- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 723 KB
- Print Length: 335 pages
- Publisher: Mira (1 December 2019)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07SNW9227
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 10 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,641 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Good Woman of Renmark Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Darry Fraser's first novel, Daughter of the Murray, is set on her beloved River Murray where she spent part of her childhood. Where The Murray River Runs, her second novel, is set in Bendigo in the 1890s, and her third novel, The Widow of Ballarat, takes place on the Ballarat goldfields in the 1850s. Darry currently lives, works and writes on Kangaroo Island, an awe-inspiring place off the coast of South Australia.
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Maggie O’Rourke is a strong woman, loyal to her friends and family and a hard worker but her fear of childbirth and her desire to be independent has cost her a relationship with Sam Elliott, the only man she’s ever loved. Mind you, it seems to have taken Maggie a long time to come to that realisation and as this story opens she’s on the verge of losing the man who means everything to her.
With the fear that she may have killed a man, the uncertainty of her future and the possibility of never again seeing her family Maggie faces one challenge after another, growing stronger as a person as she overcomes each hurdle. I couldn’t help but respect her and by the end of this story I had my fingers crossed for a good outcome, though that was no certainty, which kept me turning the pages.
Sam, meanwhile, has given up on ever making Maggie his own and while he has vowed to find her and bring her back to her family he’s decided that will be it for the relationship he’d hoped to forge with her. He too is a strong character and a man to respect. His dedication to the task, the brusque way he hides his feelings for Maggie and his confusion about her feelings for him make him both vulnerable and immensely likeable.
For a spectacular glimpse of Australian history wrapped up in a complex love story with plenty of twists and turns along the way you’d be hard pressed to find a better story to read than this one. I found it both entertaining and informational. It’s left me thinking and wanting to find out more about the country I live in. Highly recommended!
Maggie is forced to defend herself and her friend Nara from being assaulted by the nasty Robert Boyd, she flees in a panic and travels down the river on a paddle steamer called the Lady Goodnight. The captain is concerned about the steam engine, he leaves her on the river bank while he checks it, the engine blows up and she's now stuck all alone on the side of the river? Maggie is very lucky, her friend Nara and her husband Wadgie had been following her in their canoe, they take her to a little settlement called Pyap and Maggie is now deaf as a post. The explosion has damaged her ears, it's not seemly for single women to travel on their own, the residents of Pyap want her to leave and how will she get home?
Maggie's parents have been worried sick about her, when her father Lorcan has an accident her mum Eleanor decides she's had enough and she wants her daughter to come home. The only person available to find her and bring her home is of course Sam Taylor.
Sam has had enough of chasing Maggie, he's been sending her letters, all have been returned unopened and he has decided it's time to move on. After he finds Maggie, he plans to start his own business breeding strong sturdy horses called Walers and his horse Pie will be his stud. Nothing ever goes as planned, he's very concerned when he's discovers the paddle steamer has blown up, he's told it had a woman aboard and could it be Maggie?
During her mad dash to get away from Robert Boyd, Maggie finally accepts she misses her family, she's ready to go home, has she run out of chances with Sam, will he forgive her for being scared and understand why she left? Life was hard in south Australia for the early settlers, especially women, Maggie panicked and she regrets leaving home.
I enjoyed reading The Good Woman Of Renmark and I gave it four stars.
The time is the late 1800's, before women had the vote and the suffragette movement was beginning to grow. Maggie was a strong character who knew that she wanted to be independent and be able to live her life the way she wanted, and not the way she was expected to.
She gets into a tussle with a horrible man, Robert, where she is working one day, and set off on the run after that. Now, Robert, this character was loathsome. I HATED him, and eventually his wife and brother as well. These were the kind of characters that show the things truly wrong with the world. But back in the era that this book is set in, crimes such as Robert committed, weren't believed, or cared about as much as they are today.
We also have other characters such as Sam and Bucky, who I really liked. And Jane from Lyrup, and Nara and Wadgie from Renmark as well.
With so much going on in this book, it really highlights how much things have changed since the era that the novel is set in. The Murray River plays a huge part of this story, and the ways that people lived on the land.
In the end, I thought things played out nicely, although I wish that Sam and Maggie had more communication. Everyone got what they deserved, and I was quite happy with how it all played out.