scribbly Gum Island’ also on the Hawkesbury, and made it home to a mystery, partly inspired by the famous story of the abandoned ship, the Mary-Celeste. It also features a single woman in her late thirties who was desperate to have a baby – which is exactly what I was at the time of writing. I’m especially fond of the characters in this book – not just because one of them was based on me!

More than one reader has told me that they have tried to find out how to get to Scribbly Gum Island. It’s a fictional island – but I wish I could go there too. The next best thing is to take a ferry from Brooklyn and visit Dangar Island on the Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney.