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THE HEART DIVIDED
MARGARET LEIGH
ISBN#: 1603704302
July 2008
Torquere Press/Bareback Angels
P.O. Box 2545, Round Rock, Texas, 78680
Trade Paperback
$13.95
160 pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 cups

During the 1860’s gold rush in Australia, Abigail Pheeney is working as a prostitute. She meets a handsome man one evening in Maryborough. She is in need of money and, since he is not looking for a “date”, she steals his purse. The man is not amused with this behavior, but he sees that she is in need. He asks her to join him in a marriage of convenience.

Robert Forester is from a wealthy family. Robert makes a bad decision and has an affair with his neighbor’s wife. The neighbor finds out and gives Robert twenty hours to get out of town. Robert is on the run when he meets up with Abigail. In order for him to get the job of station manager for the Winton ranch—Kolorah—in Queensland, he must be married. He sees a means to an end. Abigail needs money and he needs a wife.

Once Robert has the job at Kolorah, he offers to take Abigail back to Maryborough and set her up in a house there. Abigail refuses and begins a new life at the ranch. The couple find themselves falling in love with each other. The appearance of the man Abigail had been a mistress to previously sends their lives into a downward and out of control spiral.

This book surprised me at every turn. The author takes the reader on an adventure that leads through the Australian bush and into the hearts of two people who are very much in love. Even though times were tough, their love for each other stayed strong. While Abigail grew and changed throughout this journey, Robert became a man who was unrecognizable at the end. It was an enlightening and enriching experience. I want to thank Ms. Leigh for keeping me captivated.

Kimberly
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