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About the author:
Heather resides with her husband Tom in southern Utah, USA, near the Arizona and Nevada borders. She was born and raised in Australia and became a university-trained teacher, working for the Department of Education in Queensland, Australia.
Later she moved to England and had the privilege of living in the small village of Scaynes Hill, West Sussex, and teaching in Cuckfield, West Sussex, for nine years.
Prior to residing in the USA, Heather and her husband worked in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, where they delivered humanitarian aid for eleven years. They owned an ocean-going catamaran and sailed back and forth between the island nation and Australia, taking much-needed medical and educational supplies to isolated communities on many of Vanuatu's 82 islands.
As a child in a small one-teacher school at Maroochy River, Queensland, Australia, Heather would engage in oral storytelling, creating stories from her active imagination as she went along. This planted the seeds for her future writing of fictional stories.
It is 19th century London and transportation to Australia for petty crimes remains the easy option for the English judiciary. So when young Matt Tobin becomes embroiled in the crimes of his older brother, he is forced to leave London aboard a transport ship and start a new life in the Antipodes.
Unlike his older brother, Matt is ambitious and strives to make a success of his life. Working hard to acquire a range of skills and cast off the shame of his convict background, the boy grows into an industrious employee and settles into life on one of the new colony's sprawling sheep stations.
Things go well for Matt until he meets Sarah, the spoilt and determined daughter of his employer. Despite his single-minded focus, Matt is unable to ignore her amorous advances and the heat of their desire soon results in the announcement of an unplanned pregnancy, and the wrath of Sarah's self-righteous father.
The couple marry, and after their attempts to turn virgin bush into a profitable sheep property fail, they set off for a new life in a bourgeoning gold mining town. But soon Matt's past revisits him, with a force so powerful that everything he values, including his marriage, will be tested to the limit.
- Publication Date:
- 1511520477 / 9781511520478
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.5" x 8.5"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Historical / General