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This Golden Land


Wood creates genuine, engaging characters whose stories are fascinating
. . . This novel should earn Wood the larger audience in the United States that she deserves.
  Library Journal


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This Golden Land

Eighteen year old Hannah Conroy has always dreamed of following in her father's footsetps as a healer.  But in nineteenth century England, the medical profession is closed to women.  She sees midwifery as a back door into that world, but her fledgling career is crushed by personal tragedy.

Seeking to escape a possible murder conviction in England, Hannah's world is turned upside down as she boards a boat bound for Melbourne.  Young and naive with some laboratory notes and a handful of medical instruments, she hopes Australia is a place of a new beginning and a fresh start, a place where she can begin a midwife practice.

Arriving during a period of enourmous change in Australia, Hannah faces a myriad of challenges.  Not only must she fight for acceptance as a medical professional, but she falls in love with and must decide between two men: Neal Scott, an American photographer seeking a new life in Australia, and Jamie O'Brien, a rowdy outlaw fleeing arrest.

THIS GOLDEN LAND presents a sweeping historical saga of Australia and a love story that neither time nor distance can erase.





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