Daughter of the Murray by Darry Fraser

Book blurb…

1890s, River Murray, Northern Victoria

Georgina Calthorpe is unhappy living with her indifferent foster family the MacHenry’s in their crumbling house on the banks of the River Murray.

Unlike the rest of the family, she isn’t looking forward to the return of prodigal son Dane. With good reason. Dane MacHenry is furious when on his return he finds his homestead in grave decline. Unaware that his father has been drinking his way through his inheritance, he blames Georgina and Georgina decides she has no option but to leave. Unfortunately she chooses Dane’s horse to flee on, and when Dane learns she has stolen his prized stallion, he gives chase.

From this point their fates become intertwined with that of a businessman with a dark secret, Conor Foley, who offers Georgina apparent security: a marriage with status in the emerging nouveau-riche echelons of Melbourne. But none of them could imagine the toll the changing political and social landscape would have on homes, hearts and families.

Will Georgina’s path lead her into grave danger and unhappiness, or will she survive and fulfil her destiny?

My thoughts…

This story is set in the 1890’s, on the Murray River in Victoria and written by an Australian Author. What more could I want from a book, but a love story that endures!  Yes, I enjoyed this book—the adventure and the romance. Perfectly depicted (era and setting), the main character, Georgina, is both strong and stubborn. She’s been dealt a lousy hand but is she strong enough to fight her way through?  That is a question that can only be answered by reading this delightful novel.

A story with as many twists and turns as the mighty Murray River itself.

Review also posted on Goodreads and Australian Women Writers Challenge

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About Jeannette

I'm living the dream, reading my way around this country and living in a 5th wheeler caravan.
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