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The Trader's Reward by Anna Jacobs
  

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The final book in her Australian Traders series follows Bram’s brother Fergus as he takes his family of eight (over three generations) out to Western Australia in the 1870s. Once we have the dynamics of the family sorted out, most of the rest of the story concentrates on the voyage there. With cramped steerage conditions, the class divide and dramatic incident, it is a difficult voyage well described. The experiences in their new life is fascinating. Anna Jacobs is an excellent author developing characters you really care for.


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The Trader's Reward by Anna Jacobs

1871. When Fergus Deagan's wife dies in childbirth, she makes him promise to take their family to Western Australia to join his brother Bram, also to marry again. She's right. His young sons and newborn daughter do need a mother's love and he needs something different. Disowned by her father for becoming pregnant, Cara Payton bears a stillborn baby. She's in deep despair, until a plea to wetnurse a motherless baby gives her life new purpose. When Fergus proposes marriage, she accepts. She respects him and is happy to stay with the baby she now loves. During the voyage to Australia, she and Fergus draw closer. Then her past rears its ugly head and they face a terrible crisis. When they finally get to Fremantle, Fergus and Bram, always rivals, struggle to make friends. To make matters worse, Bram has financial problems and there is no railway where Fergus can find engineering work. Can the two brothers solve their problems? Will the newcomers find a way to build a new life?

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'This story has something happening on every page...great characters and the ensemble of secondary characters flow easily with some quite complicated plots flowing well around the central story.'
Australian Romance Readers Association

About the Author

Anna Jacobs grew up in Lancashire and emigrated to Australia, but still visits the UK regularly to see her family and do research, something she loves. She is addicted to writing and figures she'll have to live to be 120 at least to tell all the stories that keep popping up in her imagination and nagging her to write them down. She's also addicted to her own hero, to whom she's been happily married for many years. Anna Jacobs' novel Pride of Lancashire won the Australian Romantic Book of the Year Award in 2006.

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Publication date

8th April 2014

Author

Anna Jacobs

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www.annajacobs.com/

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Publisher

Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Hardback
400 pages

Categories

Sagas

ISBN

9781444761283

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