" À n'ouvrir que si vous avez du temps : c'est un roman qu'on ne peut lâcher ! " The Australian Bookshelf
Le deuxième volet de la série Swan Hill, par l'auteure de la trilogie Cassandra 1868. La jeune Ismay n'a qu'une envie : quitter l'Irlande pour aller rejoindre son frère Bram à Swan Hill, en Australie, là où il s'est installé avec l'ambition de faire fortune.
Mais son père veut la contraindre d'épouser un voisin, le sournois Rory Flynn, malgré l'antipathie qu'Ismay éprouve à son égard. Un jour que Rory l'a violemment agressée, elle décide de s'enfuir.
À bord du bateau qui la conduit à l'autre bout du monde, la jeune femme se fait passer pour une veuve désargentée et se lie d'amitié avec Adam Treagar.
Au fil du voyage, entre Suez et Singapour, les sentiments qu'ils éprouvent l'un pour l'autre évoluent. Ismay craint alors que sa réelle identité soit découverte. Mais Adam, lui-même, lui a-t-il dit toute la vérité ?
Quatre soeurs enfin réunies en Australie. Mais les péripéties continuent... Dans la veine des sagas de Colleen MucCulloug, Tamara McKinley et Sarah Lark
La bonne fortune des soeurs Blake Réunies dans l'outback australien, les quatre soeurs Blake se réjouissent d'être à nouveau ensemble.Pour Cassandra, qui a retrouvé Reece, l'homme qu'elle aime, la colonie de Swan River apparaît comme un refuge inespéré. Surtout depuis qu'elle attend un enfant, fruit d'un viol, mais que Reece décide d'accepter comme le sien.Lorsqu'un émissaire arrive d'Angleterre pour annoncer qu'un héritage considérable attend les soeurs, Pandora, la plus jeune, y voit la chance de retrouver son Lancashire natal.Mais le chemin du retour pourrait être plus rude que prévu. Pour rejoindre le bateau à Outham, elle devra en effet traverser des contrées hostiles, avant de franchir sur les mers une moitié du globe. Épreuves qui ne seraient rien, sans l'apparition d'un ennemi inattendu... et déterminé.Un amour aussi neuf que soudain éveillera-t-il en elle le courage d'affronter son destin ?
Après le succès de la trilogie Cassandra, le premier volet de la nouvelle saga d'Anna Jacobs, qui met en scène la jeune Keara, contrainte de quitter l'Irlande et ceux qu'elle aime pour l'Australie et se faire une place au soleil.
Irlande, début des années 1860. Keara Michaels ne quitterait pour rien au monde sa terre natale et ses deux soeurs. Mais le destin est parfois cruel... Enceinte et sans le sou, elle est contrainte de traverser les océans pour gagner l'Australie. Toute seule : le père de son futur enfant, qui est marié, ne l'accompagnera pas.
Dans le même temps, Mark Gibson, un chercheur d'or, doit fuir le Lancashire pour échapper à la vengeance de son beau-père. Et tenter sa chance à l'autre bout du monde. C'est à Rossall Springs, à deux heures de route de Melbourne, qu'il ouvrira une auberge...
Est-ce là que Keara rencontrera l'homme de sa vie ? Le premier volet de la nouvelle trilogie d'Anna Jacobs, la romancière aux trois millions d'exemplaires vendus dans le monde.
Angleterre, 1861. Cassandra, qui a élevé ses trois soeurs après la mort de leur mère, est enlevée par sa tante. Celle-ci contraint ses ses nièces à quitter leur Lancashire natal pour l'Australie. Début d'une nouvelle vie. Dans la lignée des succès de Sarah Lark et Tamara McKinley.
1861. Le Lancashire subit la crise. Privé es de coton, les filatures ferment une a une en Angleterre, plongeant la population dans la misè re.Cassandra Blake, ses trois soeurs cadettes et leur pè re Edwin tentent malgré tout de faire face à l'adversité . Mais la mort du patriarche vient tout bouleverser.Leur oncle Joseph décide de prendre ses nièces sous son aile, malgré l'opposition de son acaria tre épouse, qui commandite en secret l'enle vement de Cassandra. Elle menace alors ses soeurs de faire subir à la jeune femme les pires sé vices si elles ne quittent pas le pays...Contraintes de dire adieu à leur Lancashire natal, elles embarquent pour l'Australie. Les quatre soeurs parviendront- elles à se retrouver à l'autre bout du monde, et à construire une vie nouvelle ?Une saga au souffle puissant, qui nous entraîne dans une Australie encore sauvage, ou tous les rê ves sont permis.
Après le succès de la trilogie Cassandra, le premier volet de la nouvelle saga d'Anna Jacobs, qui met en scène la jeune Isabella partie de Singapour pour l'Australie dans les années 1860 afin de suivre un homme qu'elle ne connaît pas. Mais qu'elle vient d'épouser... Pour le meilleur ou pour le pire ? " Une héroine inoubliable qui rappelle combien fut périlleuse la vie des premières femmes à s'établir en Australie. "
Si, dans les années 1860, Singapour a tout d'une destination exotique, elle n'en reste pas moins une ville impressionnante pour Isabella, jeune Anglaise sans le sou, orpheline depuis la mort de sa mère.
Ne trouvant pas de place de gouvernante, elle accepte l'offre de M. Lee, un riche marchand chinois. Elle s'installera chez lui et lui enseignera l'anglais. Deux ans plus tard, ce dernier lui présente Bram Deagan, un Irlandais ambitieux souhaitant s'installer en Australie et y ouvrir un négoce. M. Lee pousse Isabella à épouser Bram et à le suivre dans l'aventure...
Début d'une fresque qui verra Isabella et Bram tenter de s'inventer une vie nouvelle dans la colonie de Swan Hill, au coeur de l'Australie sauvage. Mais la vie réserve des dangers, parfois des infortunes. Le bonheur sera-t-il au bout du voyage ?
Après Le Destin de Cassandra et Cassandra et ses soeurs, Anna Jacobs poursuit sa saga avec deux soeurs en quête de liberté et d'indépendance dans l'Australie du XIXe siècle.
1866. Dans l'arrière-pays australien où il n'a pas plu depuis des mois, Maia et Xanthe Blake, 27 ans, les deux soeurs cadettes de Cassandra, abordent un tournant de leur vie.
Maia, gouvernante dans une propriété, est amoureuse de son patron. Mais ce dernier est marié... Xanthe, de son côté, n'a qu'une idée : voyager et retrouver son Lancashire natal.
Les jumelles, qui ont toujours vécu ensemble, parviendront-elles à prendre la bonne décision ? Quitte à accepter d'être séparées ? À moins que l'arrivée d'un inconnu ne chamboule leurs projets...
Le destin, parfois, peut vous transporter bien au-delà vos rêves.
" Avec cette saga se déroulant à l'époque de l'Australie des pionniers, Anna Jacobs signe une série mémorable ! " goodreads.com
Seventeen-year-old Liza is happy working as a lady's maid - until her employers decide to emigrate and her father makes up his mind that she is to wed an older widower whom she detests. Determined to avoid a loveless marriage, Liza plans to run away, and when the widower rapes her in order to force her to marry him, she flees back to the family for whom she worked, and they all set out on the long voyage to Australia. On board ship Liza realises she has fallen pregnant, and that even if she can survive the journey, the demanding life of a settler in 1850s Western Australia will be made even harder by an illegitimate child. But Liza is to find that in addition to deprivation of the worst sort, Australia will offer her opportunities she could never have dreamt of back home in Lancashire.
Carrie Preston is used to hard work - oldest of ten, with an incompetent mother and a drunken father, she struggles to find food for her siblings. But nothing could have prepared her for the day fate deals her family the cruellest of hands, rendering them more desperate than ever. In a harsh world, small acts of kindness can bring great hope - Eli Beckett's offer of a job at the Dragon pub promises a better future for Carrie, especially as Eli's uncle has offered his nephew some spare land to build a music room. With the great cities of England alive to the sound of music halls, the locals of Hedderby are soon looking forward to their own place of celebration and merriment. Yet not everyone in the town shares this excitement, and some will stop at nothing in the pursuit of selfish gain.
Lizzie Kershaw is an independent spirit; ever since her father's death she has had to be a survivor. She makes an ill-advised marriage in order to escape her harsh home life. However, she quickly discovers that she has married a selfish and violent man. His beatings are ceaseless and she finds herself compelled to run away. With the help of some suffragettes, she escapes to Manchester, where she finds work in a munitions factory for a while. Sam manages to find her and drags her home. It is only when his violence causes her to lose their unborn baby that Lizzie really finds the strength to make things change, and to find happiness with a man who loves her.
Dora Preston has guts but it will take more than that for her to break free from Hedderby and make a life for herself on the stage. Then she meets Gideon - and pursuing her ambitions becomes even harder. Gideon has returned from the fighting in India only to discover that an impostor has stolen his inheritance. He has vowed he will claim his birthright but his enemies are ruthless and desperate. Arson attacks, crime and drunkenness have beset the Lancashire mill town, but the forces of goodness are rallying and are determined to prevail, whatever it takes.
The Great War opened up an exciting new career for Vi in London. But that was yesterday. Now, the war's over, her husband is dead and she needs to pick up the pieces of her life. On her way home she meets a man who needs her help. Recently demobbed, Joss Bentley has no job or home, and with his wife dead, there's a new baby to care for -- and it's not his. As he searches grimly for its real father, he runs up against people who will use any means necessary to conceal dark secrets ...and Vi finds herself faced with conflicting loyalties. Whichever way she moves, it seems she'll hurt someone -- or they'll hurt her...
Ellen Dawson is glad when the Great War ends, but sad that Lady Bingram's aides are to be disbanded. She can't bear to go back into service again after working as a driver and mechanic in London. But she is forced by her mother's illness to accept her old position as housemaid in order to stay in the small Lancashire town, and her stepfather will stop at nothing to get her under his control again. Meanwhile, Seth Talbot is also facing difficulties when he takes over as local policeman in a town where the law has been flouted for years ...
The triumphant follow-up to THE PRIDE OF LANCASHIRE, continuing the story of the Preston family, by saga writer Anna Jacobs. Marjorie is the pretty one of the Preston sisters. So pretty that when a performer at her sister's music room breaks her leg, Marjorie is asked to fill in as the assistant to the singer Denby Sinclair. He offers to take her with him, away from Lancashire and into London theatres. It seems as if her dreams will come true, but Denby is not what he seems. He has a dangerous secret, which, if it were to be revealed, would ruin her. Marjorie, however, is reckless and will take any risk for a chance to work on the stage. And when disaster strikes, she is left alone and away from the North. Can she regain her heart's desire and find happiness again? Just as it seems she has overcome her troubles, another danger arises in Hedderby, one that threatens her and her family.
Singapore in the 1860s is exotic and yet terrifying for a penniless Englishwoman, alone and vulnerable after her mother's death. Too pretty to obtain a governess's job, Isabella Saunders accepts an offer from a Singapore merchant to teach him English and live with his family. Two years later Bram Deagan arrives in Singapore, determined to make his fortune as a trader. Mr Lee sees a way to expand his business connections and persuades Isabella to marry Bram. Bravely, she sets sail for a new land and life. But the past casts a long shadow and together they face unexpected dangers. Will they find a way to achieve their dreams of a successful trading business?
Ismay Deagan has one wish in the world - to leave Ireland and join her brother, Bram, in Australia. However, her father has other ideas and orders her to marry their vicious neighbour Rory Flynn, even though she loathes him. But after Rory brutally attacks her Ismay realises she has to escape. So, disguising herself as an impoverished young widow, she sets sail for Australia, hoping to be reunited with her brother. When she meets Adam Treagar on the ship, she finally starts to believe her dreams of future happiness may come true. But before they even reach their destination they are flung into adventures in Suez, Ceylon and Singapore... Can Ismay tell Adam the truth about who she really is? What secrets is Adam himself hiding? And will Ismay's past catch up with her and threaten her new life in Australia, before it has even begun?
Her husband was killed in the Great War. His wife is dead. Why not journey to the other side of the world and start again from scratch? What does it matter if they don't know each other, they will in time, after all? Norah thinks it is the most stupid idea she has ever heard. But Andrew needs no persuading. His kids are without a mother, he lives in a Lancashire town with no prospects: he can't wait to build a new life for himself in Australia. The government will even give ex-servicemen a farm, as long as they clear the land themselves. The only thing he needs is a wife to join him and time is short. Then Norah's father dies and there is nowhere for her or her daughter to go. For the first time in her life she decides to do something crazy. It may be madness to follow a man she barely knows to an untamed land of heat, spiders and endless bush far from home, but it may also be the answer to all her dreams.
In the untamed outback of Western Australia, the Blake sisters are together again despite what seemed like unsurmountable odds.For Cassandra - reunited again with the man she loves - the Swan River Colony is a refuge that seems like a miracle after her ordeals. And two of her sisters have fallen in love with their new way of life. But then a messenger arrives from faraway England, and it is the fourth sister, Pandora, who jumps at the chance to make her way back to the Lancashire moors that she misses so badly. The way home, though, will be even harder than the voyage to Australia. The only ship that can take her and her new protector back to England lies many days' journey away, across country that would daunt even a hardened explorer. And when she reaches Outham, a devious, dangerous enemy will do anything to prevent her from taking charge of her family's inheritance . . .In the sequel to FAREWELL TO LANCASHIRE, Anna Jacobs once again evokes brilliantly both the hardships and the indomitable bravery of the first settlers in the Swan River Colony, and the life they left behind them.
Three Blake sisters remain in the Swan River Colony in 1866 and two are quite happy to forge new lives for themselves there.The third, Xanthe, yearns to see the world. But even if she could afford to travel, could she persuade her beloved twin to let her go? Maia has fallen in love with their employer, and would surely be happiest staying behind with him.Xanthe's opportunity comes in the form of a handsome Irishman bringing some of the sisters' inheritance from England. But for Maia, the same man brings trouble in his wake - someone who has the power to make her life a misery.Both sisters' reserves of courage and endurance will be tested before they can finally find a home to call their own.
Gwynna had fallen from grace once, bearing a stillborn child out of wedlock. Determined to have a respectable future, she finds a position for herself as a nursemaid at Hungerton House. But just as she begins to find her feet, the secrets of her past are revealed. She is swiftly dismissed but not before she becomes the target of a lascivious groom. And even afterwards she is pursued by Hungerton, an evil old man who wishes to send her back to the gutters. She returns home to Hedderby, only to find the small Lancashire town reeling after the arson attack on the local pub and music hall, The Pride. Her only ally is a talented carpenter, also once employed by Hungerton. His former employer will stop at nothing, however, to bring him back to the estate. Will money buy revenge and destroy two lives, or will the young lovers find a way to achieve their dreams?
At eighteen Cathie longs for more than life as a settler in the Australian bush. She accepts her uncle's offer to send her to England and runs away from her family, not realising he is using her to get revenge on his sister Liza. Attacked at the docks in Liverpool, Cathie takes refuge with the man who saved her, a man who has his own troubles. But as she slowly regains her memory and meets her Lancashire relatives, she must confront the legacy of her mother's past. And even in 1876, the same wealthy families who forced her mother to leave Lancashire are still powerful enough to threaten Cathie's happiness and safety, as well as that of anyone close to her.
Bestselling saga author Anna Jacobs' novel of life in nineteenth century Lancashire and Australia.'Catherine Cookson fans will cheer.' - Peterborough Evening Telegraph Keara Michaels doesn't want to leave her family in Ireland, but fate sends her first to Lancashire, then across the sea to Australia, pregnant and penniless. And Theo Mullane, the man who loves her, is married, with an ailing baby son, so cannot follow her as he longs to.Mark Gibson leaves Lancashire to avoid marriage. But gold prospecting is a dangerous pursuit, and when his gentle young wife dies in childbirth, his father-in-law kidnaps the baby. So Mark runs away again, this time to Western Australia, where he employs Keara in his country inn.But danger threatens them all, even in the bush, as Keara searches for her lost sisters, Theo comes looking for the woman he loves, and Mark at last confronts his past.
In 1863 the authorities send Irish orphans Ismay and Mara to Australia against their will. Worse, on arrival they're separated from one another. While Ismay is forced to take a job as a maid, miles away in the country, Mara must stay in the care of the catholic mission. Desperate to be reunited, they both run away but Ismay soon runs into danger out in the bush. She is saved by Malachi Firth, but although he's attracted to her, he doesn't want to be encumbered with a wife.
Meanwhile, their elder sister Keara has not forgotten them. However, she has had her own struggles to face and by the time she reaches Melbourne she finds that the trail is cold. Danger continues to threaten all three sisters. Will they ever find one another again?
Recently widowed, Hannah Firth is still young - young enough to dream of a new life. When her spiteful daughter-in-law uses her as an unpaid servant, Hannah tries to leave, but she is unaware of the depths that Patty's spite will lead her to. Nathaniel Ki
Rachel Smedling is not like the other women in her isolated Pennine village: she is taller, stronger and weaves cloth like a man. Without her, the household would fall apart, for her mother is ailing and her vicious drunkard father seems to hate her so much, he would happily offer money to any man who would wed her. When her mother dies, Rachel is at the mercy of her increasingly violent father. Her only escape is by marrying a kindly man with whom she finds happiness, if not passion, and her life begins to seem complete. Rachel's growing prosperity infuriates her father and his cronies, however, and they will stop at nothing to see her destroyed.