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Mystic Mountains [Kindle Edition]

Tricia McGill
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the early 1800s the penal colony of Botany Bay was an unforgiving and harsh place. Isabella O'Shea is transported to New South Wales for wounding a member of the British aristocracy who raped her, so it is understandable that she loathes members of the upper class and the system that punished her; sentenced her to seven years transportation.
Tiger Carstairs is rich, ambitious and English-so is it any wonder she is determined to hate her new master. Tiger dreams of making a new life beyond the aptly named Blue Mountains, so called because of the perpetual haze of blue surrounding them.

Mystic Mountains is a story of courage and persistence-traits that were essential for the settlers who carved out a new life in a raw land where suffering and heartbreak were commonplace.

Isabella and Tiger face tragedy and many hardships in their quest for a new life in this untamed land.

Reviews:

“Tricia McGill has written a sweeping love story of two people fighting for their places in an unfair world among the wild, untamed vistas of Australia. The strong plot reveals much about the early settlement days of the continent of Australia and is a history lesson in itself besides a sizzling romance. A job well done by Ms. McGill.” Lani Roberts 5 stars ***** Affaire de Coeur

“Sometimes we in America forget that Australia is an equally young country, complete with tales of adventure about the settlement of the land. In this story of love adventure and hardship, we see a man and a woman work together to survive and overcome the harsh land that is Australia. A thoroughly enjoyable book, well-written and exciting.”
Deborah Brent for Romantic Times book club **** four stars

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Product Details

  • File Size: 563 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Books We Love Ltd. (August 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EFE5UL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,919 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They Deserve Each Other August 18, 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling story August 27, 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Mystic mountains January 28, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read November 10, 2013
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Tricia McGill is an outstanding author who writes with passion and clarity. I've read many of her books and loved every one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Penal colony life in Australia October 30, 2013
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I liked it because it gave me an insight to life in Australia and the struggles to be successful in a new developing country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tricia McGill excels again September 5, 2013
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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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More About the Author

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 the countryside around 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 with her protagonists to times and places long gone. Her latest time-travel is set in York England when it was called Jorvik and her hero is a Viking trader. 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, which was based on her mother's life.

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