This is the first book by Carmen Radtke that I have read, but it was so well written that it definitely won’t be my last read from her. She is a master with storytelling and weaved together a story full of mystery, love, angst, and grace. Alyssa Chalmers is a kind heroine who throughout the story charms readers with her elegance and wit. The story is set in 1862 and has all the allure of a historical setting, so much so that I dreamed I was living in the height of the 19th century.
The women of Australia who were bound for Canada have more than just men waiting for them. The story quickly takes off and shows how crafty and cunning people can be even in the past. To avoid giving away any spoilers I’ll just let you know that the mystery in this story is well worth the read and will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.