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In a Great Southern Land

Narrated by: Holly Robinson
Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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From the soft green hills of Ireland to the wild Shipwreck Coast of Southern Victoria, the rich farm lands of New South Wales to the sudden battlefields of Ballarat, this is an epic story of the cost of freedom and the value of love in a far-flung corner of the world where a new nation struggles to be born. 

It's 1851: After the death of her father, young Eve Richards is destitute. Her struggle to survive sees her deported in chains to the colony of New South Wales, penniless and alone. But here in this strange new world, fortune smiles on the spirited, clever Eve in the shape of a respectable job offer that will lead to a quiet, secure life. Then the fiery and charismatic Irishman Kieran Clancy crosses her path....

For Kieran Clancy, the kindest man on earth, and his brother, Liam, the promise of free passage and land in this brave new world is a chance to leave the grief and starvation of County Clare behind. But while Liam works to farm their land, Kieran has the fire of gold fever upon him and is drawn to the goldfields of Ballarat. As tensions grow on the goldfields, and with the blood of an Irish rebel still beating through his heart, Kieran finds himself caught up in the cataclysmic events at the Eureka Stockade and faces the decision of a lifetime: whether or not, when it comes to love, blood will remain thicker than water....

©2019 Mary-Anne O'Connor (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Intriguing Colonial Story

My first audible book was thoroughly entertaining. This is an intriguing colonial story enhanced by Mary O’ Connor’s ability to transport the reader (listener ) to the mid 1800’s in the UK and Australia. The skilful narration by Holly Robinson created believable characters ( with a range of accents) that caused me to become immersed in the story and made the book hard to ‘put down’.