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by Candice Proctor

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: 1800s Australia

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The only way Amanda Davenport can earn the fare to return to England is by taking a job as governess to Patrick OReillys unruly children. She has no idea that his home is in an isolated part
of Australia or that his children have scared off every other governess with pranks.

Patrick knows this proper English woman will also run off, unable to handle the harshness of his uncivilized home. Yet, there is a tension between them that is inexplicable, drawing them closer. Amanda discovers a strength she never knew she had and a place in the wild yet beautiful land.

Even more than that, she finds a love she cannot deny and an answering passion in Patrick. The wilderness speaks to her in a way the staid English countryside never did, and as they face the harshness of an unrelenting drought they discover the power of their love will help them prevail.

Power and passion are the hallmarks of this extraordinary writer. Candace Proctors prose envelops you. You become so involved with the characters that you hate to let them go. Its brilliant portrayal of the beauty and ruggedness of Australia and the powerful people who survive there is one of SEPTEMBER MOONs pluses. It is a story to remember and Ms. Proctor a writer to treasure. SENSUAL (Oct., 350 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Fawcett

Published: October 1999

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Submitted by Robin in PA on October 28, 2011 - 9:17pm.

Amanda Davenport is an impoverished companion to an elderly lady living in Australia. When the lady dies, Amanda is desperate to get back to England. In need of money, so she takes a position of Governess to three children living with their father in the Outback.

Patrick O'Reilly loves the wilderness of the Outback. He's not happy that his sister has sent yet another English Governess to care for his children. He finds Amanda so rigid and unbendable, he's not sure she is what the children need. But as Patrick gets to know Amanda, he finds there is a woman ready to break out of her shell. And Patrick wants to be the man to help her.

This was a very satisfying historical romance set in Australia. Candice Proctor gives us lots of descriptions of the country and its people. You feel like you're there. Her characters are very well-drawn and easy to root for. My rating: 4 Stars.