Treasure, Freedom, Romance: Review of Elsa Goody, Bushranger by Darry Fraser

Treasure, Freedom, Romance: Review of Elsa Goody, Bushranger by Darry Fraser

Elsa Goody is a woman on a quest for buried treasure – and her own freedom. A thrilling historical romance adventure from a bestselling Australian author.

1896 Robe, South Australia: Elsa receives news via a letter that her brother George has died. When her father, Curtis Goody follows close behind, Elsa and her sister Rosie, find themselves in a precarious position. While Rosie is married, she is desperately unhappy, but it is expected that the farm will be passed on to her husband Frank, the only man left in the family.

Elsa is 24 and unmarried, she has been looking after her father, her mother died many years before, and all the other children have moved on or married. An unwanted and questionable potential husband is to be avoided at all costs and the only way to do this is to find an independent means of surviving.

When Rosie fills Elsa in on a treasure that George received before his death, they hatch a plan and set off determined to find it. First stop is Ezekiel Jones who sent them news of their brother’s death. However, for two women alone in 1896, it’s never going to be easy…

What follows is nothing short of a wild adventure that involves bushrangers, unscrupulous suitors and a glimpse into another world where good men respect women. It appears that Elsa and Rosie aren’t the only ones who are seeking out George’s fortune and this leads to being in the path of great danger. Is this a chance for the women to find freedom and happiness or have they taken on a lot more than they expected?

Bestselling Australian author, Darry Fraser is a fabulous storyteller and underlies this compelling plot with strong female characters who challenge the status quo at a time when women are on the brink of exercising their right to vote for the first time in the South Australian Election of 1896.

Fast paced historical fiction, first-hand experience of the South Australian landscape, and the added bonus of a plot line that has been drawn from Darry Fraser’s very own family history make this an authentic, seamless and riveting tale. We know that many of you are already fans of Darry and The Widow of Ballarat made it into our Top 100 this year. Fans will definitely be satisfied with this new offering, as will the many new readers who are now discovering her books.

This was my first Darry Fraser, but it won’t be my last. Her historical fiction is the perfect accompaniment to a winter night in – just add a glass of wine!

 

 

 

 

 

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                  Synopsis

                  Elsa Goody is a woman on a quest for buried treasure - and her own freedom. A thrilling historical romance adventure from a bestselling Australian author.1896 Robe, South AustraliaWhen Elsa Goody's father and brother George die in quick succession she and her sister Rosie are in trouble. Pursued by an unpleasant suitor with dubious motivation, Elsa leaves for Victoria on the hunt for a fortune in gold coins that her brother has hidden. If Elsa can find it she will be able to save Rosie and herself from married slavery.Their quest leads them on a cross-country journey to find the last man who saw her brother alive, Ezekiel Jones. But Elsa is not the only one looking for buried treasure. She and Rosie are beset by bushrangers and in the confusion Elsa is accused of being an accomplice. Luckily not everyone believes that Elsa is a criminal. When she finally catches up with Ezekiel, it's clear that for him she can do no wrong.But with everyone chasing her and bloody violence on the horizon, life is becoming increasingly complicated. Will she and Rosie ever manage to solve the mystery, find the gold and free themselves from a dark future?
                  Darry Fraser
                  About the author

                  Darry Fraser

                  Darry Fraser's first novel, Daughter of the Murray, is set on her beloved River Murray where she spent part of her childhood. Where The Murray River Runs, her second novel, is set in Bendigo in the 1890s, and her third novel, The Widow of Ballarat, takes place on the Ballarat goldfields in the 1850s. Darry currently lives, works and writes on Kangaroo Island, an awe-inspiring place off the coast of South Australia.

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