Copyright Tricia McGill 2009* All Rights Reserved
Award winning Australian Author Tricia McGill has a book to satisfy every romance reader's desire.
"I believe this is the best book I have ever read!
I probably think something similar when I finish a book, but I have never before printed the words.
Ms. Tricia McGill keeps enticing us into the story with her wit and charming manner of writing. .. I urge you to read this winner!
Overall rating: 5 HEARTS
Remy, a convicted man, is in love with Sara, the daughter of a wealthy property owner. Even in the prospering colony of New South Wales, it would be far fetched to think he could ever marry her. Sara’s father isn’t Remy’s biggest problem.
With his family and everyone else turned against him, Remy must leave his sister’s property. Sara despairs of ever seeing her love again, while Remy faces overwhelming odds and an ordeal that threatens to strip him of everything; his pride, his strength, his health—even his life. When Remy finally has Sara within his grasp, he is sent to a place where pain and suffering are everyday occurrences.
Will the lovers ever find the happiness they crave?
"Tricia McGill created a story full of passion, adventure, hope, and lost love. REMY is much more than a romance or historical novel. It draws you into the lives of two people, Remy (a convict working on his sister's farm) and Sara (the daughter of a wealthy landowner). The story is set in colonial Australia, when England used the continent as a penal colony. Life was hard, and many didn't even make it to the new land. Remy, short for Jeremy, was one of the lucky ones. His brother-in-law, Tiger, made an arrangement so Remy could work on his farm. Except, Remy destroyed his chance for a timely release from bondage because of his longing for a woman he couldn't dream of having. A foolish mistake plunges him into the most harrowing experience of his life. The settings and characters are vivid in this story. It's something I'd recommend to anyone who loves romance, historical fiction, and adventure. Remy
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In the small Tasmanian town where they grew up, Sally fell in love with Mac at first sight. She was still a child and he a teenage boy, almost but not quite a man. But a special bond of deep friendship formed between them, fuelled by their mutual love of animals—especially horses. As each matured, that special bond threatened to move beyond the limits of friendship. By the time Sally reached her 17th birthday she was desperately in love with him, the shining hero of her girlhood.
One terrible night Mac betrayed that love and Sally could not find it in her heart to forgive him until the truth was revealed years later. But by then they had both moved on with their lives, and the heartbreaks of the past seem destined to remain only tarnished memories.
In ancient Britain, Rolf, a Viking warrior, is set on vengeance against the Celts. After a fateful battle on the shores of East Anglia Rolf captures the beautiful Brigid, a Celt. Intrigued by her strength and courage in the face of her enemies Rolf instinctively knows he has found his soul mate and the Three Fates of Destiny have brought them together.
In present day, Rolf, an artist, has taken residence in a Cornish lighthouse. He leads a reclusive life with his companion, a wolfhound. He meets a young woman in the town bookstore. Each feel they have met before and share a fascination for the sea and for all things Viking. Could Rolf be the man of Brigid's dreams? Can lovers and soul mates from the past reach out over the years and find the way back to each other?
The Three Fates
My collection of short stories
An Aimless Ramble
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I don't consider myself a poet--some of my verses don't rhyme--hence the title of this small collection.
These are just a tiny jumble of random thoughts put down over many years simply for fun.
This collection has grown over many years. I consider myself a romance writer, but some of these stories contain elements that are far from romantic. Don't blame me-blame my Muse. She goes off on tangents of her own, but bless her; she has helped me overcome obstacles along the writing path.
You will recognise certain phobias I possess--chief one being a fear of flying.
My life has been blessed, so fortunately the drearier stories come from some strange place--blame my Muse again.
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.
"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.
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.
It really is difficult to describe the story without including too many spoilers. The tale does take unexpected twists and turns, and completely engages the reader.
Why four stars rather than five? Well, Tiger and Isabella were a bit too stubborn and childish a few too many times, in my estimation. But this is just my own opinion, and others may disagree. Their actions did not ruin the book. (I personally cannot stand the plot device of the silly "tragic misunderstanding" that could be cleared up with one short conversation, and thankfully the Hero and Heroine's misunderstandings did not fall into that category.)
Highly recommended. This is a memorable story, and a real keeper.
S. Harrison reviewed Mystic Mountains Compelling story August 27, 2013