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Nicole Alexander’s ninth novel is a sweeping rural historical novel, set in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

From nineteenth-century Adelaide and the red dirt of mid-north South Australia, to the cattle stations and buffalo plains of the far north Ross Grant’s journey is one of desire, adventure and determination, to the heart of stone country and beyond.

South Australia, 1919. Ross Grant has always felt like the black sheep of his wealthy Scottish family. An explorer at heart, he dreams of life on Waybell, their remote cattle station in Australia’s last remaining wilderness, the Northern Territory.

Then his brother Alastair is branded a deserter after going missing during the Great War. To help restore the Grants’ damaged reputation, Ross is coerced into marrying Darcey Thomas, a woman he has never met.

Disgusted by his manipulative family, he turns his back on his unwanted wife just hours after the ceremony, and heads to Waybell with no plans to return. He carries with him the hope of carving his own empire in the far north.

But Ross has not counted on Darcey’s determination to be his wife in more than just name. Nor did he anticipate meeting Maria, a young, part-Chinese woman who will capture his heart. And he certainly wasn’t prepared for how this beautiful yet savage land will both captivate and destroy his soul . . .

From nineteenth-century Adelaide and the red dirt of mid-north South Australia, to the cattle stations and buffalo plains of the far north Ross’s journey is one of anger and desire, adventure and determination, to the heart of stone country and beyond.

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780143786825

    March 5, 2019

    Bantam Australia

    416 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9780143786849

    March 5, 2019

    Random House Australia

    400 pages

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Extract

Chapter 1  

Adelaide, South Australia, 1901

The two brothers darted back and forth across the wide thoroughfare, dodging carts, carriages and horse-trams. They skipped and jumped over the piles of horse dung, some fresh and steaming, others hard enough for a person to trip on. When a motorcar chugged past they ran after it, calling to the driver to give them a ride. Each time a horse-drawn vehicle approached them, the elder boy, Alastair, would wait on the edge of the footpath until it was almost too late to cross and then he would dash out in front, startling the horses and drivers, before running to the other side of the road.

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