The Postmistress by Alison Stuart. (2019).
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
It’s 1871. Adelaide and her young son live in Maiden’s Creek where she works as a postmistress. The rough Victorian goldmining settlement is a hard place for a woman but through force of will and sheer necessity, Adelaide carves out a role. But her past is coming to find her and she may need the help of the embittered and scarred Confederate soldier Caleb. Caleb is in search of gold and not without a dark past of his own. When death and danger threaten, she must swallow her pride and turn to Caleb to join her in the fight that she is determined to win…
I don’t often venture before the year 1900 (don’t ask me why, I have no logical answer haha). So I was surprised just how much I got into this book and really enjoyed it. I was really drawn into the storyline, and I really liked Adelaide. I love when the female lead is intelligent, strong and forward for the times. There is a romance in the storyline and I think it was done really well as it didn’t ‘take over’; it was quite subtle but still obvious and quite lovely. Caleb was a bit of a dark horse for me; at first I wasn’t sure about him and then he grew on me so by the end I really liked his character. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would happily recommend to those that enjoy historical fiction (or those that are looking to try a historical fiction, this would be a great start in that genre).