Series: The Traders #5
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on April 24, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: My own copy
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When Fergus Deagan's wife dies in childbirth, she makes him promise to take their family to Western Australia to join his brother Bram, also to marry again. She’s right. His young sons and newborn daughter do need a mother’s love and he needs something different in his life.
Disowned by her father for becoming pregnant, Cara Payton bears a stillborn baby. She’s in deep despair until a plea to wetnurse a motherless baby gives her life new purpose. And when Fergus proposes marriage she accepts. She respects him and is happy to stay with the child she now loves.
During the voyage to Australia, she and Fergus draw closer, then her past rears its ugly head and they face a terrible crisis. When they finally get to Fremantle, Fergus and Bram, always rivals, struggle to grow closer. To make matters worse, Bram has financial problems and there is no railway where Fergus can find work. Can the two brothers solve their problems? Will the newcomers find a way to build a new life?
R*BY Review Challenge 2015
As the reviews are made live, the schedule page will be updated, so you, the lovely reader, can find them all in one spot!
The seventh title in this year’s R*BY Review Challenge is The Trader’s Reward by Anna Jacobs. Originally released in April 2014, this is brought to you by Hodder & Stoughton.
OK, now what did I think of The Trader’s Reward?
I wasn’t aware until I started reading The Trader’s Reward that it was the fifth and final in the series. I realize that things would probably have made more sense, had I read the first four books. However, I still very much enjoyed the journey that I was taken on with The Trader’s Reward.
The glimpses of late 19th-century England, as well as the long and interesting journey over the seas to Australia, were wonderful. Anna Jacobs has done a wonderful job in portraying the time and the historical details, without info-dumping or simplifying it. When reading of times other than your own, you want to feel a part of it, and I think Anna has done this beautifully.
The positions that both Fergus and Cara have found themselves in are unexpected, and often heartbreaking. My heart hurt for what Cara was left to endure by her family, and seeing how Fergus and his family embrace her was lovely (even if it took some of them a little longer than others). The relationship and eventual romance that develops between Fergus and Cara is sweet, and believable, and I very much enjoyed seeing them work their way towards each other.
Elements of suspense and familial tension weave their way through the story, and when Cara had to confront her past unexpectedly, I found myself hoping that she could find her way past it to her richly deserved happiness. Watching Fergus coming together with his brother Bram, after such a very long time, has made me super keen to work my way through the previous books to learn more about this fascinating family.
There is another delightful romance that develops throughout the story between Fergus’ cabin-class friend, Remi and the fascinating Livia. I love seeing the portrayal of mature characters finding love, so thumbs up for this!
A sweet, engaging tale, and well worth reading.
The Trader’s Reward is nominated in the Stories with Romantic Elements category at the R*BYs, and I wish you, Anna, the very best of luck!