I dont know if I fell in love more with the characters or the vivid descriptions of the Australian outback in this compelling read. A charming and moving story following the Cleary family as they move through life. The Catholic church and its mystical hold over the whole community and indeed its influence over the matriach Mary Carson is formiddable and is played out time and time again as the story progresses. I adore this book and had to purchase another copy as my original has been read so much it had fallen apart !!!