Thursday, October 6, 2016

Staircase to the Moon by Elizabeth Haran

Perth, Western Australia, 1913: When her conservative family tries to force Emily into an arranged marriage with a much older, wealthy man, she decides to take destiny into her own hands and escape her strict father and overbearing brothers. 

She embarks on a ship to North-Western Australia to take up employment as a private seamstress for a large and rich farming family, who welcome her with open arms. Surrounded by the breathtakingly beautiful and remote landscapes of the Kimberly region, Emily starts to believe that happiness and love really are possible in her new life. But storm clouds are gathering, and as the men of Kimberley march off to war in Europe, Emily must step up to prove herself against all the odds. And that's when things start to turn out different than she ever could have imagined ...


The cover and the setting of the Australia Outback in the early 1900's greatly appealed to me. Emily is the protagonist, a young woman who is overly oppressed by the overbearing males in her family. She longs to escape to somewhere she can be free. Instead, her family attempts to marry her off to a man she finds abhorant. What does she do? Well she escapes to a remote area of Australia and begins work as a seamstress for a lady and three daughters in a large manor house. As her time with the family runs out, and war threatens, Emily finds herself facing numerous adversities.    

There is a really good story to be found in the pages of this book, but unfortunately, I could not finish it. I really wanted to like this book, but I have to admit I struggled with the primitive writing, typing errors, and overly modern prose that kept throwing me out of the story.   

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