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By Catherine Jinks

Set in colonial Australia, this romantic novel explores love, problem, and the energy of the human spirit. Dorothea Brande leaves the quiet concord of her English domestic to accompany her soldier husband to rough-and-tumble Sydney in 1814. to melt the harshness in their lifestyles there, she starts off cultivating an English backyard with the aid of her convict manservant, Daniel. jointly, within the construction of this backyard, Dorothea and Daniel discover a new energy and a different type of safe haven, either within the backyard and with one another. Dorothea starts to conform to her unforgiving new setting, yet her husband is gradually destroyed by means of it. Written within the spirit of the works of Jane Austen and George Eliot, the unconventional is decided opposed to a bright backdrop of the political occasions of the time whereas the general public and private gossip of the day weave out and in of the storyline.

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