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The Widow of Ballarat by Darry Fraser
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it was amazing

The Widow of Ballarat is an enchanting novel about the struggles of men and women as they negotiate the perils of Australian life during the gold rush era of the mid 1800s. We meet Nell, a young, head strong lady who is forced into marriage to a ruthless, abusive man. Many know of the husbands' behaviours but little is said and Nell has to suffer. From adversity, Nell is determined to survive and thrive but it will take a mammoth effort of self preservation and determination. Who are her friends, who can she trust, and will she ever fall in love?

Darry Fraser is a very talented author and the research she has conducted and included in this story is evident. This is a rich tale of the trials and tribulations of a significant era in Australian history, and it is clear that the author has worked hard to recreate stories of that time for this novel. This story easily stands alone in a single novel but I have heard there is a prequel which I am very eager to read.

Thank you to Beauty and Lace Book Club, Mira (Harlequin Enterprises) and Darry Fraser for the opportunity to read this fascinating story.
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Reading Progress

December 22, 2018 – Started Reading
December 31, 2018 – Shelved
January 1, 2019 – Finished Reading

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