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September Moon

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  188 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
In this, her third novel, the multitalented author of Night in Eden returns to the glorious setting of nineteenth-century Australia,to the ancient, primal vistas of the outback, to a land as untamed as a man's soul. . . .

Patrick O'Reilly loves life in the wilderness. All he needs is his land, his work, and the company of the children he adores. The last thing he wants is t
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 5th 1999 by Ivy Books
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Lisa Kay
3 stars.

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I waffled on rating this one between 3 stars to 4 stars. I liked this story set in Australia well enough; in fact, the setting was the best part. Ms. Proctor knows the country and its history and writes it well. However, I could not help thinking Ms. Proctor compromised her ethics a bit (or maybe they’re just my Romanlandia Rules) to write a standard storyline here (governess falls for father of three difficult children - which is a favorit
I read this earthy romance over a decade ago and forgot how much I loved it. It was long before I was reviewing and rating books. Thank you, Lyuda, for reintroducing me to Patrick's and Amanda's story!

Ah, Amanda. She was 27 years old and in dire straits. Her father, a well-known scholar and teacher, died five years before and did not provide for her. Unfortunately, Amanda was raised to have things done for her. She was an educated English gentlewoman but with few actual skills. Cocooned in lonel
Dec 21, 2009 Shannan rated it really liked it
September Moon is an old-fashioned epic historical romance set in the Australian outback. The characters are portrayed with a surprisingly realistic set of social mores, including ethnocentrism, racism, and classism. I loved the fact that I didn't always like them -- that their actions were based on a completely different cultural code than my own. It made their growth more believable, as well as more interesting. I was also pleased to see that the conflict between the two leads is based on ...more
Oct 30, 2010 Tara rated it liked it
3 stars may be generous.
The story was very slow moving and more or less centered on a drought which apparently did (does?) happen in Australia. The romance itself staggered along and by the end I was thinking why even bother. The Hero's children had a big roll in this book which I'm not fond of. And I never felt a huge connection between the kids and the heroine so there was not even an "Awww... Isn't that sweet" moment.
Overall, a little on the depressing side but reading about the settlers an
Dec 18, 2010 Kit★ rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
Good story, I enjoyed reading about Australia and the character development was pretty believable. However, it was somewhat predictable, what with the English governess and three bratty children who all come to love and respect one another with the hunky father who finds that his lust has some real feelings attached.
3.75 stars historical romance

Amanda Davenport finds herself in the raw primitive land of Australia, left with a feeling of hopelessness when her employer dies from a bout of illness leaving her destitute with nowhere to turn to. Amanda, the daughter of a brilliant scholar back in England had been hired by Frances Blake who had been a botanist to act as his secretary, a post that few women were thought capable of handling back then. However, growing up alone with a brilliant scholar because her
Aug 11, 2016 Lyuda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: victorian, australia
Set in the middle of 19th century in the Australian outback, the story is captivating, full of interesting historical details and sense of place. The wild, open dangerous, treacherous place known as Australian outback occupies as big part of the story as a romance between English governess and Australian rancher. After death of her professor father Amanda Davenport worked as a secretary for an English couple. She desperately wanted to leave Australia for her bellowed England. But when her ...more
Jan 22, 2014 Miraphora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-storico
Squillo di trombe! Eureka! Miracolo! Alleluja! Questo è un momento che passerà alla storia! Finalmente sono riuscita a scegliere un romanzo a caso e a beccarne uno che mi è piaciuto da impazzire! Tra i romance raramente mi capita di pescare a naso e rimanere folgorata - che dico! - senza parole durante la lettura del romanzo.
Io e Candice non abbiamo mai fatto amicizia, nonostante il suo nome appaia ad intervalli regolari nelle uscite degli RM. Fino a questo momento, non so perché, non l'avevo m
Aug 05, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, historical
September Moon is the third Candice Proctor novel I have read. I really, really liked this historical romance set in mid 1800's Australia. This book was more lighthearted in tone than Night in Eden, which made it particularly enjoyable, but still beautiful and sweeping in its ambience.

The characters in this book were well written, especially Patrick O'Reilly and Amanda Davenport. Amanda was a great character because underneath her prim facade was a truly passionate young lady hiding from the wor
Regan Walker
Aug 16, 2012 Regan Walker rated it it was amazing
A Masterful Tale from the Queen of Australian Romance

Set in 1864 in Australia, this is a story of love in a foreign land, of discovering the world that opens to your heart when you embrace the things you fear the most. When her employer to whom she was companion dies, Englishwoman Amanda Davenport is suddenly stranded in Port Adelaide, Australia with no funds. Desperate and running out of money, she accepts a position as governess to Patrick O’Reilly’s three children in the isolated wilderness
Aug 28, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-reads, romance
Written in 1999, September Moon is definitely showing its age. The premise - tightly-wound governess moves to the wilds to take charge of an attractive man's children - has worked since Jane Eyre and continues to stand the test of time, but the romance itself smacks of the '80s and '90s where men were men (and men were jerks) and people fell in love because, well, sexual chemistry.

Proctor - who still writes fabulous mysteries under the name C.S. Harris - has talent, and her depictions of ninete
Jan 29, 2016 Patsyann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
It’s all about the romance, a strong male character and a good epilogue!! And this book keeps the romance going. The sexual tension in this book can be cut with a knife. And that tension keeps the story going and the romance perfect!! The hero is the perfect romance hero – he never changes – he is a sexy guy from page 1. The heroine does change – but for the best. And the villain in the story is the outback of Australia. A rugged, hard country that can kill you and age you. Of course, because it ...more
Jul 26, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it
Amanda Davenport is an impoverished companion to an elderly lady living in Australia. When the lady dies, Amanda is desperate to get back to England. In need of money, so she takes a position of Governess to three children living with their father in the Outback.

Patrick O'Reilly loves the wilderness of the Outback. He's not happy that his sister has sent yet another English Governess to care for his children. He finds Amanda so rigid and unbendable, he's not sure she is what the children need. B
Jan 15, 2011 Ilze rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: masochists
Shelves: dnf
Three strikes against this one: the hero who had all the raw materials of a jerk (looks and body to die for, and being VERY aware of it himself) and his 2 older children who were vicious hellions. The heroine had promise, even though initially she was a prissy stuck-up Englishwoman way out of her depth on a remote Australian sheep station. Did not care to finish.

(Even though I did not like this one, I got a HC copy of Night in Eden by Candice Proctor at my local flea market the other day, so I'l
Aug 13, 2015 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Davvero molto bello. Un altro piccolo gioiellino della Proctor, che comincio sempre a leggere senza aspettarmi nulla di particolare, e da cui invece poi rimango sempre molto sorpresa, in senso positivo. L'ambientazione in terra australiana è molto vivida: sembrava quasi di essere là, con i tosatori di pecore, in mezzo all'arsura, la polvere e la siccità dell'Outback australiano.
Sharon Sherman
May 31, 2014 Sharon Sherman rated it really liked it
I love books that show me Austraila and this one did as well as telling a great love story and a family that is determined to stay on the land despite the hardships that might have to be endured.
Nov 29, 2015 Dorothea rated it it was amazing
Loved this romance set in Australia during one of the driest seasons ever!
Great sweet romantic book that won't let you down , especially if your a fan of mail-order bride stories.
Nov 08, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
Loved this story! I was totally sucked in, I loved the sexual tension and chemistry the couple had. Another great one by an amazing author!
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Jan 28, 2011 Candie rated it really liked it
Good descriptions of life in Australia
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Candice Proctor, aka C.S. Harris and C.S. Graham, is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen novels including the Sebastian St. Cyr Regency mystery series written under the name C.S. Harris, the new C.S. Graham thriller series co-written with Steven Harris, and seven historical romances. She is also the author of a nonfiction historical study of the French Revolution. Her books ...more
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“I love you, O'Reilly. When are you going to get that through your thick Aussie skull?"

He laughed softly, and she tilted back her head to look up at him wonderingly, "What's so funny?"

He put his hands on her shoulders and rubbed the tight muscles of her neck. "Do you realize you've never used my first name?" he said. "It's Patrick, you know."

He watched her lips curl into a smile that made his chest ache. "You've always been O'Reilly to me."

"Huh," he grunted. "Except when you're mad. Then I become Mister O'Reilly.”
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