Australian historical romance

D+
The Bushranger's Wife

I was genuinely excited by the prospect of this book. Australia is not a hard sell for me – I associate it with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman in the movie Australia, and Colleen McCullough’s exasperating and excellent book The Thorn Birds. In The Bushranger’s Wife, it is 1861 and Prudence ...

A-
An Unconventional Heiress

Circa 1810, Sydney society is in transition. The new governor Lachlan Macquarie is raising the status of freed convicts (‘emancipists’), much to the wrath of exclusives who arrived from the United Kingdom freely and, often, temporarily. Sarah Langley, wealthy gentlewoman newly arrived in the cit ...

C+
Wenna

I initially picked this book up because of its unusual setting.  While Wenna provides a vivid picture of life in colonial Australia, I often found myself frustrated with both the hero and heroine. The book is well written, and definitely has some strong scenes, but much of the tension comes from a ...

B
September Moon

I haven't read too many historical romances that take place in Australia. At first, I thought September Moon was going to be just like those American Historicals that take place on the frontier - lots of hardship, wildness and danger. It is. And yet, it is different. Ms. Proctor brings all the stran ...

A
Night in Eden

I don't get a chance to eat out at elegant restaurants much, so when I go, I invariably choose a dish I've had before. I don't want to waste my time, dollars, and calories on a meal I've never tried and that I might not like. Then I'd be disappointed and wish I hadn't experimented. I s ...