John and Hannah Bradshaw had emigrated to Australia against their will, on a prison ship in 1804. Three years later they are free, and the newlyweds are determined to make a go of it as settlers. But their plans come to a sudden halt when John’s first wife, whom he thought dead, reappears, very intent on resuming their relationship. Because the church doesn’t consider the awkward situation reason enough for John to divorce Margaret, Hannah’s faith is tested, as she can see no way out of their predicament. Then her suspicions are raised when Margaret shows signs of being more interested in John’s property than in John himself.
This is book three of the author’s Sydney Cove series. Leon says in the acknowledgments section that she had Australians vet the manuscript for her, so I must be mistaken about what I thought were some Americanisms, such as the use of “pants” to refer to men’s trousers. There’s more talk than action in the story, even in the final confrontation with Margaret. Fans of the quieter type of inspirational romance will like it, but would probably enjoy the story arc more if they started with the first volume of the series.