Feature book: The Trader’s Sister
Ismay Deagan lives in Ireland with her parents and younger siblings in a cramped and shabby two room cottage. Her father is set on marrying her off to Rory Flynn, a neighbour and a bully. Ismay dreams of travelling to Western Australia to be with her older brother, Bram Deagan, who is building a business and life there with his family. When Ismay becomes a live-in household maid for Kieran and Julia Largan she feels she has making progress towards her goal. Unfortunately her father and Rory don’t give up easily. When Rory attacks her they argue that she now has no choice but to marry Rory, however, the Largans are now in her corner.
Kieran Largan is shocked by the treatment Ismay receives from her father and Rory so he and his wife arrange for her to travel to WA. Kieran and Julia help her to disguise herself as a young widow and escort her to a ship, advising her that her brother and his, Conn Largan, will look out for her in WA. Ismay thanks them for their kindness and tries to stay positive as the journey begins. Rory Flynn doesn’t give up and manages to travel to WA as well, still focused on marrying Ismay.
Adam Treagar was born a bastard and became an orphan at ten when his mother died. Now that his father has died, he is travelling to WA with his Aunt, the woman who looked after him, to discover what he has inherited. Adam hopes to build a new life and soon needs Ismay to care for his Aunt who has difficulty with the sea travel. Soon both Adam and Harriet care for Ismay and she tells them all about Rory. When she miscarries they halt their journey so she can recover.
When they arrive in WA, Bram welcomes them into his house. He mentions Rory has approached him about marrying Ismay and is informed of everything that has happened. Adam tries to convince Ismay he wants to marry her and the difference in their classes isn’t an issue. Will Ismay allow herself to be happy with Adam and will Rory give up his obsessions with her?
This is the second book in Anna’s Trader’s Series and follows on from her Swan River Colony trilogy. The story keeps you turning the pages with characters, who have you cheering for them or despising them. An added bonus is the opportunity to catch up with old friends in the characters from previous books. This is a must read book but only open it when you have time to read it as it’s hard to put down.
reviewed by Tracey T
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. All ARRA members who leave a comment will go in the draw to win the book. The draw will close on 15 August. (The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Lyn.)