A tumultuous and enthralling novel set in the 19th century Victorian goldfields, featuring passions, obsession and a headstrong heroine determined on a creative life. From the acclaimed author of Night Surfing, Last of the Sane Days, and That Oceanic Feeling.
Jemma Musk is settling into her new home in the bustling goldfields town of Wombat Hill, wanting to establish herself as a painter and an independent woman. But word has gone out that she saw a young girl brush with death. Instead of saving her, she sketched her. What kind of woman does that?
This is not the last time that Jemma Musk will find herself hounded by gossip and scandal. Even after she has married Gotardo, an Italian-Swiss dairy farmer, and given birth to their daughter Lucy, happiness is denied her. A tragedy sets Jemma on the run from the law, and a legend - that of the beautiful outlaw Musk and her accomplice Byrne - is born.
The passionate and headstrong Jemma, determined to live the creative life, is a heroine in the mould of Sybylla from My Brilliant Career. She will win your heart in this tumultuous and enthralling novel by the author of Night Surfing, Last of the Sane Days, and the award-winning That Oceanic Feeling.