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Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
A poor child who made his fortune while globe-trotting, Alexander Kindross finally settles in New South Wales and sends to his homeland of Scotland for a bride.
When 16-year-old Elizabeth arrives, Alexander sets her up in his mansion in the barren countryside. Though she bears him two daughters, bright Nell and brain-damaged Anna, Elizabeth never gets over her initial revulsion toward Alexander and is not disappointed when he spends time with his mistress, Ruby.
Strangely, Elizabeth and Ruby become close friends. It is Ruby who helps Elizabeth when Anna is raped and then gives birth to a child, and it is Ruby's half-Chinese son, Lee, who opens Elizabeth's heart to love.
McCullough returns to her roots with
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: December 2003