" 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 ?
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
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 ?
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.
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 ca
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.
Emmy Carter's mother is a prostitute - and her life has made Emmy determined to avoid the same fate. But Emmy is beautiful, so attracts unwanted attention; her mother's protector has his eye on her, as does evil Marcus Armistead, her employer's nephew. Marcus is excited by Emmy's virginity and has her kidnapped, but Emmy hits him over the head and escapes. Marcus, futher enraged, kills her mother and becomes even more determined to rape Emmy, but the combined efforts of the local parson and Emmy's young suitor manage to keep her safe from harm. Finally Emmy sees Marcus get his just desserts, finds out who her father was, and attains the respectability she has so longed for.
Calico Road runs through a tiny Lancashire hamlet up on the edge of the moors, miles from anywhere. Its folk are an independent breed -- and in 1827 they are a thorn in the side of the vicious mill owner in the valley below. Toby Fletcher's father ignored his bastard son while alive. Now Toby is the new owner of the rambling old inn, an unwitting keeper of its secrets. Then Meg Staley comes to Calico, a woman who was strong enough to survive one tragedy, but found it harder to withstand a second blow. Toby finds her wandering the moors, cold and starving, and brings her back to the inn. Working there, Meg starts to rebuild her life and find a fragile happiness. But then the secrets of Calico Road come crashing down on her and those she has grown to love ...
Banished from her home by a jealous stepmother, Annie Gibson finds work in a doctor's household, where she learns of the world beyond Salem Street. When her childhood sweetheart asks her to marry him, all her dreams come true, but suddenly abandoned and pregnant, her life is turned upside-down.
In 1845 Annie Gibson can finally leave Salem Street. Her dreams of being able to open an elegant dressmaking salon in the High Street of Bilsden, a Lancashire mill town, have come true. And she is going to take her father and his second family with her, away from poverty, away from the Rows.
But Annie has not left trouble behind. Someone is trying to undermine her business. Her family have their own ideas about what they want to do with their lives. And several men are persistently trying to win favour with the beautiful young widow - including Frederick Hallam, the mill owner, and Daniel O'Connor, her childhood friend.
As Annie gets better acquainted with both, she becomes increasingly confused about her feelings. Can she really be in love? And can she risk trusting any man again?
It's 1848 and preparations are underway for Annie Gibson's wedding to Bilsden's wealthy millwoner, Frederick Hallam. But not everyone is as pleased as they are.
Frederick's daughter, Beatrice, is horrified at the prospect of a new attractive stepmother arriving at the house on Ridge Hill. Even Annie's own family feels threatened. The only person who seems pleased is Tom, Annie's brother.
Soon, however, real troubles begin to pile up for the Gibsons. Tom's happiness is jeopardised by the news that he is father to a child he never knew about. Annie's son, William, is devastated to find out that his real father is not the man who brought him up. And even Annie's joy cannot last. Because someone has uncovered the secrets she has fought so hard to keep hidden...
In 1858 Annie Hallam has at last found complete happiness. She has three healthy babies and adores her husband Frederick. After years of struggling to make a living in the small Lancashire town of Bilsden, Annie knows she deserves to sit back and enjoy her life - after all, she's not yet forty, and still in her prime.
But worries - at first faint clouds on the horizon - are imminent. Frederick has been looking pale and ill lately. Her brother Tom hasn't moved on after the death of his wife. Rebecca, her half-sister, is longing for something more than her work in the salon. And William, her son, isn't happy at university. In spite of Frederick's gentle urging not to take the entire burden of the Gibson family on her shoulders, Annie can't help feeling concerned.
And something much more dangerous is looming - a threat not only to Annie's peace of mind, but to her life...
It is 1860 in Bilsden, the Lancashire mill town, and Frederick Hallam is dying. But first he makes secret plans to smooth the future path for his beloved wife Annie. Her sister, Joanie, is fed up with everything until a dshing new admirer crosses her path. But a spurned suitor is determined that Joanie will be his, whatever the cost. And he is not the only one who wants to harm the Gibson family.
Meanwhile the Civil War in America cuts off cotton supplies, so that times are hard in Bilsden and unemployment is rife. Annie had to rebuild her life after her husband's death and plans to create Spinners Lake, an extraordinary project that will keep her workers from destitution and assuage her own grief.
Tian Gilchrist is caught up in the American war and nearly dies there. He fights his way back to Bildsen, to Annie, whom he has never forgotten.
And the plans that Frederick made for Annie will change her life in unforeseen ways, bringing her hope and happiness once again...
Little Billy is the light of Polly's life -- it's for her son's sake that she puts up with an unkind mother-in-law and an isolated farm. Then Billy is knocked down by a car, his father killed attempting to save his life, and Polly, cast off by her husband's family, is left with a child who may never walk or talk again. Polly's own family, the Kershaws, provide all the support they can, but they are unable to outmanoeuvre the malicious Dr Browning-Baker , who is determined to have Billy taken away from his mother, depriving him of the exercises and stimulation that are his only hope. Forced to flee to the Fylde coast, Polly and Billy find that their future may lie with another damaged family -- an ex-Army captain whose First World War marriage was a terrible mistake, and his daughter, who has never recovered from the hostility of the mother she loves. But danger threatens their fragile happiness...
Eva Kershaw thought she would never marry, and is happy living a quiet life with her dear friend Alice. But Alice is ill, and her nephew has thrust himself into their household. Alice's dearest wish is that Eva should not make the same mistakes she did, a