By Helen M. Macpherson

Sister Katherine Flynn is an Irish nun, despatched via her order to paintings within the Australian outback. Katherine is a prideful girl who initially joined her order to flee the disgrace of being left on the altar. She had came upon herself getting married merely simply because society dictated it for a tender girl her age, and he or she used to be now not precisely heartbroken whilst it did not happen. but, her mom couldn't be consoled and talked of not anything other than the shame that she had dropped at the Flynn identify. So, she unearths nice aid in escaping the chilly Victorian eire of 1872. Upon her arrival within the outback, she is thrust into the aftermath of a terrible windstorm that has devastated the city, leaving demise and ache in its wake. She starts off her paintings of tending to the fewer lucky households of the district and unearths nice pleasure in teaching the kids.

Catriona Pelham is a member of the quite prosperous farming gentry in the district. Her courting with the hardworking townspeople and its farmers is considered one of actual and mutual appreciate. The town's filthy rich, notwithstanding, have ostracized her because of her unorthodox methods and refusal to comply to society's expectancies of a lady of the 1870's. Catriona reveals convenience within the friendship of the townspeople and farmers, yet at evening she pines for the sweetheart she misplaced some time past -her governess, Adele Cooper.

As a bond among Katherine and Catriona develops, Catriona reveals herself in need of greater than friendship from the Irishwoman. in spite of the fact that, she fears pursuing her emotions lest they no longer be reciprocated. And so the adventure starts off for those strong-willed ladies. For Katherine it's a trip of self-discovery and of what lifestyles holds outdoor the cloistered partitions of the convent. For Catriona it's bittersweet, as emotions she has stored hidden for years resurface in her turning out to be curiosity in Katherine.

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