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Lilly Mirren is an Australian USA Today Bestselling author of women’s fiction and contemporary romance novels.

She is best known for writing the bestselling Waratah Inn Series set in the stunning Cabarita Beach.

Lilly also writes historical romance under the pseudonym Vivi Holt.

Renowned for writing unforgettable fiction with equally unforgettable and strikingly real characters, Lilly’s books have warmed the hearts of hundreds of thousands of readers from all over the world.

The holder of a degree in International Relations from University of Queensland, and another in Information Technology from Griffith University, Lilly now lives the life that she always dreamed of—being a writer.

Whenever she isn't writing, Lilly can be found chasing her children, doing house chores or spending quality time with friends.

She currently lives in Brisbane, Australia with her beloved husband and three lovely children.

More about Lilly Mirren

Genres: Contemporary , Romance, Women's Fiction

Australia

Pseudonym: Also publishes as Vivi Holt

Website: https://www.lillymirren.com/

Non Series

  • Beyond the Crushing Waves (2021)
  • White Picket Lies (2022)
  • Under a Sunburnt Sky (2022)

Coral Island

  1. The Island (2022)
  2. The Beach Cottage (2022)

Emerald Cove

  1. Cottage on Oceanview Lane (2020)
  2. Seaside Manor Bed and Breakfast (2020)
  3. Bungalow on Pelican Way (2021)
  4. Chalet on Cliffside Drive (2021)
  5. An Emerald Cove Christmas (2021)

Home Sweet Home

  1. Home Sweet Home (2020)
  2. No Place Like Home (2021)

Waratah Inn

  1. The Waratah Inn (2019)
  2. One Summer in Italy (2019)
  3. The Summer Sisters (2020)
  4. Christmas at the Waratah Inn (2019)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Beyond the Crushing Waves

Two generations face heartbreak and injustice in this poignant and emotional novel inspired by true events.

Mary Roberts is a poor gutter child living in a council flat in 1950’s London. When she and her sister are left at an orphanage by their mother, they don't think their lives can get any worse.

Harry Evans is an orphan who finds himself, with Mary and her sister, on board a ship bound for Australia. They're sent to a farm school for children, where abuse and neglect are rife. A journey that will change their lives forever, and from which they’ll never return.

Married to her dream man, and with a baby on the way, Dr Mia Sato’s life is in perfect order. When her beloved grandmother has a fall, the photograph clutched in her hand prompts Mia to ask questions her grandmother isn’t willing to answer. When she cries out a confession that rocks Mia to her core, it leads to a shocking discovery of a past filled with lies, broken families and forced child migration.

Author: Lilly Mirren
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1922650030
Publisher: Black Lab Press
White Picket Lies

How well do you really know your neighbors?

Zoey lives in a suburban home by the beach, in a gated community where nothing ever happens. Her biggest frustration is getting her husband to pick up after the potty-training puppy. Until her whole life is thrown into chaos when a body appears in the garden next door.

Stella is new to town. She doesn’t want to get involved in the small-town drama. She’s a single mother with a secret and the last thing she needs is more scrutiny. Looking for answers in her own life, her search becomes inextricably intertwined with the investigation.

Fighting the demons of her past Toni finds herself in the midst of a second marriage breakdown at forty seven years of age. She struggles to keep depression at bay while doing her best to raise a wayward teenaged son and uncover the identity of the killer.

In this small town investigation, it's only a matter of time until friends and neighbors turn on each other.

Author: Lilly Mirren
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1922650115
Publisher: Black Lab Press
Under a Sunburnt Sky

The unforgettable tale of one boy’s heroism, and the unbreakable bonds of love, in the face of evil.

Nacha lives a normal life in Old Town, Warsaw, when the Nazis invade Poland. After months of heavy shelling, her family believes things can't possibly get any worse. Then the city falls, she and her family find themselves faced with a level of anti-semitism they've never experienced before. They're locked into a ghetto and she fears they'll never see freedom again.

When the Nazis invade and round up the Jews to force them into the ghetto, Janek, a Polish Catholic teenager, doesn’t let the warnings of executions for those caught helping Jewish people stop him. With his neighbors now living in the ghetto, he resolves to take them food and supplies. It isn’t long before he finds love in the dark shadows of the ghetto walls & his own commitment to save the family grows.

Author: Lilly Mirren
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1922650139
Publisher: Black Lab Press

Coral Island

The Island

“Sometimes all we need is a second chance at first love.”

She’s starting her life over after her husband broke the news of his affair moments before their anniversary party and vow renewal.

His revelation derails her. Her children have left home and she’d always imagined she and her husband would travel and grow old together. But now she’s unsure of where her life is headed.

With nowhere left to turn, she goes home to Coral Island to visit her estranged father. She stays in the old beach cottage from her childhood years and uncovers a hidden roll of fifty-year-old undeveloped photos. Who put them there and why?

Will she find answers & purpose on the island, rekindling old friendships and rediscovering a long-lost love? Or will she be driven back to the city and her failed marriage?

The perfect beach read, this women’s divorce fiction novel will take you on a heartwarming journey of renewal with its cast of endearing characters and scenic coastal vistas.

Author: Lilly Mirren
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1922650153
Publisher: Black Lab Press
The Beach Cottage

She says that she’s his daughter. Could the shocking claim be true?

Beatrice is speechless. It’s something she never expected — a secret daughter. She and Aiden have only just renewed their romance, after decades apart, and he never mentioned a child. Did he know she existed?

Their budding relationship may not survive a scandal this big.

Penny’s brother comes back into her life along with her high school nemesis, his best friend. There’s one rule her brother has always held his friends to — no dating his sister. But she’s an adult now, does the rule still stand?

Plus the friend has information about the photos that were found hidden inside the cottage walls. However, his revelation may uncover more questions than answers.

Taya’s coming to terms with the new competition in town, an upscale resort built by her very own father. It could mean the end for the Blue Shoal Inn.

Then Beatrice’s ex-husband comes back into the picture and throws a spanner into the works with a shocking announcement.

Author: Lilly Mirren
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B0B7HR3Y8Q
Publisher: Black Lab Press

Emerald Cove

Cottage on Oceanview Lane

When a renowned book editor returns to her roots, she rediscovers her strength & her passion.

Sarah Flannigan is moving home to the small, beachside hamlet of Emerald Cove. After years in the city building a career as an editor at one of the top publishing houses in the country, she’s uprooting her life to help her mother run the family cafe after the divorce.

Cindy Flannigan never thought she’d find herself single and alone in her sixties, but when her husband runs off with a younger woman, she uncovers secret debts he’s accumulated that will leave her in dire financial straits for the first time in her life. She calls on her eldest child to help and is delightfully surprised when her daughter moves home to the Cove. But concerns for her daughter's future happiness soon mar the reunion.

Newlywed Meg has always wanted a family to love, so when she and Brad spend their honeymoon in Hawaii it seems like a dream come true. What happens next will change their lives forever.

Author: Lilly Mirren
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0648805304
Publisher: Black Lab Press
Seaside Manor Bed and Breakfast

The Seaside Manor Bed & Breakfast has been an institution in Emerald Cove for as long as anyone can remember. But things are changing and Diana is nervous about what the future might hold for her and her husband, not to mention the historic business.

With no experience to back him up, Ethan Flannigan moves back home to the Cove and takes on the bed and breakfast as a part-owner. Diana’s niece, Emily, agrees to help her aunt and uncle, but the charming man they sold half of the business to does nothing but get under her skin, even if the spark between them is hard to ignore.

Rebecca Mair is the new cop in town but she’s got a secret she hasn’t shared with anyone else, including her boss, and that secret is about to catch up with her.

Sarah Flannigan finally has the man of her dreams, but her career is spiraling out of control. With a difficult choice set before her, will she stay in the Cove with Mick and her family, or head back to the city to save her job?

Author: Lilly Mirren
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0648805359
Publisher: Black Lab Press
Bungalow on Pelican Way

Moving to the Cove gave Rebecca De Vries a place to hide from her abusive ex. Now that he’s in jail, she can get back to living her life as a police officer in her adopted hometown working alongside her intractable but very attractive boss, Franklin.

When Franklin’s ex-fiancee comes back to town it will disrupt everything developing between the two of them.

Cindy’s ex-husband has returned to the Cove as well, along with the woman he left her for. And it isn’t long before his presence disrupts Cindy’s burgeoning relationship with the town doctor, his former best friend. A face-off with the girlfriend throws Cindy into a tailspin, but in the end she’ll have to make a decision about what, or who, is more important to her.

Meg and Brad get some good news, but with his paraplegia they’ll learn once again that nothing is as easy now as they’d hoped it would be.

Author: Lilly Mirren
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-0648805373
Publisher: Black Lab Press
Chalet on Cliffside Drive

At forty-four years of age, Ben Silver thought he’d never find love. When he moves to Emerald Cove, he does it to support his birth mother, Diana, after her husband’s sudden death. But then he meets Vicky.

Vicky Hawkins is younger than Ben, much younger. But there’s something about his earnest brown eyes, the sadness behind them, the depth to them, that draws her in. He becomes her friend, but it isn’t long before she realizes there’s more to their relationship than that.

It’s time for Cindy to get on with the rest of her life. She’ll have to decide if the cafe she’s spent her life nurturing will be a part of her retirement or if it’s time for her to let it go.

Sarah finally finishes the book she’s been working so hard to write. But will she be able to rejoin the industry she left behind? Even as she steps forward, she and Mick are considering the next phase of their relationship.

Author: Lilly Mirren
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-0648805397
Publisher: Black Lab Press
An Emerald Cove Christmas

Adele Flannigan wants a fresh start. She’s moved back to the Cove to escape a failed affair and to repair her broken heart. When a handsome new resident in the small beachside village helps load a Christmas tree into her car, she realizes there may be a chance for a Merry Christmas, after all.

Cindy’s hosting Christmas, but the Flannigan family has changed in recent years and she’s nervous about how things will go. There’s been a divorce, new members added, stray dogs adopted, heartbreak, romance and even a brand new bouncing baby. Christmas at Cindy’s has the potential to be a delightful family feast, or to set off fireworks that could ruin the entire holiday.

Can this blended family learn to love one another during the Christmas season or will their family be torn apart?

Author: Lilly Mirren
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1922650078
Publisher: Black Lab Press

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Headed for divorce, Trina returns to the small town of her childhood to rebuild her life.

Trina is starting over after a painful separation from her husband of almost twenty years. Grief and loss force her to re-evaluate her life. The only thing she can think to do is to return to her hometown where she’ll be confronted by all of the things she left behind; a hometown she hasn't visited since high school graduation.

When the police officer who lives next door comes knocking with questions about a tragedy from the past, Trina finds herself exploring the trauma of her childhood and facing the pain and stigma she's run from for so long. 

As she faces a new season of life, Trina must learn how to navigate complex family relationships, burgeoning friendships and a return to the career she left behind years earlier. In the process, she'll finally confront the ghosts of her past and upend the mystery that’s haunted her adult life.

Author: Lilly Mirren
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0648805366
Publisher: Black Lab Press
No Place Like Home

Lisa never thought she’d leave her high-profile finance job in the city to work in a small-town bakery. She also never expected to still be single in her forties.

What Lisa really needs is a time-out, a circuit breaker to give her space to figure out what to do with the rest of her life. A new life in a small town provides just the opportunity she needs to formulate a plan. It should be easy. She's smart, decisive, confident - there's only one problem, she has no idea where to begin.

Her thoughtful plans are soon interrupted by some unexpected guests who teach her that sometimes the twists and turns in life can bring the most joy.

Author: Lilly Mirren
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1922650009
Publisher: Black Lab Press

Waratah Inn

The Waratah Inn

Wrested back to Cabarita Beach by her grandmother's sudden death, Kate Summer discovers a mystery buried in the past that changes everything.

Kate returns home to the sleepy hamlet of Cabarita Beach and the run-down Waratah Inn for her grandmother's funeral. She spent many happy childhood years at the inn, but all she wants to do now is sell the dilapidated boutique inn and head back to the city and her busy, professional life. But she and her two estranged sisters discover they've inherited the inn together. To sell, they need all three sisters to agree to the sale.

Soon, her carefully constructed life begins to unravel and Kate decides to stay in Cabarita Beach to renovate the elegant, old building. Despite her misgivings about reviving the crumbling structure, she quickly becomes consumed with crown moulding, history and an attractive horse wrangler she can't seem to ignore.

When she discovers a clue to a mystery from the past in her grandmother's things, she'll be drawn down a path that raises more questions than answers. Piece-by-piece she and her sisters will uncover the secret former life of their beloved grandmother. A life of love, intrigue, and loss. A life they never knew she had.

An opportunity to sell the Inn pushes them to make a choice: commit to the Waratah Inn and family, or walk away from the Inn and each other, back to their separate and isolated lives.

Author: Lilly Mirren
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0648805311
Publisher: Black Lab Press
One Summer in Italy

Reeda Summer is running from a troubled marriage and a truth she can't face.

When the Summer sisters discover their grandmother's journals after her death, they unlock a mystery that shakes their family to the core. Who is Charlie Jackson? Is he their grandfather? And if so, what happened to him?

Reeda leaves the Waratah Inn and returns to Sydney, her husband, and her thriving interior design business, only to find her marriage in tatters. She's lost sight of what she wants in life and can't recognize the person she's become.

Instead of facing her problems, Reeda embarks on a journey to discover more about the grandfather she never knew, leaving her troubles behind her.

Her search takes her to Italy, where a trail of clues leads her across the country with few answers to satisfy her burning curiosity about the past. And instead of helping her to forget, her pilgrimage reminds her of everything she loves and what she's left behind.

Under the Italian sky, Reeda discovers that the joy she was searching for was hidden inside her all along. And instead of running from her problems, she embraces the healing she needs to face them.

Author: Lilly Mirren
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0648805328
Publisher: Black Lab Press
The Summer Sisters

Set against the backdrop of the golden sands and crystal clear waters of Cabarita Beach three sisters inherit an inn and discover a mystery about their grandmother's past that changes everything they thought they knew of their family...

Bindi Summer, the hard-working manager at The Waratah Inn is tired, feeling low, and wondering where her life is headed. Then, she is blind-sided by a shock revelation and the sudden arrival of her ex-boyfriend, who shows up at the inn, questioning his decision to leave her almost two years earlier.

When Josh Owens, an old high school crush, shows up out of the blue, all Bindi wants is to hunker down and ride out the storm, but Josh won't be put off so easily.

In the midst of her chaotic life, it's Bindi's turn to read the journals Nan wrote years earlier, discovered by her sister Kate in an old wooden box. The mystery of what happened to Charlie Jackson continues to unravel as his letters to Edie follow his journey from a teenager in love, to a pilot for the RAAF and beyond.

In this dramatic conclusion to the heartwarming saga, the three Summer sisters will finally learn the truth they've longed to uncover about their past, and why Nan kept so many secrets from them all these years.

Author: Lilly Mirren
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0648805335
Publisher: Black Lab Press
Christmas at the Waratah Inn

Christmas is a time for second chances...and for love.

Elizabeth Cranwell's children left home, her husband divorced her and dissolved their shared business, and she's set to spend Christmas alone.

Without her husband or the thriving business she spent years of her life building, Elizabeth doesn't know who she is or what to do with her days. She's dreading spending her first Christmas alone when her friends convince her to book a holiday at the Waratah Inn.

Robert Patch thought things couldn't get any worse when his only daughter married a controlling and angry man. That was until his grandchildren arrived. When his son-in-law won't allow Robert to stay with them over the holidays Robert does the next best thing and books into a nearby inn so he can see the children. 

He is pleasantly surprised when he meets a woman who reminds him of the love he lost so many years ago, in a way that reawakens a heart he'd long thought dormant.

Author: Lilly Mirren
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0648805342
Publisher: Black Lab Press