Friday 3 July 2020

✿ The Goldminer's Sister ✿ Alison Stuart ✿

Release date: 8th July 2020

Gold is a fever. Will it lead her to love ... or death? A suspenseful romance set on the turbulent goldfields of 1870s Australia, for readers of The Postmistress and The Woman in the Green Dress.

'There are people in this town with the gleam of gold in their eyes and cold steel in their hearts.'

1873. Eliza Penrose arrives in the gold mining town of Maiden's Creek in search of her brother, planning to make a new life for herself. Instead she finds a tragic mystery - and hints of betrayals by those closest to her.

Mining engineer Alec McLeod left Scotland to escape the memory of his dead wife and child. Despite the best efforts of the eligible ladies of Maiden's Creek, Alec is determined never to give his heart again.

As lies and deceit threaten Eliza's life, Alec steps in - although he has problems of his own, as he risks his livelihood and those he holds dear to oppose the dangerous work practices at the Maiden's Creek Mine.

When disaster draws the pieces of the puzzle together, Eliza and Alec must save each other - but is it too late?


ARC received from Harlequin/Mira Australia for an honest review

I have lost a bit of my reading mojo lately, however when I picked up The Goldminer's Sister, it was back with a vengeance baby!

Australian historicals have been my jam the last 6 - 12 months.  Alison Stuart is a new to me author, however after reading this story, I will be searching out more in the future.

Eliza is the kind of woman I want to be when I grow up. She doesn't need a man to look after her.  She is strong. She is feisty.  She will fight for the truth and for what is hers.

I was transported to the Victorian goldfields the minute I opened The Goldminer's Sister.  Hot, dusty and dangerous, so different from my world and Eliza's world in the UK.  Ms Stuart has written wonderfully colourful characters and locations that leap off the page.  I could almost hear and smell the town of Maiden's Creek (though I am sure the smell would not be such a good thing!).

I couldn't help but fall in love with Eliza and Alec as they deal with all that is happening around the - and to them.

Alec is the gruff kind of man that calls to me. I need to find an Alec for myself.

I was enthralled with this tale.  Every time I put the book down, I found myself eyeing it beside me, and in the end I just had to read it all at one.

I look forward to what Ms Stuart brings us in the future.