There's life in these old dogs yet ... and they're about to discover it. A heartwarming and humorous story about rediscovering the small pleasures that make life worthwhile, from Australia's master storyteller.

Howard and Elsie Manning were born on the same day, met at kindergarten, and have been married for 59 years. They have lived sensible, productive lives, and raised two self-sufficient daughters. Now, at 78, they are bored with the predictability of life, fed up with contemporary society, have aching joints and dwindling finances, and - funeral by funeral - their circle of friends is shrinking. Worst of all, they are grieving for their beloved, recently deceased dog Maisie.

Together Howard and Elsie consider bringing their lives to a peaceful end, but it turns out leaving this world is not easy, especially if they want to avoid pain or mess. Even the apparently simple methods have much room for error, as they discover.

Then a knock at the door changes everything ...

Praise for Fiona McCallum

'Fiona McCallum is one of Australia's favourite authors, and Her Time to Shine is another inspiring tale about finding strength and overcoming obstacles.' -CANBERRA WEEKLY

About the author(s)

Fiona McCallum was raised on a cereal and wool farm near Cleve on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula and remained in the area until her mid-twenties, during which time she married and separated. She then moved to Melbourne and on to Sydney a few years later.

Fiona's first novel, Paycheque, was published in 2011 and became a bestseller. In the twelve years since, she has written another thirteen bestselling novels. Sunrise over Mercy Court is Fiona's fifteenth book.

Currently residing in Adelaide, Fiona is a full-time novelist who writes heart-warming stories that draw on her rich and contrasting life experiences, love of animals and fascination with human nature.

For more information about Fiona and her books, visit her website at She can also be found on Facebook at