I just finished reading Eumeralla and feel as if I've just been to Australia. The sense of place the author evokes is remarkably done, down to the smallest details. Life on the ranch (or is it station?) is lovingly portrayed, in all its difficulties, challenges, and beauties. Everything--the dialogue, the descriptions, the plot--has the ring of truth about it. The characters are beautifully drawn, and absolutely believable, with all their complexities, mistakes, regrets, and charm. The author depicts the strength of family and how those closest to us have the power to hurt us the most. Within the characters she explores the nature of insecurities, the miseries of jealousy, and the convoluted feelings of love. At first I was daunted by the number of characters, but this soon sorts itself out as the story unfolds. There are a lot of unexpected twists and turns, and the sense of mystery keeps you turning (clicking) the page. The ending is powerful and unexpected--both bittersweet and hopeful. A great read.