"A captivating historical novel of pioneering Australian women finding their way in a man s world, from the author of the bestselling Mr Chen s Emporium. It is 1885, and Amy Chen is still in black, more than a decade after the death of her beloved husband Charles. But her widow s weeds belie a determined young woman with a big ambition- Amy is going to build the grandest rural hotel in the colony of New South Wales, complete with its very own ascending cabinet . Meanwhile, her best friend, Eliza Miller, has dreams of her own - to become one of Australia s first female doctors. However when she returns to Millbrooke from her medical studies at the Sorbonne, she finds the job she thought was hers has been taken by a man. Over the course of two turbulent years both women will face difficult choices love or duty? Career or marriage? Is it possible to have it all ?"