Synopsis: Three Blake sisters remain in the Swan River Colony in 1866 and two are quite happy to forge new lives for themselves there.
The third, Xanthe, yearns to see the world. But even if she could afford to travel, could she persuade her beloved twin to let her go? Maia has fallen in love with their employer, and would surely be happiest staying behind with him.
Xanthe’s opportunity comes in the form of a handsome Irishman bringing some of the sisters’ inheritance from England. But for Maia, the same man brings trouble in his wake – someone who has the power to make her life a misery.
Both sisters’ reserves of courage and endurance will be tested before they can finally find a home to call their own.
Review: Destiny’s Path is the third book in the Swan River colony series, following Farewell to Lancashire and Beyond the Sunset- both of which I really enjoyed. The final book in the trilogy examines the lives of Xanthe and Maia, the Blake sister twins who live with Conn Largan and his mother in theSwan River colony, WA. Maia is Mrs Largan’s personal maid, very dedicated to her work and in love with Conn. Xanthe is a vivacious young housemaid who dreams of travelling the world, quite unusual for a young, single woman of her class during those times.
When Ronan Macguire, Conn’s friend from Ireland arrives with the Blake sister inheritance, Xanthe’s dreams of travelling can now become a reality. For Maia, her dreams are shattered when Ronan arrives at their property withConn’s legal wife, Katherine in tow. Anna Jacobs has a wonderful way of writing really annoying characters and Katherine is one of them. She is completely disruptive to the household, lacks empathy and cares for only herself. But as her own history is revealed, it did spark some sympathy in me for her.
Xanthe and Maia both have hurdles to jump over to find happiness, but I enjoyed the journey of watching these two strong women overcome adversity and not give up.
I really recommend the Swan River series; historical romance fans will like the strong, smart Blake sisters and their adventures of settlement in earlyAustralia. I surely did!
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About the author: Anna Jacobs grew up in Lancashire and emigrated to Australia, but still visits the UK regularly to see her family and do research, something she loves. Her novel Pride of Lancashire won the Australian Romantic Book of the Year Award in 2006.
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