On Sale: April 1, 2016
Featuring: James; Leonora
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Saga | Romance Historical | Historical
In a stunning debut novel that evokes the epic scope of
Colleen McCullough's classic The Thorn Birds, Harmony Verna
creates a poignant, beautifully told story of love and
courage, set in Australia and America in the early decades
of the twentieth century.
The desert of Western Australia is vast and unforgiving.
It's a miracle that the little girl dressed in rags and
abandoned in the sand is still breathing when an old miner
discovers her. Even more so that he is able to keep her
alive long enough to bring her to the town from which she'll
take her name: Leonora. Sent to an orphanage, mute with
grief and fear, Leonora slowly bonds with another orphan,
James, who fights to protect her until both are sent
away--Leonora to a wealthy American family, James to
relatives who have emigrated from Ireland to claim him.
Years later, Leonora is given a chance to return to her
beloved Australia. There, in Wanjarri Downs, she will again
come face to face with James, who's grown from a reticent
boy into a strong, resourceful man. Only James knows the
truth about Leonora--that her roots and her heart are here,
among the gum trees and red earth. And they will fight to
find a way back to each other, even as war, turmoil, and
jealousy test their courage again and again.
Sweeping in scale yet filled with intricately drawn
characters and vivid details that conjure the fascinating
setting, Daughter of Australia is storytelling at
its most exhilarating and rewarding.
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