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Jewel in the North MOBI ´ Jewel in  eBook  Jewel in the North A longstanding feud of land and love, a family torn apart and a quest for the ultimate prizeA breathtaking historical family saga of love, death and forgiveness and a quest for the Jewel in the North The Flinders Ranges are a beautiful but harsh landscape as Joseph Baker, a pastoralist in that unforgiving environment, knows all too well For three generations his family have farmed the land, married and had children at their property at Wildu Creek, but now, struggling with hostility from the local community for his choice of wife, Joseph finds himself fighting to save not just his friends and family but his very existenceHis son William has his own battles to fight not only the drought that takes over the land but his own despair, as he faces rejection from the woman he loves Meanwhile, a ruthless enemy will stop at nothing to take from William what he considers to be his Could the vicious and cunning Charles Wiltshire be his nemesis Or does another man, in a quest for the Jewel of the North, hold the key to his destruction As the First World War looms on the horizon, two men struggle to survive both the elements and each other on a quest to find that they hold dear but only one will have the courage to stand strong The deeply satisfying conclusion to the bestselling Flinders Ranges series I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although it was not until reading other s comments that I realised that it was the third book in a series, an indication that it stands very well on its own.Set in the late 1800 s in the Flinders Ranges, post gold rush days this tale of three families, the Bakers, the Prossers and the Wiltshire s beautifully captures the Victorian values that were still very prevalent in Australia despite there impracticality in the harsh Australian climate.Henry Wiltshire has rai I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although it was not until reading other s comments that I realised that it was the third book in a series, an indication that it stands very well on its own.Set in the late 1800 s in the Flinders Ranges, post gold rush days this tale of three families, the Bakers, the Prossers and the Wiltshire s beautifully captures the Victorian values that were still very prevalent in Australia despite there impracticality in the harsh Australian climate.Henry Wiltshire has raised his son Charles with his same bigoted attitudes towards the natives , the original aboriginal inhabitants of the land, and this contempt is shown not only towards Joseph Baker and his new wife Millie who has aboriginal blood, but also to the now adult children of Joseph and his first wife, William and Robert.The Bakers run sheep on their large leased farm holding, and are friends with the local aborigines who camp on their land William wants to diversify into cattle, so needs to learn about the differences between farming sheep and cattle.Ellis Prosser has the farm next to the Baker s and despite being a man of most unpleasant and violent nature agrees to share his knowledge about cattle with William, that is until Ellis realises that William is also interested in his beautiful daughter Georgina.Charles Wiltshire, although still a teenager, considers that he would be a much better match for Georgina than the native loving William Baker and as he works towards reaching his maturity and wooing Georgina we see what an underhanded, vindictive and nasty person he is.As we follow each of the families up and downs and interactions we see how Stringer artfully combines reality with fantasy to produce a book that is hard to put down.And behind the characters looms the threat of the Protector of Aborigines, a locket engraved with an H, and Joseph Baker s good luck diamond, found many years ago on the property.A most entertaining and well written book Highly recommended Joseph Baker s wife Millie had given him threechildren to add to the four with his first wife Clara and his happiness knew no bounds Living at Wildu Creek with his father Thomas and the whole family meant the homestead was bursting at the seams When Joseph s eldest son William left to take over the running of Smith s Ridge, William was proud his father had faith in his ability to manage the property.William had had his eye on Georgina Prosser to be his wife since he was a young man It s Joseph Baker s wife Millie had given him threechildren to add to the four with his first wife Clara and his happiness knew no bounds Living at Wildu Creek with his father Thomas and the whole family meant the homestead was bursting at the seams When Joseph s eldest son William left to take over the running of Smith s Ridge, William was proud his father had faith in his ability to manage the property.William had had his eye on Georgina Prosser to be his wife since he was a young man It seemed Georgina was also keen, but her father and Joseph Baker were sworn enemies Charles Wiltshire, Henry s son was younger than Georgina but was determined to ask her to be his wife as soon as he turned eighteen The division between the Wiltshire family the Prosser family and the Baker family was well known The feud had been simmering for years With a harsh drought once again gripping the Flinders Ranges and surrounding countryside, the farmers were all feeling the pinch So in turn were the business and home owners in the small town of Hawker Henry Wiltshire and his son Charles were determined to keep attracting the elite and well to do in town to their shop they were also determined to have nothing to do with the natives in the area And it seemed Charles was cut from the same cloth as Henry a cruel and vindictive man, Charles wouldn t be thwarted in anything he d set his mind to Who would be the survivors in the struggle to retain what was theirs Would there ever be happiness for the families on the land they loved Jewel in the North is the third and final episode in the Flinders Ranges series by Aussie author Tricia Stringer, and it was a wonderful, indepth and breathtaking conclusion Moving from the late 1800s through the turn of the century, Federation and beyond, this novel is filled with love, loss and grief plus it also shows what happens in a long standing feud between several generations of families A masterful historical fiction novel, Jewel in the North is set in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia where rains after a long drought is all that is wished for I have no hesitation in recommending this novel highly.With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital copy to read and review in the North features the Flinders Ranges, located in the heart of country South Australia, as the stunning backdrop to Tricia Stringer s historical saga trilogy This Australian saga principally focuses on the lives of two families, the Bakers and the Wiltshires, as they negotiate the harsh landscape of South Australia in the days of early settlement It is a compelling story that exposes the lives, loves, deaths of those who are on a quest to claim t in the North features the Flinders Ranges, located in the heart of country South Australia, as the stunning backdrop to Tricia Stringer s historical saga trilogy This Australian saga principally focuses on the lives of two families, the Bakers and the Wiltshires, as they negotiate the harsh landscape of South Australia in the days of early settlement It is a compelling story that exposes the lives, loves, deaths of those who are on a quest to claim the beauty of the region.In this continuation of the Flinders Rangers series, brought to us by Tricia Stringer, Jewel in the North pays specific attention to the tumultuous times between the years 1895 through to 1914 This is a story that follows the rivalries that continue to exist between the Bakers and Wiltshires The Flinders Ranges series to date has covered the trials and tribulations of three generations of these families that have forged a life for themselves off this unforgiving land, named Wildu Creek After many decades characterised by love, marriages, deaths and struggles over land, the current day Bakers and Wiltshires face their toughest battle yet With so much at stake, both families are tested to their very core, especially when a determined outsider makes their presence known The threat of war also floats in the background, as these men and women dig deep to find all the courage they can to defend what they believe is rightfully belongs to them The final chapter in Tricia Stringer s historical series with leave you breathless with wonder, as the final events of the novel culminate in a dramatic conclusion.I have read this series in completely the wrong order, as Dust on the Horizon the second book in this series was the first book I read After a gap of a few months, I followed Dust on the Horizon with The Jewel in the North As soon as I concluded reading Jewel in the North, I selected Heart of the Country, the opener to this series to read I will say that reading these novels completely out of sequence has not put a dampener on my enjoyment of the novels one bit In fact, Stringer s ability to ensure that each book can be read as a stand alone novel was appreciated Series order issues aside, I completely enjoyed Jewel in the North, even though it was a very weighty read at over 550 pages Tricia Stringer is a South Australian based author and this strong affinity with the land in which she lives is reflected in her writing The level of research Stringer has undertaken to bring Wildu Creek, the central location for this novel and surrounds to life, is palpable In addition, Stringer s commitment to getting the historical aspects of her novel correct is admirable The opportunity to gain an authentic insight into South Australia s history, during the late 1800 s through to the early 1900 s, was welcomed It is this strong historical grounding and attention to the sense of place in her novel that makes Jewel in the North a worthy final instalment to this series.The narrative in Jewel in the North is well crafted Stringer incorporates a compelling tale, centered on the usual struggles faced by families of any time love, marriage, births and deaths Stringer also adds specific period detail to the mix These include storylines focussed on drought, land rights, floods, federation, the changing role of women and the beginnings of the stolen generation In particular, Stringer intertwines a subtle background of what life was like for the local indigenous people in this area and the influence of European settlement Land ownership plays a significant part in this historical yarn and Stringer uses story arc to highlight the feuds, often deadly ones, that played out over land possession between pastoralists and the local indigenous people.It is easy to develop strong feelings towards the characters featured in Jewel in the North As this is a follow on from the previous two books in the series, there are some familiar faces, as well as some new ones to shake up the storyline Love them or hate them, the characters that drive Jewel in the North s plotline along are compelling in their own unique ways.The last chapter in Tricia Stringer s Flinders Ranges series was a fitting one and I felt satisfied when the book came to a close A story filled with great hardships, injustices, suffering and with the theme of pure survival at its core, Jewel in the North gives us a glimpse of what life was like for our pioneering families of Australia Jewel in the North is the powerful closing story to a fine historical family saga, written by a wonderful Australian storyteller, Tricia Stringer I received a copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway and the publisher, Harlequin Books Australia, in exchange for an honest review This one s hefty at 564 pages that s a trade paperback, too best not to read late at night in case you drop it on your face as I did Set in the Flinders Ranges, and reflecting the author s love of the landscape, Jewel in the North tells the story of the Bakers, who battle drought, prejudice and jealousy as they make a life for themselves on the land A well crafted tale of loves and losses, courage and cowardice, this one will tempt lovers of historical sagas, as well as those already famil This one s hefty at 564 pages that s a trade paperback, too best not to read late at night in case you drop it on your face as I did Set in the Flinders Ranges, and reflecting the author s love of the landscape, Jewel in the North tells the story of the Bakers, who battle drought, prejudice and jealousy as they make a life for themselves on the land A well crafted tale of loves and losses, courage and cowardice, this one will tempt lovers of historical sagas, as well as those already familiar with the Flingers Ranges series

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