This was an absolutely beautiful book to read about two young sisters struggling to make a life in a new lands of Australia. The shipping journey was a horrible one (understatement) for them, Mary at 16 yrs and Sarah 18 yrs after they both loose their parents along the way. The book is set in two time zones of 1855 at sea from Cardiff, Wales landing at Melbourne to 2015 at Bendigo, Victoria. Gabby's family clears out their grandparents house with Gabby taking an old family antique desk which holds a secret. This was beautiful written and holds adventures and terrifying moments for them to find love. *note this does have a drunken rape scene of a minor.