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Release day: Love and Other Addictions

27 March 2020

Today is the official release of Love and Other Addictions by Isabella Hargreaves (ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:

Can love overcome addiction to wealth or duty?

Australia, 1873: Wealthy pastoralist and member of parliament, Robert Dysart, migrated to Australia to make his fortune. He craves his estranged father’s respect and believes he can earn it only through financial success and power…until he meets Edith Glendinning.

Edith, as an eldest daughter, is duty-bound to care for her widowed father and her siblings. Following her brother’s rescue from a London opium den, her father tasks Edith with accompanying Harry to an isolated pastoral property in Australia and to keep him drug-free. She longs for a husband and family, but instead must fulfil her duty.

Soon after arriving in Australia, Edith’s life is saved by the charming and attractive Robert and she dreams of a future with him; until she learns of his ruthless ambition to own her brother’s property. For their love to bloom, they must overcome their addictions—Robert must prove he cares more for Edith than for wealth and power, while Edith must choose Robert over her duty to her family.

Isabella dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

While researching two theses about women and families in colonial Queensland, I read many fascinating diaries and letters written by Victorian women, most of whom had migrated to Australia for a new life. Inspired by The Diary of Rachel Henning, which revealed the life of a young Englishwoman on her brother’s sheep station, this second book in the Stations of the Heart series is set in central Queensland in the early 1870s. Love and Other Addictions tells the story of opportunistic pastoralist Robert Dysart, who wants control of the river-front property he was cheated out of by a claim-jumper ten years ago. To create a new life in Australia, Edith’s brother buys a pastoral property—the one Robert has coveted for years. Distrust and bitter conflict develop between Edith and Robert, souring their early attraction, until Robert finds a way to prove to Edith that he loves her more than land, wealth and power. Love and Other Addictions is a 30,000-word novella, which can be read as a standalone story or the second book in the Stations of the Heart series.

You can find out more about this book at Isabella’s website or buy it from Amazon.

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