I have to say that I was captivated from the start. After the first couple of pages I was totally sucked in and could not put the book down. Having said that it is only right and fair to say that 'Historical' is not a genre that I would choose to read, in fact, I avoid it at all costs!
Yet this book is not what I expected - not at all. It's a story that is set in the earlier part of Australia's history and although the formality is there, with people addressing each other as 'Miss Morland' or 'Mr Cavanagh' the story is totally absorbing.
Kate Loveday writes beautifully, in a free-flowing, easy to read style. Her writing is pleasantly descriptive and the reader can see the setting of each scene as easily as if they were in the book themselves.
The characters are real and it is easy for the reader to develop a fondness for some and at the same time, a dislike for others. The end of this book leaves me begging for more - what better way to leave your audience? I cannot wait for the next book in the trilogy!
If you missed 'Inheritance' - the debut novel by Kate Loveday then go find it! It was a wonderful read, also beautifully done and I am pleased to see that Kate has continued to develop her fantastic style. With writing like this Kate Loveday's future looks great!
Once again, I have pleasure in awarding Kate Loveday the maximum '5 Inkwells' for her latest book, 'An Independent Woman.'
Sarah Cook, Reviewer & Freelance Editor
Author of Australian Fiction
From the Author
An artist friend loaned me a book of 'Rachel Henning's Letters'- letters that had been written by the wife of a Bulahdelah timber-mill manager in the mid-nineteenth century to her various family members. In them she described her daily life, which she found very agreeable.
This made me curious about the lifestyle and conditions for all women in the nineteenth century, when women had few rights and were dominated by the men of the time. I found that not all women led the pleasant life enjoyed by Rachel Henning. The law in that era stated that that when a woman married, all her assets became her husband's property, and the law gave him the right to force her to obey him in every area of her life. This meant she was totally dependent on him for everything, both financially and emotionally. If he turned out to be heartless, violent or miserly, she had little or no recourse.
But what of the women who had the spirit to rebel against this injustice, women who refused to be browbeaten by the men? And if they defied custom by refusing to fit the mould - could they face the results of going against the conventions of the day?
Happiness - and love - could not have been easy!
Having always been an advocate for women's rights, it was these thoughts that provoked me into writing An Independent Woman, about a young woman who refused to conform to the expectations of the day.