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Description - Wild Lands by Nicole Alexander

From bestselling author Nicole Alexander comes an epic novel of bravery, loyalty and impossible love that takes the reader on a spellbinding journey from the streets of early Sydney to the heart of Australia's wild, untamed lands.

From bestselling author Nicole Alexander comes an epic novel of bravery, loyalty and impossible love that takes the reader on a spellbinding journey from the streets of early Sydney to the heart of Australia's wild, untamed lands.

New South Wales, 1837, and settlers in search of fertile country are venturing far outside the colony. Literally cutting a swathe through the bush with their bare hands, they lay claim to territory beyond government jurisdiction - and the reach of the law.

As she accepts a position on one such farm, seventeen-year-old Kate Carter is unaware she is entering a land of outlaws, adventurers and murderous natives.

Because the first people of this new world will no longer accept the white man's advance, and retaliatory attacks on both sides have made it a frontier on the brink of war.

Into Kate's path comes Bronzewing, a young white man schooled by a settler family yet raised within an Aboriginal tribe. Caught between two worlds, Bronzewing strives to protect his adopted people and their vanishing civilisation.

But as he and Kate will discover, 'beyond the outer limits' is a beautiful yet terrifying place, where it's impossible to know who is friend and who is enemy . . .

'Alexander writers with a deep love of the land' The Courier-Mail

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781742759890
ISBN-10: 1742759890
Format: Paperback / softback
(197mm x 132mm x 27mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: Bantam
Publisher: Transworld Publishers (Division of Random House Australia)
Publish Date: 28-Mar-2016
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Wild Lands by Nicole Alexander - Reviewed by (27 Apr 2017)

Wild Lands tells not only the story of the white settlers and their hardships but also of the trials and adjustments the aboriginals had forced upon them by this new settlement. I liked that Nicole Alexander didn’t take sides in the settlers verse aboriginals debate. The story is told with truth, there were good and bad on both sides. We get to see how hard it was for the aboriginals with their land taken from them but also the hardships, and I never imagined just how hard it was, of the settlers that came to Australia, unknowing, to start a new life.

I was a bit torn with this novel as I easily connected with Kate’s character. We hear from her from a young age. How hard her life is after her father died. How much she thinks of him and misses him. Even as a young girl she pushes boundaries. However with Adam we hear his mother’s voice and her hardships. The next time we are back with Adam he is a grown man. There is a big gap and some of it is filled in with back story but I couldn’t connect with his character until quite late in the book.

” Every woman wishes for marriage, Kate. We have three stages in our lives: daughter, wife and mother. There is nothing else to aspire to.” - Mrs Kable.

Kate grows to be a feisty young woman and her outspokenness is not appreciated by most men and woman alike. Thankfully we had women like Kate in our history. She would not compromise herself and she would not settle for mediocre.

Wild Lands is a very well researched novel that I would recommend to anyone interested in early Australian history.


Author Biography - Nicole Alexander

A fourth-generation grazier, Nicole returned to her family's property in the early 1990s. She is currently the business manager there. Nicole has a Master of Letters in creative writing and her novels, poetry, travel and genealogy articles have been published in Australia, Germany, America and Singapore. She is the author of six novels- The Bark Cutters, A Changing Land, Absolution Creek, Sunset Ridge, The Great Plains and Wild Lands.

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