- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Mira - AU (19 November 2018)
- ISBN-10: 1489250409
- ISBN-13: 978-1489250407
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.8 x 23.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 458 g
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Darry Fraser's first novel, Daughter of the Murray (2016) is set on her beloved River Murray where she spent part of her childhood.
Where The Murray River Runs (2017) is her second novel set in the same era, 1890s. Novels three and four are being prepared for
release 2018 and 2019.
The Australian landscape is home and hearth - the rural, the coastal, the arid lands and the desert. The history, the hidden stories,
the catalysts create the powerful connection between her characters and are the drivers in her stories. Apprenticed on a number of
contemporary novels and novellas, she returned to writing Australian historical fiction, which is her favourite genre.
She lives and works on the beautiful Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia.
To find out more, visit Darry on her website.
You can also follow Darry on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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This is not just a historical essay, however. It is a skilfully woven tale of one woman’s strength of mind and purpose as she makes a new life for herself following the shooting death of her husband. I felt for Nell as soon as I met her and empathised as she faced one challenge after another.
Nell is not the only important character in this story. Finn Seymour, who first appears garbed as a bushranger, slowly becomes Nell’s love interest. I fell a little in love with him as soon as I learned his name. Seriously. Finn is one of those gorgeous Irish names that almost makes me swoon.
This story struck chords for me throughout. I loved the window into the past, but I also loved the actual story telling. Once I started I struggled to put it down. It has been my introduction to Darry Fraser’s writing and I am now keen to read her other two Australian historical novels.
I also recommend starting with the free prequel Hill of Gold.