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  • A young woman moving to the Colony of Australia.

    Madeleine Barker-Trent makes the long sea journey from England to the new settlement of Australia in 1831, she finally arrives in New South Wales and she hasn’t seen her Papa in six years. He owns property in the Hunter Valley, he’s been busy building a house and establishing his farm. She discovers her father’s living in a hut, in his letters he made it sound like he had made far more progress and it’s not what she was expecting at all. The next day her father tragically passes away, Madeleine’s only eighteen, she’s now the owner of Shelby, a thousand acres of scrubby bushland, with three convicts and an overseer Daniel Coulter to help her run the property. Maddy doesn’t want to return to England, she’s determined to stay and the kind Garrick family help her. The other settlers assume she should marry, she needs a man’s guidance and it’s the best option for a woman on her own. The wonder of a new land amazes Maddy, the vegetation, vibrant birds and native animals are all fascinating. Maddy needs a maid, her only choice is to go to Parramatta Goal and employ a convict. Jane's a hard worker, good company and Maddy doesn’t feel so lonely. Shelby’s a hive of activity, their busy planting crops, caring for sheep, milking dairy cows and growing potatoes. Life in Australia is hard, the weather is extremely unpredictable, it’s either too hot, pouring with raining and the never by river floods. It's a dangerous place, a bushranger targets Shelby and Maddy’s exposed to the violent side of the new colony. A young boy called Luke is left in her care, his mother disappears, people start to talk about her strange ideas and she discovers her father’s secret. Daughter of the Hunter Valley narrative is about Madeleine making a life for herself in a new, remote and wild land. Despite all the obstacles, she perseveres with incredible strength, bravery and determination. Paula J. Beavan’s debut novel is full of details about life in the new colony of Australia, it’s interesting, well written and I highly recommend reading the book.

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  • A Briiant fir novel by Paula Beavan

    I throughly enjoyed this fabulous novel from begining to end. I was unable to put it down and a great storey. I loved Maddy and Daniel along with many other characters.

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  • Very good reading

    I really enjoyed this book, the author has a very good knowledge of the area that the story is about. I found it hard to put down, wanted to keep reading.

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