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Daughter of the Murray by Darry Fraser
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Georgie Calthorpe had been living with her Uncle Tom, Aunt Jemimah and cousin Elspeth at the homestead Jacaranda on the Murray River for the past few years and was terribly unhappy. The house had fallen into disrepair; the stock and grazing were negligible – her only pleasure was riding the few remaining horses. MacNamara and Douglas were the two she favoured, though MacNamara was the one she rode most often. But the day the son of the household, Dane MacHenry arrived home after four years absence was the day it all changed for Georgie.

In view of Dane’s anger at the state of the homestead, and blaming Georgie for its decline, she decided to flee. But Georgie was an innocent and naïve young woman, not used to the way of the country away from the security of the place she’d called home. Meanwhile Dane was livid to discover Georgie had fled with his beloved horse, MacNamara. He gave chase, heading for Echuca where he was sure she would be holed up…

Conor Foley was an astute businessman who owned and ran paddle steamers up and down the Murray River, delivering supplies to the outlying communities. He also had his eye on Georgie for his wife. What would happen when he discovered Georgie missing from her home? And would Foley be able to fulfil his wish to marry Georgie and take her to his home in Melbourne?

Daughter of the Murray is set in country Victoria in the 1890s when women had no say and the suffragette voices were just beginning to be heard. Aussie author Darry Fraser has chosen a beautiful part of the country for the setting of her historical fiction novel - the Murray River and surrounding countryside is awash with birds and wildlife, thick with bush and the river is peaceful and tranquil (mostly) I’ve been there and love the area. I didn’t enjoy the first half of the novel as much as the second; parts of the voice didn’t seem to fit the time frame and didn’t feel like a trait of the era. That said, I would still recommend Daughter of the Murray to historical fiction fans.

With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this copy to read in exchange for my honest review.
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Reading Progress

October 19, 2016 – Shelved
October 19, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
October 19, 2016 – Shelved as: 2016-release
October 19, 2016 – Shelved as: aussie-authors
October 19, 2016 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
October 23, 2016 – Shelved as: arc
October 23, 2016 – Shelved as: net-galley
November 22, 2016 – Started Reading
November 22, 2016 – Shelved as: own-read
November 22, 2016 – Shelved as: read-on-kindle
November 23, 2016 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Deanna (last edited Dec 14, 2016 10:44PM) (new)

Deanna Nice honest review!!

Brenda Thanks Deanna :)

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