ABOUT THE BOOK
As a young child bound for a strange country, Sarah Whitaker dreamed of life with her father on his sprawling Australian ranch. But her hopes were shattered when she learned of his death and of her new role as heiress of the largest sheep farm in New Wales. Orphaned in a land greatly populated by petty criminals exiled from England, the future seemed grim. But now, ten years later, Sarah has defied the odds and become a successful businesswoman—much to the chagrin of her male counterparts. Hardened by the dishonesty of both her fellow ranchers and the felons in her employ, Sarah has learned one important truth: no one is to be trusted.
Daniel Burton is a lucky man. Sentenced to death for his role in a horse-race scandal, Daniel was granted reprieve thanks to the influence of his wealthy relatives. Now, rather than death, Daniel faces exile in Australia—an opportunity to put past mistakes behind him. But when he purchases land with the intention of farming it, he unwittingly arouses the wrath of his new neighbor, Sarah. What begins as a battle of wits, however, soon becomes a warm friendship—and perhaps something more. But when Daniel's secret past is revealed, will Sarah be able forgive yet another deception?
Jennifer Moore has hit it out of the park again. Just when I think she can't possibly come up with another unique historical romance, she manages to do it. And what's even more interesting, and enjoyable, for me is that it's connected to her previous books. One of the things that I love about her book's is how real the characters feel. With strengths and weaknesses, struggles and obstacles to overcome, and yet they learn to love each other anyway. Daniel Burton makes some huge mistakes, ones that get him sentenced to death, but thanks to his sister's brother-in-law, who happens to be a duke, he is spared death and transported to Australia instead. As he struggles to come to grips with his mistakes, he meets Sarah Whitaker, a brave young lady who runs the sheep farm next to his. The two clash at first because of Daniel's sympathy toward the convicts in the area and Sarah's lack of willingness to trust them. I found reading about the colony and the policies and treatment of the convicts interesting to read about, it's a topic I didn't know much about previously, but as always, Moore has done her homework and it shows. Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart is another in a growing body of historical romance that continues to shine.
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