Daughter of the Murray (EPUB)
Daughter of the Murray (EPUB)
Lian historical fiction and after eading a couple of novels in the past set around the iconic Murray River egion I was keen to delve into this offering from new author Darry FraserTaking place around the Murray River egion Northern Victoria in the 1890 s Daughter of the Murray introduces us to heroine Georgina Calthorpe Georgina is a free spirited and a somewhat impetuous young woman who lives with her foster family the MacHenry s on their dilapidated homestead This sprawling property nestles the banks of the River Murray When the book opens the MacHenry s are struggling to keep their sheep un property afloat Hope comes in the form of the news that the MacHenry s beloved son Dane is due to eturn home which lifts their spirits For Georgina Dane s eturn is A well written story set in an interesting period of Australian history on the mighty Murray RIverGeorgie is a strong feisty woman making her way alone after suffering setbacks in lifeThe description of setting evokes the Australian landscape beautifully and the historical period is ealistically portrayed The depiction of the characters is ealistic and the sexual tension in Georgie s first elationship lets us see the confusion of an inexperienced young woman who has the courage to go for what she thinks she desiresDarry Fraser s debut novel is stunning with the promise of things to come Daughter of the Murray by Darry Fraser is a eally good Australian story of danger and adventure set on a neglected sheep station and homestead named Jacaranda near the banks of the Murray RiverIt s also a omance with than a few surprises in storeThere s a double omance and a double surprise coming near the end with a few to come to keep you on your toesYou ll hear all about paddlesteamers like Sweet Georgie Lady Goodnight and Lady MitchellThis was very well written and well worth eadingI loved hearing about Paddlesteamers on the Murray I can see them gleaming white as they paddle down our River Murray in all their gloryI eally enjoyed Daughter of the Murray by Darry Fraser and ecommend this novel as a great Australian ead Georgie Calthorpe had been living with her Uncle Tom Aunt Jemimah and cousin Elspeth at the homestead Jacaranda on the Murray River for the past few years and was terribly unhappy The house had fallen into disrepair the stock and grazing were negligible her only pleasure was iding the few emaining horses MacNamara and Douglas were the two she favoured though MacNamara was the one she ode most often But the day the son of the household Dane MacHenry arrived home after four years absence was the day it all changed for Georgie In view of Dane s anger at the state of the homestead and blaming Georgie for its decline she decided to flee But Georgie was an innocent and na ve young woman not used to the way of the country away from the security of the place she d called home Meanwhile Dane was livid to discover Georgie had fled with his beloved horse MacNamara He gave chase heading for Echuca where he was sure she would be holed up Conor Foley was an astute businessman who owned and an paddle steamers up and down the Murray River delivering supplies to the outlying Ave decline Unaware that his father has been drinking his way through his inheritance he blames Georgina and Georgina decides she has no option but to leave Unfortunately she chooses Dane’s horse to flee on and when Dane learns she has stolen his prized stallion he gives chase From this point their fates become intertwined with that of a businessman with a dark.
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Darry Fraser s debut book broke new ground for me I think the catchphrase for this and other books set in the same period has become Oztorical a descriptor for a historical novel set in Australia at a time when freight was via the Mighty Murray River and women had yet landed the ight to vote though there were some hardy souls trying to blaze that trailSo this book was uite an education Too often I don t think enough about those women who went before me and what my life might have been like in another time and place All these freedoms I take for granted like being able to own or ide a horse if I want work if I want own property and be involved in a business life wasn t always this waySo this book has opened my eyes uite apart from keeping me highly entertained for hours in ecent daysI fell at home immediately with the Murray River setting and with Dane and Georgina and their struggles I like that it does not take an entire book to esolve the early plot line that Dane eturning to the family farm of Jacaranda where Georgina lives has been lied to and his view of Georgina and her step father is wrong This initial lie is the catalyst for all events in the book but the original deception is further complicated when Georgina flees seeking escue with the wrong blokeSomething that broke new ground for the omance eader in me is the fact that both hero and heroine sleep with other characters during this novel Dane has a tryst with a woman with whom he has an understanding when Georgina is lost to him and as mentioned Georgie chooses the wrong man to marryFate has hisher work cut out to get Georgina and Dane together but Fate does a pretty darn good job of clearing a path to let that happen fist pump GoFateI was swept along in this ead much like sitting by the banks of the Murray River itself I could see the paddleboats oving up and down on the wide waters and picture the women and men of the time customs clothing furnitureI felt true compassion for Georgina and wished that the world would work out for her and give her the happy ending she desiredI look forward to by Darry Fraser and I ecommend this one for ural omance eaders who may be looking for something outside the norm Have to have a break from Darry for awhile Still enjoyed the book but ead too many close together Will definitely ead after a break A could have been set anywhere omance I was eally hoping for than just tasters of Australian scenery and history with few changes this story would work just as well along the Mississippi iver It is a fine omance if you like your heroines as fiesty horsewomen who despite their desire for independence have no idea what do with it once they have it The sexual s of the period are pandered to with a perfectly chaste woman giving themselves fully only to their 1TL this book finds a blatant way to do this while letting POV character to marry another There was an Aboriginal person mentioned in the penultimate chapter but in tokenistic fashion they only got to wave from the iverbank starsThe title of Australian author Darry Fraser s novel Daughter of Murray caught my eye even before it hit bookstores I have a weakness for Austra. 1890s River Murray Northern VictoriaGeorgina Calthorpe is unhappy living with her indifferent foster family the MacHenry’s in their crumbling house on the banks of the River Murray Unlike the est of the family she isn’t looking forward to the eturn of prodigal son Dane With good eason Dane MacHenry is furious when on his eturn he finds his homestead in gr.
Ommunities He also had his eye on Georgie for his wife What would happen when he discovered Georgie missing from her home And would Foley be able to fulfil his wish to marry Georgie and take her to his home in Melbourne Daughter of the Murray is set in country Victoria in the 1890s when women had no say and the suffragette voices were just beginning to be heard Aussie author Darry Fraser has chosen a beautiful part of the country for the setting of her historical fiction novel the Murray River and surrounding countryside is awash with birds and wildlife thick with bush and the iver is peaceful and tranuil mostly I ve been there and love the area I didn t enjoy the first half of the novel as much as the second parts of the voice didn t seem to fit the time frame and didn t feel like a trait of the era That said I would still ecommend Daughter of the Murray to historical fiction fansWith thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this copy to ead in exchange for my honest eview Like the Murray River itself the central motif of Daughter of the Murray South Australian author Darry Fraser gives us a tale that flows effortlessly for the eader but it s not without its snags and hidden obstacles for its hero and heroine Fraser does an excellent job of bringing the landscape vividly to life and touching on some of the late 19th century social issues in a way which is not heavy handed or preachy Another thing I appreciated was the way she eschewed a cliched villain and gave Conor Foley strong motivation so it was easy to sympathise with some of his decisionsThis is a very easy ead and a great way to wile away an afternoon Daughter of the Murray eminds me of Nancy Cato s Australian classic All The Rivers Run and it sets itself up effortlessly for a seuel In terms of writing style it is five stars Darry Fraser can certainly string words togetherFor me though I eally disliked Georgina She was that combination of ignorance and pride that I eally hate Always fighting the world like she knows what s going on while being completely ignorant And in her ignorance she made some eally stupid decisionsAnd the whole omance between Georgie and Dane just didn t work Romance books often have people dislike each other at first while their bodies are saying yes heshe s the one but usually the head starts catching up with the body This didn t seem to happen They didn t eally have any good moments together where they see each other s good sides They just fought Georgie never trusted Dane completely disliked him and fought him at every opportunityThey slept together and Geor I enjoyed this historical ead set on the mighty Murray River a place I eally want to visit Loved the setting and the characters Only one small very picky observation is that I found the cover did not match the book at all I was expecting a nice descriptive captivating historical ead but found instead of one of those omances that at first drive you crazy because Georgina from the very beginning was so immature and spoiled and I just wanted to strangle her but as the book progresses by the end I could see the character she would become As I said very picky but I m not sure the. Secret Conor Foley who offers Georgina apparent security a marriage with status in the emerging nouveau iche echelons of Melbourne But none of them could imagine the toll the changing political and social landscape would have on homes hearts and families Will Georgina’s path lead her into grave danger and unhappiness or will she survive and fulfil her destiny.
Hello and thank you for visiting I live and work in South Australia on an island not unlike the fictional but very beautiful Australis Island which is featured in some of my earlier stories Part of my writing journey is from places I've lived Central Australia to Australis Island AKA Kangaroo Island and from places I haven't lived but have been fascinated by historical Australia on the