Wild Orchard by Isabel Dick

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Just off the continent of Australia lies the island of Tasmania. It was to this pleasant land in the year 1840 that Jan Halifax brought his lovely young bride, Harriat Bracken. Theirs had been a quick and stormy courtship. Overriding the restrictions of the conventional clergyman'. family into which the beautiful Harriat had been born, Jan wooed her and carried her away to face with him the adventures of Van Dieman's Land, as Tasmania was then called. She was equipped with no knowledge of what lay before her, but she loved her husband. That was enough. Wild Orchard is the story of how they strive to wrench a home out of the stubborn, discouraging "bush", and establish the name Halifax gloriously and solidly--in Island history. Fire swept away their promised house but friendly neighbors and willing workmen helped them build again. Ex-convicts were their servants, and the lawlessness of a raw country sometimes frightened the gently bred Harriat.

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Published January 1, 1945 by Peoples Book Club Edition.
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Considerable charm in a story of Tasmania in the 1840's — a book that may well share something of the popularity of Green Dolphin Street.

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