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Publisher's Summary

There was only one way she could guarantee her future.... and she knew that she would take it.
Bella Tucker has come a long way. Born illegitimate and banished to the London slums by her vindictive stepmother, at six Bella is rescued by her grandfather and brought up as a member of the aristocratic Richmond family. Her future seems assured when she falls passionately in love with Charles Hardy, heir to the wealthy Hardy estate – until her grandfather’s death changes everything....
Heartbroken and headstrong, Bella flees to Australia, where she is offered a job by the charismatic Garth Tucker, owner of Miranda Downs, a vast cattle station in the stunning and remote Pilbara region. After several near disasters, she finds herself falling in love with Garth amidst the dust, heat and the endless expanse of bush.
Together, Bella and Garth become major players in the new mining industry, allowing Bella to build her dream home, the sprawling homestead, ‘Desire’. But after Garth’s unfortunate death, Bella is forced to deal with circumstances that bring the family close to ruin ... and the business Bella and Garth have built to the brink of collapse.
Can Bella untangle the lies and save the business and her family home? And will she ever lay eyes again on the man she never ceased to love, Charles Hardy?
©2014 J. H. Fletcher (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Like Woman of Substance but set in Australia." (Selwa Anthony, literary agent)
"A big, easy read, satisfyingly laced with solid research, romance and surprises." (The Advertiser)
"Guaranteed to linger on in the mind for days after it is finished." (The Newcastle Herald)
"This is another story which will delight Fletcher's world-wide fans." (Ballarat Courier)
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By A. on 06-01-15

Great book

After starting this book, I wanted to hideaway in a corner and listen to the end. I hated to have to put it down but life must go on. I always enjoy reading about characters with strong positive attitudes like the one in this book, especially as she survived all of her trials and tribulations as a child, young adult and as a woman in business at that time. And finally what appeared to be her natural aptitude for business made the book even more interesting.

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By Sostrander on 05-15-15

Great Book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it was a great story and easy to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

I like how it went from the past to the present, back in forth.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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By Elaine Goolsby on 08-25-17

Fantastic listen

A fantastic book, I was bereft when I had to turn it off, I couldn't get enough of it

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By Anonymous User on 12-19-17

sweeping, gripping, beautiful, intriguing

From the start the book draws you into the world of Bella, the heroine of this novel.
I loved the intertwining of the past and the present and the writing painted a stunning picture of the old English countryside and the Pilbara.
I enjoyed the sophisticated storyline of the logistics involved in the mining sector and Bella's tenacity to not only succeed but become a magnate in the male dominated industry.
There is even a plot of 'who done it' weaved in which had me guessing and I'm usually very good at picking the twist!
I was sad when this book ended, I want to stay in Bella's life!
Worth the read.

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