The Trader's Wife
By Anna Jacobs
By the author of FAREWELL TO LANCASHIRE and BEYOND THE SUNSET comes the continuation of the Swan River Saga, for fans of Catherine Cookson.
Singapore in the 1860s is exotic and yet terrifying for Isabella Saunders, a penniless Englishwoman, alone and vulnerable after her mother's death. Too pretty to obtain a governess's job, she accepts an offer from Mr Lee, a Singapore merchant, to teach him English and live with his family.
Two years later Bram Deagan arrives in the country, determined to make his fortune as a trader. Mr Lee sees a way to expand his business connections and persuades Isabella to marry Bram, and she bravely sets sail for a new land and life. But the past casts a long shadow and together they face unexpected dangers. Will they ever be able to achieve their dreams - and find happiness together along the way?
What readers are saying about THE TRADER'S WIFE
'This is women's fiction at its very best' - 5 stars
'I loved this book' - 5 stars
'Fantastic, couldn't put it down' - 5 stars
'I love Anna Jacobs books and never want them to end' - 5 stars
'Like all her books, excellent' - 5 stars
Anna Jacobs grew up in Lancashire and emigrated to Australia, but still visits the UK regularly to see her family and do research, something she loves. She is addicted to writing and figures she'll have to live to be 120 at least to tell all the stories that keep popping up in her imagination and nagging her to write them down.
She's also addicted to her own hero, to whom she's been happily married for many years.
She is the bestselling author of over sixty novels and has been shortlisted for several awards. Pride of Lancashire won the Australian Romantic Book of the Year Award in 2006, and The Trader's Wife is on the shortlist for the 2012 award.
You can find out more on her website, www.annajacobs.com or on her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Anna.Jacobs.Books.
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- Publication date:
13 Oct 2011
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Hodder & Stoughton
'A compelling read' — Sun on FREEDOM'S LAND
Impressive grasp of human emotions. — The Sunday Times
Anna Jacobs' books are deservedly popular. She is one of the best writers of Lancashire sagas around. — Historical Novels Review
Jacobs excels at creating vivid, memorable characters. — Booklist USA
Vivid insight into family relationships — Coventry Evening Telegraph
'A gripping storyteller.' — Sunday Star Times, Auckland, NZ
This is a fascinating insight into a piece of Australia's history that receives little attention. — Newcastle Herald, Australia on FREEDOM'S LAND
With more than 50 mostly romance books under her (garter) belt, the author is more than adept at spinning a yarn and her characters, surprisingly enough, are a particularly engaging lot... whose back stories, which run to petty jealousies, domestic violence and even murder, are carried along nicely by Jacobs' pacy writing and eye for historical detail. As romantic fiction goes, this one's a winner. — The Daily Telegraph
The Trader's Wife is the first book of the Trader Series which is a spinoff of the Swan River Series. I recently read Farewell to Lancashire and Beyond the Sunset in that series. Unfortunately I haven't yet read Destiny's Path and it seems a romantic connection that would be examined in the final book in the Swan River Series is touched on in the Trader's Series (so kind of spoiled it a bit for me!). But that doesn't matter I will still read Destiny's Path shortly and enjoy finding out how the couple came to be.
What I especially like about Anna Jacobs' books is that she works with strong protagonists who are smart and determined and make the most of the societal limitations of the times (1860's). It seems I would recommend any of Anna Jacob's novels that I have read so far because I have found them so enjoyable.
— Australian Bookshelf