"There are parallels between settling the American West and expanding the Australian colonies after the penal colony was ended. People pushing back the edge of the frontier, traveling out into the dangerous unknown. Some for adventure, some for riches, some to find a place of their own. But it takes a special kind of brave, and a special level of independence and resourcefulness.
These characters had it in spades. Tim is bored with his government job. Jo wants out from under her uncle's thumb. And so they stock up on supplies and head out. Only problem is, Tim wasn't planning on taking Jo - he believes a rough trail is no place for a lady. But Jo is no wilting lady. She's spirited and smart and headstrong. What starts as friendship turns into a romance that is tested every step of the way, by both internal and external conflicts. Bad weather, dangerous wildlife, treacherous roads. Not everyone they meet is honorable. The Aboriginal populace is not happy about settler encroachment and defiling sacred lands.
There's something here for everyone. I really enjoyed this story, and had no difficulty following given I haven't read the first two books. I really liked the heroine Jo, even though her stubborness gets her in trouble when she doesn't listen to the voice of reason. I really liked Tim's patience and even-handedness. The pace flowed along through a great setting and interesting plot. The reader never gets bored!"
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