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A powerful novel from master storyteller Jackie French

The soldiers she saved called her the Angel of Waterloo.

The husband she loved and lost called her Hen.

The patients she treated in secret called her Auntie Love.

She was Henrietta Bartlett, a surgeon's daughter, a survivor of the Napoleonic Wars. But now the battlefield is just a blood-soaked memory, and Hen dreams of peace, a home, and a society that allows women to practise medicine.

On the other side of the world, the newly founded colony of New South Wales seems a paradise. But Europe's wars cast long shadows....

From best-selling author Jackie French comes the story of one woman's journey from the hell of Waterloo to colonial Australia, where she can forge her own dreams in a land of many nations.

©2020 Jackie French (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Among the best of books

This was a truly wonderful book. I feel like I have been looking to read a book that weaves a story around Australian colonisation for a long time. It captures the beauty and harshness of the landscape, the horror of the times, and the wonder of it too. I was engrossed from start to finish.

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I loved everything about this book.…the characters, the progression, the support, the understanding, tje strength, the love, the settings and of course the narration. I was completely engaged with every second of the story.

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Why aren't there more Aunty Hens?

Could such a forthright woman have existed? Little Black Princess meets Secret River, Black Emu and Jane Austen. An enjoyable listen.

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What a cracking story.

I did not expect to be so completely captivated by the characters, the plot and the details of life in colonial Australia. So grateful for the author’s acknowledgments and explanation at the conclusion of this audio book. I think I am ok with how the story ended….

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