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About Kate Loveday
She always wanted to write, and dabbled a bit, but it was not until an extended caravan holiday around Australia with husband Peter that she began writing in earnest. She started with travel articles about places they visited. When these were accepted for publication by travel magazines she began to write fiction.
She now writes Australian contemporary and historical women's fiction/ romance.
When she is not writing she enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time with husband Peter and her family and friends. She loves chocolate, good food and wine, dogs, music, and seeing new places.
Visit her website at www.kateloveday.com
An adventure set in the Australian rainforest, where the race is on to discover a precious plant – and an even rarer kind of attraction.
Elly Cooper's friend Jackson has gone missing – along with a journal that contains her dead father's lifelong work and the recipe for a product he described as the 'fountain of youth', potentially worth millions.
The catch is that the main ingredient is a rare plant found only in the Daintree Rainforest in Queensland. And only her father knew where to find it.
Elly enlists the aid of ex–policeman Mitchell Beaumont to help her find Jackson, the journal and the plant. But someone else is on the trail of the precious plant, and it seems they'll stop at nothing – even murder – to get what they want.
It's a race against time in the tropical heat as Elly and Mitchell battle the perils of the rainforest – and the feelings growing between them.
It is often a spur-of-the-moment decision that can become a turning point in life.
So it is for Kitty Morland, a young woman in London in 1878.
Cheated of her birthright and condemned to a soul-destroying existence, Kitty yields to temptation one fateful day and steals a pocketful of diamonds. Realisation of the possible terrifying consequences forces her to flee to the other side of the world, to Australia, taking her widowed mother, Bella, with her.
Fearful that her past will catch up with her she marries William, an English aristocrat, and moves from Sydney to Redwoods in Bulahdelah, a remote logging area in the mid north of New South Wales – a place of red-cedar forests, wild rivers, and the loneliness of an early settlement. Kitty needs all her courage and determination to survive a loveless marriage, dominated by a husband with a dark side to his character. She realises too late that the passion she feels for Rufe Cavanagh, a charismatic and entrepreneurial colonial, is reciprocated.
Kitty finally has a chance for love and happiness but, torn between love and duty, she must make a difficult decision that will affect the lives of others. How will she decide?
WHAT HISTORICAL FICTION DOES BEST
In An Independent Woman, Kate Loveday does what historical fiction does best: letting us, the readers, live another life in a time and place that was. In this novel, that is late-Nineteenth Century Australia, a land just being settled, half civilized, half wild. Into this setting sails Kitty Morland, a determined young woman fleeing loss of social status and a desperate, perhaps criminal act in England. In Australia, she contracts an apparently advantageous marriage that brings her to a mansion amid the remote logging country of Bulahdelah. In that setting, tragically, she learns of the darkness in her once-attractive husband and learns that, even half a world away from England, she cannot escape her past there.
Ms. Loveday's novel has everything for which one could ask in a historical novel: clear, compelling prose; engaging, well-drawn characters who mirror their place and time; and a complex, fast-moving plot involving domestic tragedy, diamonds, the perils of a logging camp and of a gold-mining town, a love banned by the time's laws of marriage, and a crime with results that span years and half a world. All of these elements take place in a vividly realized setting of frontier Australia with frontier Sydney, immense, exotic forests, wild rivers, and the loneliness of pioneer settlements. These make An Independent Woman a novel that will tempt you to read it in a single setting......Alfred D Byrd – American Author
What Goodreads has to say...
An Independent Woman is a wonderful and unique Australian historical romance. There is there is a richness to Kate Loveday’s writing. She may be Australia’s answer to Barbara Taylor Bradford.
What do you do when the one you love turns violent? Rich or poor, the dilemma is the same for every woman who experiences domestic violence. This story tells how one woman strives to build a new life for herself – at his expense!
It seemed as if it would be a fairy tale existence...
When young and lonely Erin McDonald leaves Newcastle for a job in Sydney shortly after her mother's death she meets high powered business mogul Giles Brightman. He sweeps her off her feet, and she is thrilled when he proposes. Madly in love she marries him, but she soon realises he wants nothing more from her than to look beautiful and be compliant – ready to accompany him whenever he wishes, charming to his business associates, a good hostess, and ready to accommodate him in bed whenever he feels so inclined.
Slowly Giles' violent side emerges, and after an attack that makes her fear for her life, Erin knows she must get away. With little money of her own, and a platinum Amex card, she develops an audacious plan to give her a second chance in life – at Giles’ expense. But Giles won’t let her go easily.
Can Erin overcome all the setbacks to find a new life...and a new love?
Full of courage and resolve, this is a story about reinventing yourself, and the intrigues of Fate. A story of love, friendship, disillusion and retribution as a woman strives to change her life.
Kate Loveday’s stories of strong women are wonderful. Her writing is smooth and intelligent. She blends everything together very nicely and tells a wonderful descriptive story of different types of people, some you'll love and cheer on and some you'll dislike immensely. This story is not just a romance novel, Kate has imbedded a wonderful cast of true to life characters and the many circumstances they go through...Alice L Kent
The Trophy Wife is a very easy read. I was so enthralled that I finished it over the weekend! For the most part, it's a love story in more than one way. but there is money, power, crime, intimidation, friendships, business ventures and more. Excellent work. Author's Den
Her ambition burns, and she wants it all – NOW.
But success comes at a price. Is it worth it? What of love? And happiness?
Joy is determined Redwoods will become a successful thoroughbred stud and has long dreamt of breeding a champion racehorse. When David Cavanagh opposes her ideas she schemes to get her way, determined to make her dream a reality. She justifies her actions because it is all for the good of Redwoods and winning races. As she continues on her wilful way tragedy strikes and fills her with remorse.
Thunder, the big, black stallion, gallops into their lives, and with him comes Josh Frazer.
When David goes to America with an indefinite return date, Joy is devastated at what she sees as his rejection and struggles with a lonely life.
A series of mishaps occur that seem to be accidents. Is someone trying to harm Redwoods? If so, why? Then the children go missing, and Joy must turn to Josh for help and comfort. But does Josh want more than she can give? Will she risk everything?
Against the heart-stopping background of the prestigious Gold Cup race week David returns and, Joy must search her soul to make the most difficult decision of her life.
As Kitty’s daughter Joy approaches womanhood she and her new friend Lily go to England to meet Joy’s English family and participate in a London Season. Both girls enjoy meeting young men, and the social whirl, but when Lily falls for the dashing Captain James Pierce she finds romance doesn’t work out as she expected. Beneath the gaiety and excitement not everything and everybody are as they seem, and the girls’ romances bring problems that have far-reaching effects for Kitty and Rufe, and their happiness. Their visit to London turns their world and everyone around them into chaos.
Love, seduction, violence, and greed all play a part in this tale. Part romantic story, part family saga, it sweeps from the village of Bulahdelah in New South Wales to pre-federation Sydney, and to the pomp and ceremony of Queen Victoria’s court and a London Season.
“The writing is emotionally touching. The stories as they unfold on the different paths were done in a wonderful way while still tying the main threads together.” Goodreads
“Great reading. Loved the series... Looking forward to the last book in the series. Great stories and the all the people in them.” Amazon
“Wonderful historical romance with a feel of Australia that makes me want to experience it even though I know it would be different today. This sequel to the awesome An Independent Woman reunites Kitty and Rufe while it focuses on their daughters.” Goodreads
When Cassie Taylor inherits Yallandoo, a cattle station near Cairns in Far North Queensland, she is shocked. What does she know about running cattle? But the property has been in her family for generations, and Cassie is not a quitter. She leaves behind her Sydney life and heads to the station, determined to make a go of it.
But a long drought and falling prices mean challenges Cassie doesn't expect. To save her heritage, she's going to have to come up with some new ideas – and fast. Then the threatening letters start to arrive. Someone doesn't want Cassie to succeed, and they're willing to go to any lengths to stop her...
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