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Jewel in the North I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although it was not until reading other s comments that I realised that it was the third book in a series, an indication that it stands very well on its own.Set in the late 1800 s in the Flinders Ranges, post gold rush days this tale of three families, the Bakers, the Prossers and the Wiltshire s beautifully captures the Victorian values that were still very prevalent in Australia despite there impracticality in the harsh Australian climate.Henry Wiltshire has rai I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although it was not until reading other s comments that I realised that it was the third book in a series, an indication that it stands very well on its own.Set in the late 1800 s in the Flinders Ranges, post gold rush days this tale of three families, the Bakers, the Prossers and the Wiltshire s beautifully captures the Victorian values that were still very prevalent in Australia despite there impracticality in the harsh Australian climate.Henry Wiltshire has raised his son Charles with his same bigoted attitudes towards the natives , the original aboriginal inhabitants of the land, and this contempt is shown not only towards Joseph Baker and his new wife Millie who has aboriginal blood, but also to the now adult children of Joseph and his first wife, William and Robert.The Bakers run sheep on their large leased farm holding, and are friends with the local aborigines who camp on their land William wants to diversify into cattle, so needs to learn about the differences between farming sheep and cattle.Ellis Prosser has the farm next to the Baker s and despite being a man of most unpleasant and violent nature agrees to share his knowledge about cattle with William, that is until Ellis realises that William is also interested in his beautiful daughter Georgina.Charles Wiltshire, although still a teenager, considers that he would be a much better match for Georgina than the native loving William Baker and as he works towards reaching his maturity and wooing Georgina we see what an underhanded, vindictive and nasty person he is.As we follow each of the families up and downs and interactions we see how Stringer artfully combines reality with fantasy to produce a book that is hard to put down.And behind the characters looms the threat of the Protector of Aborigines, a locket engraved with an H, and Joseph Baker s good luck diamond, found many years ago on the property.A most entertaining and well written book Highly recommended This is the final stand alone book in the Flinders Ranges series I haven t read the first two so I can attest to the fact that this story can stand on its own but I think you would appreciate the story evenif you ve read the preceding two books I loved the insight into life in the late 1800s and early 1900s in country South Australia I enjoyed getting inside the heads of so many different characters I liked some charactersthan others but it was interesting to see what made them a This is the final stand alone book in the Flinders Ranges series I haven t read the first two so I can attest to the fact that this story can stand on its own but I think you would appreciate the story evenif you ve read the preceding two books I loved the insight into life in the late 1800s and early 1900s in country South Australia I enjoyed getting inside the heads of so many different characters I liked some charactersthan others but it was interesting to see what made them all tick Jewel in the North A longstanding feud of land and love, a family torn apart and a quest for the ultimate prizeA breathtaking historical family saga of love, death and forgiveness and a quest for the Jewel in the North The Flinders Ranges are a beautiful but harsh landscape as Joseph Baker, a pastoralist in that unforgiving environment, knows all too well For three generations his family have farmed the land, married and had children at their property at Wildu Creek, but now, struggling with hostility from the local community for his choice of wife, Joseph finds himself fighting to save not just his friends and family but his very existenceHis son William has his own battles to fight not only the drought that takes over the land but his own despair, as he faces rejection from the woman he loves Meanwhile, a ruthless enemy will stop at nothing to take from William what he considers to be his Could the vicious and cunning Charles Wiltshire be his nemesis Or does another man, in a quest for the Jewel of the North, hold the key to his destruction As the First World War looms on the horizon, two men struggle to survive both the elements and each other on a quest to find that they hold dear but only one will have the courage to stand strong The deeply satisfying conclusion to the bestselling Flinders Ranges series [Reading] ➻ Peyton and the Paragon By Cathy Peper – 9facts.co.uk a family torn apart and a quest for the ultimate prizeA breathtaking historical family saga of love ➺ [Download] ➶ On Black Sisters Street By Chika Unigwe ➻ – 9facts.co.uk death and forgiveness and a quest for the Jewel in the North The Flinders Ranges are a beautiful but harsh landscape as Joseph Baker ➶ [Reading] ➸ Remote Control (Nick Stone By Andy McNab ➫ – 9facts.co.uk a pastoralist in that unforgiving environment [PDF / Epub] ☉ Superfrog and the Big Stink Author Michael Foreman – 9facts.co.uk knows all too well For three generations his family have farmed the land ➻ One Hand on the Claret Jug Free ➱ Author Norman Dabell – 9facts.co.uk married and had children at their property at Wildu Creek [BOOKS] ✭ On the Road to Babadag ✯ Andrzej Stasiuk – 9facts.co.uk but now [Download] ➵ My Brothers Famous Bottom Gets Pinched Author Jeremy Strong – 9facts.co.uk struggling with hostility from the local community for his choice of wife [Download] ➼ Assassins Heart (Assassins Heart, Author Sarah Ahiers – 9facts.co.uk Joseph finds himself fighting to save not just his friends and family but his very existenceHis son William has his own battles to fight not only the drought that takes over the land but his own despair ❰Reading❯ ➿ Earth Quest - Earth Medicine Author Kenneth Meadows – 9facts.co.uk as he faces rejection from the woman he loves Meanwhile [Reading] ➸ Where Bear? Author Sophy Henn – 9facts.co.uk a ruthless enemy will stop at nothing to take from William what he considers to be his Could the vicious and cunning Charles Wiltshire be his nemesis Or does another man ➶ [Read] ➲ Watch the Lady By Elizabeth Fremantle ➾ – 9facts.co.uk in a quest for the Jewel of the North ❴Reading❵ ➸ Warrior Women Author Paula Guran – 9facts.co.uk hold the key to his destruction As the First World War looms on the horizon [Ebook] ➫ The Happy Puppy Handbook: Your Definitive Guide to Puppy Care and Early Training (English Edition) ➪ Pippa Mattinson – 9facts.co.uk two men struggle to survive both the elements and each other on a quest to find that they hold dear but only one will have the courage to stand strong The deeply satisfying conclusion to the bestselling Flinders Ranges series My Thoughts This was the final instalment in a three generational saga, titled Flinders Ranges Series by Tricia Stringer Each of the three novels can be read as a stand alone book, with each instalment providing it s own storyline in relation to the time period Some characters carry over, especially seeing as this was the final book of the trilogy however, there is no real confusion I had not read the preceding two books This book alone was a wonderful indepth look at society at the turn My Thoughts This was the final instalment in a three generational saga, titled Flinders Ranges Series by Tricia Stringer Each of the three novels can be read as a stand alone book, with each instalment providing it s own storyline in relation to the time period Some characters carry over, especially seeing as this was the final book of the trilogy however, there is no real confusion I had not read the preceding two books This book alone was a wonderful indepth look at society at the turn of the century in Australia, set against the backdrop of the rugged outback a harsh and often cruel country, especially during times of drought Life on the land was hard and this is a first hand account of what it might have been like to live during such a pioneering time Moving from the late 1800s through the turn of the century, the history teacher in me particularly enjoyed the Federation celebrations With the focus on two main families the Bakers and the Wiltshires this is family drama at it s finest love and loss, joy and grief played out amongst these two feuding families over the years It was I feel, a realistic portrayal of life on the land and the hardships they endured in their struggle for survival You got a real sense of community in the outback and what life at the time may have been like That being said, there is quite an array of characters given it spans over three books generations and each is given their voice so you must be concentrating on the various relationships and understandings Probably the most difficult thing I found was the time jumps there did not appear to be rhyme or reason to the chapter dates provided I found this a little disconcerting that a month, then maybe six months or longer may have passed by I could not comprehend the significance of these dates and often large jumps in time Anyway, if you are looking to lose yourself back to the time of Australia becoming a nation and a genuine reflection of what life had been like, with the love and losses for those involved, then Tricia Stringers trilogy is for you This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The quoted material may have changed in the final release Another terrific read, with a delightfully heart warming ending I have so enjoyed this series Thank you Tricia Stringer Absolutely loved it Couldn t put it down Tricia Stringer is a wonderful author. A saga that has spanned three generations as told within the three stand alone novels contained in the Flinder s Ranges series from author Tricia Stringer Each instalment portraying a story with stand out characters A striking backdrop of a story with vivid descriptive s and detailed characters outlined within, in a time that was anything but easy This series has been stunning reading from the first book Jewel In The North by Tricia Stringer was another highlight read in an already remarkabl A saga that has spanned three generations as told within the three stand alone novels contained in the Flinder s Ranges series from author Tricia Stringer Each instalment portraying a story with stand out characters A striking backdrop of a story with vivid descriptive s and detailed characters outlined within, in a time that was anything but easy This series has been stunning reading from the first book Jewel In The North by Tricia Stringer was another highlight read in an already remarkable series.Review copy from Harlequin Australia What an utterly fantastic historical saga trilogy from start to finish Loved the three books and Jewel in the North completes the series off wonderfully Following the Bakers and the Wiltshires through three generations has been a compelling series that effortlessly takes the reader to the early settlement of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia in late 1800 s early 1900 s through heat, flies, drought and floods and falling in love and knowing all of the characters, I know I am going to miss What an utterly fantastic historical saga trilogy from start to finish Loved the three books and Jewel in the North completes the series off wonderfully Following the Bakers and the Wiltshires through three generations has been a compelling series that effortlessly takes the reader to the early settlement of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia in late 1800 s early 1900 s through heat, flies, drought and floods and falling in love and knowing all of the characters, I know I am going to miss them all If you are after that series to get lost in for a while I highly recommend this one in the North features the Flinders Ranges, located in the heart of country South Australia, as the stunning backdrop to Tricia Stringer s historical saga trilogy This Australian saga principally focuses on the lives of two families, the Bakers and the Wiltshires, as they negotiate the harsh landscape of South Australia in the days of early settlement It is a compelling story that exposes the lives, loves, deaths of those who are on a quest to claim t in the North features the Flinders Ranges, located in the heart of country South Australia, as the stunning backdrop to Tricia Stringer s historical saga trilogy This Australian saga principally focuses on the lives of two families, the Bakers and the Wiltshires, as they negotiate the harsh landscape of South Australia in the days of early settlement It is a compelling story that exposes the lives, loves, deaths of those who are on a quest to claim the beauty of the region.In this continuation of the Flinders Rangers series, brought to us by Tricia Stringer, Jewel in the North pays specific attention to the tumultuous times between the years 1895 through to 1914 This is a story that follows the rivalries that continue to exist between the Bakers and Wiltshires The Flinders Ranges series to date has covered the trials and tribulations of three generations of these families that have forged a life for themselves off this unforgiving land, named Wildu Creek After many decades characterised by love, marriages, deaths and struggles over land, the current day Bakers and Wiltshires face their toughest battle yet With so much at stake, both families are tested to their very core, especially when a determined outsider makes their presence known The threat of war also floats in the background, as these men and women dig deep to find all the courage they can to defend what they believe is rightfully belongs to them The final chapter in Tricia Stringer s historical series with leave you breathless with wonder, as the final events of the novel culminate in a dramatic conclusion.I have read this series in completely the wrong order, as Dust on the Horizon the second book in this series was the first book I read After a gap of a few months, I followed Dust on the Horizon with The Jewel in the North As soon as I concluded reading Jewel in the North, I selected Heart of the Country, the opener to this series to read I will say that reading these novels completely out of sequence has not put a dampener on my enjoyment of the novels one bit In fact, Stringer s ability to ensure that each book can be read as a stand alone novel was appreciated Series order issues aside, I completely enjoyed Jewel in the North, even though it was a very weighty read at over 550 pages Tricia Stringer is a South Australian based author and this strong affinity with the land in which she lives is reflected in her writing The level of research Stringer has undertaken to bring Wildu Creek, the central location for this novel and surrounds to life, is palpable In addition, Stringer s commitment to getting the historical aspects of her novel correct is admirable The opportunity to gain an authentic insight into South Australia s history, during the late 1800 s through to the early 1900 s, was welcomed It is this strong historical grounding and attention to the sense of place in her novel that makes Jewel in the North a worthy final instalment to this series.The narrative in Jewel in the North is well crafted Stringer incorporates a compelling tale, centered on the usual struggles faced by families of any time love, marriage, births and deaths Stringer also adds specific period detail to the mix These include storylines focussed on drought, land rights, floods, federation, the changing role of women and the beginnings of the stolen generation In particular, Stringer intertwines a subtle background of what life was like for the local indigenous people in this area and the influence of European settlement Land ownership plays a significant part in this historical yarn and Stringer uses story arc to highlight the feuds, often deadly ones, that played out over land possession between pastoralists and the local indigenous people.It is easy to develop strong feelings towards the characters featured in Jewel in the North As this is a follow on from the previous two books in the series, there are some familiar faces, as well as some new ones to shake up the storyline Love them or hate them, the characters that drive Jewel in the North s plotline along are compelling in their own unique ways.The last chapter in Tricia Stringer s Flinders Ranges series was a fitting one and I felt satisfied when the book came to a close A story filled with great hardships, injustices, suffering and with the theme of pure survival at its core, Jewel in the North gives us a glimpse of what life was like for our pioneering families of Australia Jewel in the North is the powerful closing story to a fine historical family saga, written by a wonderful Australian storyteller, Tricia Stringer I received a copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway and the publisher, Harlequin Books Australia, in exchange for an honest review This one s hefty at 564 pages that s a trade paperback, too best not to read late at night in case you drop it on your face as I did Set in the Flinders Ranges, and reflecting the author s love of the landscape, Jewel in the North tells the story of the Bakers, who battle drought, prejudice and jealousy as they make a life for themselves on the land A well crafted tale of loves and losses, courage and cowardice, this one will tempt lovers of historical sagas, as well as those already famil This one s hefty at 564 pages that s a trade paperback, too best not to read late at night in case you drop it on your face as I did Set in the Flinders Ranges, and reflecting the author s love of the landscape, Jewel in the North tells the story of the Bakers, who battle drought, prejudice and jealousy as they make a life for themselves on the land A well crafted tale of loves and losses, courage and cowardice, this one will tempt lovers of historical sagas, as well as those already familiar with the Flingers Ranges series