From nineteenth-century Adelaide and the red dirt of mid-north South Australia, to the cattle stations and buffalo plains of the far north Ross Grant’s journey is one of desire, adventure and determination, to the heart of stone country and beyond.
South Australia, 1919. Ross Grant has always felt like the black sheep of his wealthy Scottish family. An explorer at heart, he dreams of life on Waybell, their remote cattle station in Australia’s last remaining wilderness, the Northern Territory.
Then his brother Alastair is branded a deserter after going missing during the Great War. To help restore the Grants’ damaged reputation, Ross is coerced into marrying Darcey Thomas, a woman he has never met.
Disgusted by his manipulative family, he turns his back on his unwanted wife just hours after the ceremony, and heads to Waybell with no plans to return. He carries with him the hope of carving his own empire in the far north.
But Ross has not counted on Darcey’s determination to be his wife in more than just name. Nor did he anticipate meeting Maria, a young, part-Chinese woman who will capture his heart. And he certainly wasn’t prepared for how this beautiful yet savage land will both captivate and destroy his soul . . .
From nineteenth-century Adelaide and the red dirt of mid-north South Australia, to the cattle stations and buffalo plains of the far north Ross’s journey is one of anger and desire, adventure and determination, to the heart of stone country and beyond.
A master storyteller. Her eighth book. They just keep getting better and better.
Wow! Wow! Wow! Everything from the plotting to the scene setting and the character journey.
I was right there – in the scene and the time period, walking beside Ross Grant’s horse and sitting on the veranda at Waybell in the heat and drenching rain.
How many ways can I say brilliant?
That’s not to say you will love all the characters because, to be honest, I was left wondering how I felt about some of the decisions and actions of the main character, Ross. But isn’t that a sign of a good book – when it moves you so much you keep thinking about it and discussing it with your partner? (Who you shared the audio book ‘reading’ via shared ear buds!!)
The narration is spectacular. This book should be shortlisted for an award this year.
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Also published on Australian Women Writers Challenge
Published by Penguin