15 August 2014

Friday Freebits-More from Distant Mountains Settlers Book 2

 Even in the prospering colony of New South Wales, it would be far-fetched to think a convicted man could consider marrying the daughter of a wealthy property owner.
But Remy has larger problems to contend with than Sara’s bigoted father. Forced to leave the woman he loves behind, Remy faces overwhelming odds and an ordeal that threatens to strip him of everything; his pride, his strength, his health—even his life.
Sara has many struggles of her own and when Remy finally thinks he has a future with Sara within his grasp, he is sent to a place where pain and suffering are everyday occurrences. Will the lovers ever find true happiness?

 “I loved this story. It has everything. Happiness, tears, love, hate. I recommend it highly for all lovers of romantic adventure tales.
Barbara M. Hodges eBook Ecstasy ezine 4 Diamonds ****

“The author has delivered an accurate and compelling story of a convict's life, touching on those of gold miners and the growing town of Sydney. The evocative writing and the increasingly dire straits that Remy and Sara find themselves in, make for an excellent read."
Leanne Shawler for eBook Reviews Weekly

"Tricia McGill takes us to the Australian colonial period in this rather dark saga of Remy and Sara. I love books where the scenery is vivid, there are characters that "live", and the characters are truly to cheer and boo for. This book has all of that and more. It scores high on the "lost in the story" list…

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Now here's my six. Poor Rem is entranced by Sara--he's heading for many setbacks along the path to true love.

      “You might be wishing you'd stayed in Sydney, but I can’t tell you how happy I am you're here.” Rem gave Sara his most beguiling smile, one nurtured in the past year. Agnes, usually the recipient of such smiles, tended the children at a smaller table set aside for them. Her antipathy toward the beauty at Rem’s side was blatant. If looks were daggers, Sara would have been dead within five minutes of Agnes setting sight on her. Poor insignificant Agnes.

       “I don’t know which is worse, to be candid. I wished we’d never come out to this country of savages, but my father was convinced a fortune was waiting to be made.” She flicked a glance at her father, now boring Tiger with a discourse on trading practices. Tiger’s expression clearly showed his indifference to her father’s monologue. 

       “And has he made his fortune yet?” Rem didn’t take his eyes from her face. Every move she made entranced him more and more. He couldn’t give a brass farthing for her father’s possessions, but anything that got her talking was worth the effort.

       “He’s wealthy, if that’s what you mean. My mother and I are allowed to purchase whatever we need to make us presentable in society.”

       “Society?” Rem laughed, glancing about. “Hardly that out here.”


       She picked sparingly at the food set before her. “You’re right. We could all walk around in plain clothes and not give a fig for our appearance, and who would know or care? It really is a land of savages.” The poignancy of her quiet statement struck him in the heart. 

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5 comments:

  1. Hi Tricia,
    Lovely excerpt, makes me want to red more.

    Regards

    Margaret

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  2. While you are already enjoying your Friday, I'm off to bed this Thursday night. I'm reading Mystic Mountain right now and if this story is half as good, I'll be reading it. I can't stop turning pages, and I love the authentic voices that make me feel like I'm standing right there. Love it!

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  3. Thank you so much, Ginger and Margaret. It's a beautiful day here in Oz and there is a touch of spring in the air.

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  4. Sense a coming storm between Remy, Sara, and Agnes; a provocative six.

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  5. got on there--nice stuff--ladies and I love these tales of the wild Australian frontier!

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