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At the turn of the last century, Alice is a 12-year-old servant girl at Colonsay, the big house on the Victorian Coast belonging to wily political strategist Cosmo Cunningham and his beautiful young wife Ambrosine.

In the present day, Rosamund becomes the reluctant inheritor of Colonsay, her childhood home. But as the extensive renovation work begins, odd things start happening: a thumping in the empty attic that dislodges plaster from the ceiling of the room below. A lingering scent of honeysuckle. Then the building crew suffer not one but two nasty accidents. And suddenly there is talk of prayers and clairvoyants and messages from the dead...

What terrible secrets lie within Colonsay? Can Rosamund make peace with the past -- and free her own future? This is a gripping story of long-ago love and present justice.

  • Book Title: Footsteps in an Empty Room
  • Author: Kaye Dobbie
  • Penname: Lilly Sommers
  • Publisher: Random House Australia, 1999; Hinkler Books Pty Ltd, 2001
  • ISBN: 1865156353
  • Chinese eBook Translator: Christine Sun
  • Chinese eBook Publisher: Taiwan.com.au Portal / eBook Dynasty, June 2013
  • Languages: Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
  • Formats: MOBI, ePUB, PDF (horizontal), PDF (vertical)
  • Chinese eBook Sample Reading

Selected Reviews:

  • "Lilly Sommers has succeeded in creating her characters with different points of views... The plot of the story is not chronological. Lilly Sommers uses flashback element to relate the present and the past. This is the unique part of the story, where readers have to think the significance and relation between the past and the present which will then lead to the answer of all the puzzles... I enjoyed reading this book tremendously as it was very intriguing." ~ Salibiah Hussin, Ezine Articles
  • "Very poignant and thought-provoking in how children may see things from their point of view... [Lilly Sommers] did a great job depicting Australia at the turn of the century... A wonderful book. I loved the alternating sections, the paralleling of past and present and the way they both slowly drew to their climax. It was two great stories in one book." ~ BookCrossing.com
About Kaye Dobbie:

Kaye Dobbie has written for a number of Australian publishers under the name Lilly Sommers. She juggles her writing with a husband and two teenagers, three cats and a dog, an old house that needs repairs and a large garden, as well as other family and friends and the constant demands of our modern world. But she loves it and she would never want it any other way. Her other works under the name Lilly Sommers include The Glass House, Summer of Love, The Bond, The Dark Dream, When Shadows Fall, and Whispers from the Past.


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