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Daughter Of Australia by [Verna, Harmony]
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Length: 464 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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In a stunning debut novel that evokes the epic scope of Colleen McCullough's classic The Thorn Birds, Harmony Verna creates a poignant story of forbidden love and unwielding courage, set in Australia and America in the early decades of the twentieth century.

The desert of Western Australia is vast and unforgiving. It's a miracle that the little girl dressed in rags is still breathing when an old miner discovers her. Even more so that he is able to keep her alive long enough to bring her to the town from which she'll take her name: Leonora. Sent to an orphanage, mute with grief and fear, Leonora slowly bonds with another orphan, James, who fights to protect her until both are sent away — Leonora to a wealthy American family, James to relatives who have emigrated from Ireland to claim him.

When many years later Leonora is given a chance to return to her beloved Australia and Wanjarri Downs, she comes face to face with James. James has encountered many hardships and grown from a reticent boy into a strong, resourceful man. He knows her roots and her heart are here, among the gum trees and red earth, but with Leonora married to another and war, turmoil, and jealousy testing their courage,  will they be able to fight their way back to each other?

Sweeping in scale yet filled with intricately drawn characters and vivid details that conjures both the elegance of the salons of high society and the red dirt of the Australian outback Daughter of Australia is storytelling at its most compelling.



Praise for DAUGHTER OF AUSTRALIA:

“Those who savored Colleen McCullough’s novels will enjoy Verna’s debut, which is an intriguing saga of a woman’s triumph over adversity. Verna creates a powerful testament to courage and love in this beautiful yet simply told story of friendship, family and the ties that bind us to our homeland. Verna gives saga fans a real treat.”– RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars


"It is the best I have read in many years, if not the best ever – my words are not enough to convey the pure wonder of Daughter of Australia. " - Brenda, #7 Australian Reviewer on Good Reads


"I was immersed from the very first page. From the moment that little girl is abandoned in the desert and rescued by 'Ghan' (what a poignant and sincere character he turned out to be) until the end when Leonora draws the strength from her Australian roots to face her demons and carve out the life she deserves. This book is absolutely littered with characters that will draw you in, make you laugh and make you cry. " - Great Reads & Green Leaves Blog

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1222 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (1 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Harlequin Australia
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01C3GGI3G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,209 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This was a late Christmas present and I so rarely read paperbacks it took me a while to get to. That being said once I started I was totally engrossed. This novel is filled with plenty of drama, and some truly fine moments between the characters. This is a fast-paced tale set in a remote part of Western Australia and in Pittsburgh, USA, in the early twentieth century. A penniless orphan marries a wealthy man, but her heart is captured by a man who shared her orphanage childhood. Harmony Verna captures the unique desert landscape, plants and animals of the Outback, but human nature is universal. You do feel for our poor heroine as she is overwhelmed by some truly dreadful cruelty. It is a beautiful love story. It is somewhat historical, but really, it could have had any setting because it concentrates the most on the interactions between the characters and their feelings. Greed, power, kindness and love thread through Daughter of Australia with complex, multi-layered characters. It is an enjoyable book and a dramatic love story.
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I really enjoyed this saga of a book and is a good about what was happening in Australia at the time of WW.
However when an American Author writes a book about Australia they tend get a bit carrried away and forget or do not research properly. To name a few:
1/ Leonora working in a Hospital in Pittsburg treating soldiers wounded in battles in Europe. Surely they would have been treated in the army hospitals in Europe rather than spending days untreated and diseased on ships for a week or 2 taking them home.
2/ A dramatic beginning to the book but it was never explained why she was left there in the first place
3/ They seemed to all be able to drive but not sure how, when or where.
4/ Alex and Leo going back to USA for a funeral and then Alex organising the funeral when they arrived I thought a bit far fetched - did she not think that in those days they had to sail back to America and it was not a 20 hr flight but probably a 6 week journey.
Don't get me wrong - it was great read but not really up to "The Thorn Birds" standard. I will look forward to further books that she writes as I love these sort of sagas.
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Overall, a good read. However, there were a couple of questionable details that were obvious to me as an Australian. Coppers were used to boil clothes as part of the washing process - not to do the ironing! Cars in Australia are right-hand drive so a driver would rest their right elbow on the window - not the left. Would they really have had gas stoves in outback Western Australia in the 1920s? I seriously doubt it.
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I found the story of the orphan girl adopted by an American couple to cover up a lie after sending her own daughter to Australia &expecting her to cover a lie but it was good to see the plans of her arranged greedy husband bout to a halt I would like see more novels of this vein from the writer
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Good Australian story of the hardships in the outback in the earlier 19th century, built around two individuals with different up bringing's.You wonder how through twist and turns in their lives, they could ever get together, if ever. The story line does get you in and it keeps you interested, much more suited for the female reader however
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But I have never seen it through Leonora's eyes. What a beautiful place we live in!
The harshness of those years are brought to life in stunning fashion, I could smell the trees, feel the heat and see the red dust. I could hear the work, the Aussie twang and the rain as it fell.
Leonora is such a graceful lady, James is a hero of the first order too. Ghan, such a man only comes along once in a lifetime and he deserved so much more in his life than what he settled for. Alex, well, I will leave something for the readers!
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and could not put it down, I wished for just a few more pages of this wonderful tale.
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Quite a good story, touched on some political issues...... I wanted a resolution at the end, but then I guess there are a lot of people that will forever have blanks in their past, but knowing and living in the present is the reality
Good read, enjoyable book
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This book was a great read. It wasn't just a quick boy meet girl, lots of URST, perfect finish book. It had a really interesting storyline in between the two main characters that had me wanting to know more. Would love to see a second book by this author.
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