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This was a very gripping and pleasant read with plenty of plot twists to keep you guessing until the end.
I was drawn to it as it was billed to be a modern version of Jane Eyre, and I'm a big fan of that classic story. The main character, Rosie, is very much like Jane Eyre, alone in the world and without funds, desperate to find work. She takes a position as governess to a little girl at a rural station (ranch) that is not functioning as a ranch at present. The father works away from home and needs someone to be with his daughter during his frequent absences and someone to tutor her. Adam is very much like Mr. Rochester--serious, mysterious, and oh so deliciously handsome. Rosie bonds with her charge, the ten year old Pippa. When the father returns from his trips, he's moody, and yet there is a very strong attraction between him and Rosie. There are playful, flirtatious scenes between the two as they struggle with their feelings for one another and try not to give in to their hearts. There is so much I could say about the plot, but I don't want to rehash what has been said. Instead, I'll give you some new reasons to check out this amazing and unique novel.
I loved the way the author mixed in some of the Austrailan Aborginal myths with the present day story line. There are magical creatures in this story, the Mimi's--sort of an Austrailan type of fairy. Pippa, the little girl, is able to see and talk to the fairies, and even the main character, Rosie, enters the dream world of mysticism in her sleep while at the station (ranch). This fantasy element gave the storyline added depth and mystery. I was fascinated by the Mimi's and the dream world visits of the mysterious ghost rancher riding in to Rosie's dreams to show her things. Governess Rosie is part gypsy, which lends credit to her the ability to tap into the supernatural realm for guidance when she sleeps. Trust me, you'll be intrigued and fascinated by these noctural visions and visitations she has as she cares for her charge.
I also loved the way the author was able to make Austraila come alive for me. She did a wonderful job with fresh, flowing descriptions that I could visualize it easily in my mind. The characters spoke using Aussie terms, so be prepared for a little guessing in some places for meaning of a word( example: pikelets, which I assumed in context were pancakes). Don't let that dissaude you--the context of these authentic slang words makes it easy to figure out. And that is the best part of this story--it rings with such authenticity in both description and the way the characters speak and think, I am wondering if the author is Australian? It's that awesome. I didn't feel as if I were reading a story line taking place in Australia written by someone who just plopped the characters down there and had never been there themselves. You'll love this deep, authentic feel as you read the story.
So, besides the wonderful fantasy element, and the authentic feel of the setting and characters, what's so incredible about this story? If you know your Jane Eyre, you know that Mr. Rochester has a thing for his governess, but has a terrible secret, a crazy wife hidden in the attic. In this modern day rendition, there is the strong undercurrent of attraction growing into love, and while Adam doesn't have a crazy wife hidden in his attic--he does have a crazy wife trying to get him back and get sole custody of their daughter. She'll do anything, no matter who it hurts, to get what SHE wants. It's spot on with the Bronte storyline, but with a refreshingly modern twist. You'll want to cry with the heroine as she struggles to protect the little girl from her crazy and manipulative mother, and you'll cheer for Adam & Rosie as they take baby steps toward trusting one another and believing in true love. Both Rosie and Adam are damaged people with very raw and tender hearts. Pippa, the little girl, is enchanting. I could almost envision her being of fairy blood. She's also very fragile, having been caught up in the ugliness of a custody battle between her parents, not to mention her mother's crazy, abusive behavior toward her. You'll want to hug Pippa and keep her safe.
Last, and certainly not least, are the horses. The author does such a heart-rending job of showing the dark side of the real life horse industry where cast off animals are sent to an auction and not all go home to happy families. The horses are real characters, too. If you are a horse lover, you won't want miss this story.
My only issue with the story was the length. It is little longer than I prefer for a romance, but it was well worth every minute. It is like reading Jane Eyre, yet, it is so compelling and you can't stop as the storyline twists and turns.