The Widow of Ballarat

by Darry Fraser

On Sale: 19/11/2018

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About the Book

A compulsively readable story of passion, adventure and a woman's quest for independence set against the colourful backdrop of 19th century Bendigo and the goldfields of Ballarat.

1854, Ballarat, Victoria When Nell Amberton's husband is shot dead by a bushranger, there are few who grieve his passing, and Nell least of all. How could she miss the monster who had abused her from the day they wed – the man who had already killed his innocent first wife? But his death triggers a chain of events that seem to revolve around the handsome bushranger who murdered him – a man to whom Nell, against her better judgement, is drawn.

But Nell has far more than a mysterious stranger to worry about. With a mess of complications around her late husband's will, a vicious scoundrel of a father trying to sell her off in matrimony, and angry relatives pursuing her for her husband's gold, she is more concerned with trying to ensure her safety and that of her friend, goldfields laundry woman Flora, than dealing with the kind of feelings that led her astray so catastrophically before.

After the violence on the goldfields, Nell's fate also hangs in the balance. It seems that, after all, she might need to do the one thing she has avoided at all costs … ask for the help of a man.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781489250407
  • ISBN 10: 1489250409
  • Imprint: Mira - AU
  • On Sale: 19/11/2018
  • Pages: 368
  • List Price: 29.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Romance / Historical / General

Biography

Darry Fraser's breakout novel with HarperCollins, Daughter of the Murray (2016) is set on her beloved River Murray where she spent part of her childhood. Where The Murray River Runs (2017) is her second novel set in the same era, 1890s. The Drover Comes Home For Christmas is another Australian historical, a novella released in the 2018 anthology, Our Country Christmas. Her third novel, The Widow of Ballarat set in 1854 was also released in 2018. The Good Woman of Renmark is due out in November 2019. Two more releases are due in 2020.Apprenticed on a number of contemporary novels and novellas early in her career, she returned to writing in her favourite genre, Australian historical fiction. Her books are set in the rural landscape.She lives and works on beautiful Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia.To find out more, visit Darry on her website.  You can also follow Darry on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 


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