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In the mid 19th century, Anna, a lady's maid, is transported to Australia where she marries mad Jack Kelly. Now widowed, Anna owes money to Pat McNamara, whose terms for repayment are unacceptable - at first. Meanwhile, Anna's surviving children grow up into startling different characters. Mary's voice was ruined by a fever, but Mary, the good girl, finds congenial employment as a teacher/helper for a refuge for street arabs. Maggie, the wild bad girl, elopes at the age of 15. Intense, serious Bridget is loved by young Billy, but her heart belongs to someone else. Jack, the only boy, is as wild as Maggie, but has a helping of charm. Jack's pranks go too far, and he ends up in serious trouble.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Australian (mate!) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   grade school Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   Dada gone

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker Age:    -   long lived adults Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Australia Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   rape/molest Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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