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The Pearler's Wife

Narrated by: Jane Bayly
Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
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Publisher's Summary

From the high seas to the deep seabed, from the latticed verandahs of Buccaneer Bay to the gambling dens in Asia Place, The Pearler's Wife is a stunning debut, inspired by a small yet pivotal moment in Australian history.

A distant land. A dangerous husband. A forbidden love. 

It is 1912, and Maisie Porter stands on the deck of the SS Oceanic as England fades from view. Her destination is Buccaneer Bay in Australia's far northwest. Her purpose: marriage to her cousin Maitland, a wealthy pearling magnate - and a man she has never met.  

Also on board is William Cooper, the Royal Navy's top man. Following a directive from the Australian government, he and 11 other 'white' divers have been hired to replace the predominantly Asian pearling crews. However, Maitland and his fellow merchants have no intention of employing the costly Englishmen for long.... 

Maisie arrives in her new country to a surprisingly cool reception. Already confused by her hastily arranged marriage, she is shocked at Maitland's callous behaviour towards her - while finding herself increasingly drawn to the intriguing Cooper.  

But Maisie's new husband is harbouring secrets - deadly secrets. And when Cooper and the divers sail out to harvest the pearl shell, they are in great danger - and not just from the unpredictable and perilous ocean....

©2018 Roxane Dhand (P)2018 Penguin Random House Australia

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A little known piece of Australia's past

A fascinating story of culture clashes, social expectations, complex relationships, secrets and intrigue, set upon a backdrop of frontier White Australia.

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An interesting read

I found this book a bit hard to get into. The story was good and obviously well researched, I felt like the story could have been more complete... there were lots of things unresolved which is not my preferred style. the characters were well developed and overall I enjoyed this book.

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good listening

I really enjoyed this, i am liking the old australian dramas which i never really bothered with before

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Boring

I found this book story boring.
Waiting for something to happen then when it did it was pretty much brushed over.

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Enjoyable historical fiction

Thoroughly enjoyed this book! The narration made the characters come to life. Couldn't put it down.

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A laid back easy read

A good easy read. A little too slow paced for me but that’s nice for a change too.