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    A Pioneer Adventure

    A Nobel Place is the heart-warming story of Phillippa Nobel, a young woman who learns about the frailty of men at a young age. Her father’s persistent business failures result in his last ditch effort to make his fortune by investing in a parcel of land in Australia he has never seen. Phillippa sets off for the homestead, where she comes up against the late 19th Century prejudices of women in a strange land, together with the vagaries of nature at its most powerful. A Nobel Place is a lovely story and from the first page, readers will cry, fight and strive with Phillippa through bushfires, death and danger in the goldfields, until she discovers what, and who she really wants.
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    A fabulous historical romance

    I was given this book to review and was so glad I was. It is fabulous, I loved it from page one right through to the end. Full of strong characters I could empathise with and more importantly love, to a fascinating plot line that had me gripped in a really engaging location which was beautifully described. I couldn’t put it down. The writer created such vivid scenes I was transported back to the mid-nineteenth century Australian outback and could practically smell the bush fires. I was behind Philippa, willing her to succeed, every step of the way. Don’t stop writing AnneMarie I can’t wait for your next book.
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    Never say never

    Pippa is a strong female character who breaks the cycle of the obedient, feeble female of the 1800's. Her struggles and determination to build a successful horse farm in the Australian Outback were absolutely wonderful! Author Brear writes beautifully about the Outback, I had felt as if I was experiencing for myself. Well done! I look forward to more of her novels!
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    Where rainbows end and dreams begin

    What a compelling and beautiful read. Set In the 1850s. The Noble family head to Australia for a new start. Pippa is the main character in this book and although the family was once wealthy, the family have been led down a very different pathway of life due to her Father, Gerald's inability to stop gambling. He lost them everything. Their home, their trust and their dignity. After being lent a rather large sum of money from a family friend, Pippa and her father buy some land in a valley, alongside a creek where they intend to build a stud and a home. Pippa is a strong willed and very capable woman, completely unheard of in that era. She is adament to go to the valley with her father, to help him build their new life along with their name and reputation - into a dignified family once more. She eventually wears him down so he has no other choice, but to take her with him. Shortly after work starts, Gerald returns to Sydney, where his wife and Pippa's twin are staying. He leaves, promising he will be back to help with the build soon but falls ill on the journey back. Pippa stays in the valley to oversee the building and construction, along with Robson who runs the project. Pippa is a very hands on person and not afraid of hard work. With the help of her new and very dear friend, Millie, the first person she meets, Pippa learns all valuable skills for living life in the outback. A few months into the build, Pippa returns to her family, still living in Sydney, where she learns that her previous love, Grant, is in fact the owner of the land. Pippa is distraught, she thought the land was theirs. She then discovers Grant is due to arrive in Australia, on a boat that very week. Angry, hurt and annoyed she vows she will do all she can possibly do to stop their new valley home from becoming Grant's. On a mission of self preservation and trying to destroy Grant's fortune, Pippa learns a valuable life lesson .... but will it ever be enough or will she finally be able to let go of the past and find the happiness she truely deserves...?
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    Great new continent

    I found this book absolutely fascinating as it was set in Australia, from the viewpoint of a family who had emigrated in the mid 1800s. I knew nothing about this time there and it opened up a whole new perspective about this continent. The writing was good and the story told well. AnneMarie introduces the family to you as they arrive in Australia and Pippa’s story unfolds describing so well the new country she is living in. Her, and her family's, past story gradually comes to light as you follow her building a new life in the new country. The romance she had in the past has total impact on the romantic future she should have. You live every minute with her and long for the happy ending she deserves. This book held and enthralled me, the characters were all so real I felt I knew them personally. I am looking forward to the next book from AnneMarie. A real feel good book.
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