THE TRADER'S DREAM is the third novel in Anna Jacobs's wonderfully atmospheric new saga series 'The Traders', set in Europe, the Orient and Australia's Swan River Colony.
Bram Deagan dreams of bringing his family from Ireland to join him in Australia, where he now runs a successful trading business.
But when a typhus epidemic strikes Ireland, it leaves the Deagan family decimated. And, with other family members scattered round the world, it is left to Maura Deagan to look after her orphaned nieces and nephew.
Forced to abandon her own ambitions, and unsure whether she is ready to become a mother-figure to three young children, Maura recognises that their only hope is to join Bram in far away Australia. So they set sail on the SS Delta, which will carry them there, via the newly opened Suez Canal.
It is only when a storm throws her and fellow passenger Hugh Beaufort together that Maura realises this journey may also give her a chance to pursue a dream she set aside long ago - to have a family of her own. That is, until someone from Hugh's past threatens to jeopardise everything . . .
A compelling read - Sun on FREEDOM'S LAND
A gripping storyteller. - Sunday Star Times, Auckland, NZ
Impressive grasp of human emotions. - The Sunday Times
This is a fascinating insight into a piece of Australia's history that receives little attention. - Newcastle Herald, Australia on FREEDOM'S LAND
Vivid insight into family relationships - Coventry Evening Telegraph
Anna Jacobs' books are deservedly popular. She is one of the best writers of Lancashire sagas around. - Historical Novels Review
This story has something happening on every page...great characters and the ensemble of secondary characters flow easily with some quite complicated plots flowing well around the central story. - Australian Romance Readers Association on THE TRADER'S SISTER
Jacobs excels at creating vivid, memorable characters. - Booklist USA
'This story has something happening on every page...great characters and the ensemble of secondary characters flow easily with some quite complicated plots flowing well around the central story.' - Australian Romance Readers Association on THE TRADER'S SISTER
'A compelling read' - Sun on FREEDOM'S LAND
'A gripping storyteller.' - Sunday Star Times, Auckland, NZ
Anna Jacobs grew up in Lancashire and emigrated to Australia, but still visits the UK regularly to see her family and do research, something she loves. She is addicted to writing and figures she'll have to live to be 120 at least to tell all the stories that keep popping up in her imagination and nagging her to write them down.
She's also addicted to her own hero, to whom she's been happily married for many years.
She is the bestselling author of over sixty novels and has been shortlisted for several awards. Pride of Lancashire won the Australian Romantic Book of the Year Award in 2006, and The Trader's Wife is on the shortlist for the 2012 award.
You can find out more on her website, www.annajacobs.com or on her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Anna.Jacobs.Books.