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  • File Size: 3956 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Books We Love Ltd. (August 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EFE5UL6
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,558 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tricia McGill was born in London but moved to Australia years ago where she settled in Victoria. Her published books cross sub-genres, and include contemporary, historical, mainstream, time-travel and futuristic, but all are romances. Most of her contemporary romances are set in Victoria where she lives. Tricia is an avid animal lover and horses and dogs feature in most of her books. Her favorite genre is time-travel where she loves to travel back to times and places long gone. Reviews and excerpts of all her books can be read on her web page. Tricia's best achievement was winning the RWAu Romantic Book of The Year (R*BY) in 2003 with her mainstream, Traces of Dreams, (now re-published as Remnants of Dreams) which was based on her mother's life.

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I really loved this book (previously published as Blue Haze but re-published as Mystic Mountains). It was like Pride and Prejudice...ooops, I mean Arrogance and Obstinacy, meets the Thorn Birds in 1818 Australia. I love realistically flawed characters--perfect romance H/h's are such bores--and both of these were so realistically flawed, the way their life experiences from their past hard-scrabble youth carried over to lead to inappropriate and sometimes foolish judgments in their present was so well developed into the plot of this book. Now I shouldn't love it as much as I did. There were a few things in this book that I really hated, but I can't say without spoilers, that should have made me downgrade my rating--however, any book that keeps me up to 3:30 AM to finish, because I just can't put it down, definitely rates five-stars. This is also the kind of book that will make the next few books I read seem like they don't measure up.
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I really enjoyed this book. The writing flows, and the story is compelling. The protagonists in the story are, for the most part, newly-arrived convicts transported from England to New South Wales, Australia, in the early 1800s.

The author explains a great deal about the early history of Australia without being pedantic. The historical details are very nicely integrated into the story, and are never are intrusive. The author clearly did a lot of research, and the historical accuracy adds to the richness of the tale.

The author also points out how crucial New South Wales Governor Lachlan Macquarie was to the development of the democratic Australia that we know today. He insisted on fully integrating convicts into society after their sentences had been fulfilled, thus preventing the creation of a stratified settler society. His policies are crucial to this story, for it allowed former convicts to have dreams of someday owning their own land and having their own businesses.

The hero of the story is Tiger Carstairs. Tiger has a prosperous farm, and dreams of land over the rugged Blue Mountains (the "mystic mountains" of the title), land that will be opened to settlement in the near future.

The heroine is Isabella O'Shea, transported for knifing a member of the nobility in England who attempted to rape her. She arrives in New South Wales scared to death that she will be assigned to serve her sentence in less than desirable circumstances. Nevertheless, in Australia she will have more hope for a decent life in the future than she would ever have had in the slums of London. Isabella is assigned to work for Tiger Carstairs, a man whom she resents because he seems to embody everything that she hates about the English aristocracy.
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I have read many. many book but this one would to be one of the ones at the top of my list. The descriptions not only had me visually transported to the past, I could also feel and smell the surroundings and the people.
Extremely well written AND without the use of miss used word "that" which many top writers use today.
Congratulations Tricia , keep them coming as I will be looking for your efforts.
Sandra
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book not like all the other soppy love books out there Mystic Mountain held pain, love, and a touch of comedy. I couldnt put the book down cause i wanted to know what the fiery Bella and the beastly Tiger would be up to next. I cant wait to start reading more of Tricia McGill books.
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This is a good book to read..over time I read over 1000 books..most Historical and Paranormal Romance books..Most my are free from the Kindle store...sometimes it is hard for me to find a good book that will keep my attention ..this book was good..the Author did a great job...
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Lots of twists and turns that keeps you wanting to see the characters to the end. You wanted to say to the characters to get to the point. I really recommend this book. It is about finding out what is important to you.
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It is always a pleasure to read a Tricia McGill novel. Her characters come alive before your eyes and her ability as a wordsmith paints a picture you can see. I am already looking forward to another book from her.
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This was a good easy romance. Enough suspense to keep you interested. I recommend this to anyone who wants a book they can put down and go back later to read.
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