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September Moon Mass Market Paperback – 5 Oct 1999

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (5 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044900127X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449001271
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.3 x 17.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,014,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Tale from the Queen of Australian Romance 17 Aug. 2012
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Set in 1864 in Australia, this is a story of love in a foreign land, of discovering the world that opens to your heart when you embrace the things you fear the most. When her employer to whom she was companion dies, Englishwoman Amanda Davenport is suddenly stranded in Port Adelaide, Australia with no funds. Desperate and running out of money, she accepts a position as governess to Patrick O'Reilly's three children in the isolated wilderness of the Flinders Ranges in the Outback (see picture below). Her only thought was to work for a year to secure passage home to England.

What happens when you love the man but hate the land he loves? And when he's not even free to call you his own? That is the dilemma faced by Amanda. And the land she hates is harsh: "It was the endless, aching vistas of a land empty of all pretense, where everything was raw and vast and awe-inspiringly magnificent. A land as wild and wide open and untamable as a man's soul." (See picture of the Flinders Ranges below.)

Proctor has once again served up a sweeping saga, a compelling tale of conflicting emotions as the hero and heroine are forced to deal with the ghosts of their past and the failings of others. Her descriptions of wild Outback Australia are so vivid you will feel like you're there. She includes exciting scenes of a horse race that will have you on the edge of your seat and a massive dust storm that will make you taste the sand. The secondary characters are wonderful, especially O'Reilly's children. As readers, we are used to reading about a man leaving a woman, but in this story it's the O'Reilly men who fall in love with Englishwomen only to have them leave because they hate Australia. And when a woman comes along who might be different, whose love might compel her to stay, well...

Let me just say, you will not be disappointed with this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A dud 4 Sept. 2002
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I loved Whispers of Heaven, but this book is a dud. An English governess in Australia falls in love with her Australian employer. What's so interesting about that? There isn't much of a plot, unless you count a drought that kills some sheep. The dialogue is atrocious. The supposedly tough Australian has a tendency to sound like a licensed therapist, counseling the uptight (on the outside, of course) governess to "be the woman she really wants to be, the woman she is on the inside." The heroine is also a therapist, and in just a few short weeks has diagnosed the dysfunctions of O'Reilly's family and devised various healing recipes for his relationship with his children. We are supposed to believe that our heroine, who began the book longing for her home in England, gradually discovers that she is a wild Australian at heart and at the same time wins the respect of O'Reilly and his family by proving that she's tough enough to "take anything this land throws at her." As far as I can tell, she did nothing whatsoever to prove herself, nor could I find any particular reason for O'Reilly to love her. Other than O'Reilly's frequently bare chest, I'm not even sure what she saw in him. But it was a romance novel, so they fell in love and whispered all the appropriate (and often out of character) sweet nothings to each other and then dutifully lived happily ever after. Overall, it was just weak.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down! 6 Oct. 1999
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As in her first novel "Night in Eden" I was totally engrossed in the story and characters.I began reading in the morning and read all through the night. My life was put on hold until I could find out how the lives of Amanda and Patrick would come together. Candice Proctor is definitely a first class writer who can weave a spell on you with her vivid places and unforgettable characters.The last time I responded with such emotion was when I read "Keeper of the Dream" by her sister Penelope Williamson. Such wonderful talent from one family!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 Mar. 2015
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Love the book. Author is great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS ONE ROMANTIC BOOK! O'REILLY IS ONE SEXY MAN! 10 Jun. 2001
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If you like romance books that keep you waiting you will love this one. I could not put this book down. Candice Proctor has done it again with her wonderful story telling! The man in this book makes your heart go a hundred miles and hour! What a hunk!
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