The Postmistress by Alison Stuart

Book blurb…

A stunning historical tale of loss, desire and courage that is full of the terror and the beauty of the Australian bush, for readers of The Thorn Birds, The Naturalist’s Daughter and The Widow of Ballarat.

To forge a new life she must first deal with her past…

1871 Adelaide Greaves and her young son have found sanctuary in the Australian town of Maiden’s Creek, where she works as a postmistress. The rough Victorian goldmining settlement is a hard place for a woman – especially as the other women in town don’t know what to make of her – but through force of will and sheer necessity, Adelaide carves out a role.

But her past is coming to find her, and the embittered and scarred Confederate soldier Caleb Hunt, in town in search of gold and not without a dark past of his own, might be the only one who can help. Can Adelaide trust him? Can she trust anyone?

When death and danger threaten – some from her past, some borne of the Australian bush – she must swallow her pride and turn to Caleb to join her in the fight, a fight she is determined to win…

My thoughts…

This story certainly took me on a journey into life in an Australian gold mining town in 1871.

I enjoyed getting to know Caleb and Adelaide was a strong woman (and one who deserved everything she got in the end).

An enjoyable read from a reader new to me. I look forward to reading more from the same time period and town.

This review is also published on Goodreads and Linked to Australian Womens Writers Challenge

Published by HarperCollins Australia

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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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