BOOK CLUB: In A Great Southern Land

Author: Mary-Anne O’Connor
ISBN: 9781489261496
RRP: $32.99
Publication Date: 18 March 2019
Publisher: HQ Fiction
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

Mary-Anne O’Connor writes engaging historical fiction, I have read a couple of her earlier titles and loved them. I am really looking forward to one day getting to this one, though my copy hasn’t arrived.

In A Great Southern Land takes us further into the past as we head to the colonies in the 1850s. Convicts, the Gold Rush and the Eureka Stockade; this book is sure to have tension, excitement and some well-researched history that we may not have heard before.

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From the soft green hills of Ireland to the wild Shipwreck Coast of southern Victoria, the rich farm lands of New South Wales to the sudden battlefields of Ballarat, this is an epic story of the cost of freedom and the value of love in a far-flung corner of the world where a new nation struggles to be born.

1851: After the death of her father, young Eve Richards is destitute. Her struggle to survive sees her deported in chains to the colony of New South Wales, penniless and alone. But here in this strange new world fortune smiles on the spirited, clever Eve in the shape of a respectable job offer that will lead to a quiet, secure life. Then the fiery and charismatic Irishman Kieran Clancy crosses her path…

For Kieran Clancy, the kindest man on earth, and his brother Liam, the promise of free passage and land in this brave new world is a chance to leave the grief and starvation of County Clare behind. But while Liam works to farm their land, Kieran has the fire of gold-fever upon him and is drawn to the goldfields of Ballarat. As tensions grow on the goldfields, and with the blood of an Irish rebel still beating through his heart, Kieran finds himself caught up in the cataclysmic events at the Eureka Stockade and faces the decision of a lifetime: whether or not, when it comes to love, blood will remain thicker than water…

You can find Mary-Anne at her Website as well as on Facebook.

In A Great Southern Land is published by HQ Fiction and is available now where all good books are sold.

Thanks to HQ Fiction 15 of our Beauty and Lace Club members will be reading In A Great Southern Land so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear what our readers thought.


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