The Goldminer’s Sister by Alison Stuart. (2020).
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
**Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review; published 8 July 2020**
In 1873 Eliza arrives in the goldmining town of Maiden’s Creek in search of her brother but instead she finds a tragic mystery and hints of betrayals by those closest to her. Mining engineer Alec left Scotland to escape the memory of his dead wife and child and despite the best efforts of eligible ladies, he is determined never to give his heart again. As lies and deceit threaten Eliza’s life, Alec steps in although he has his own problems at the Maiden’s Creek Mine.
When disaster draws the pieces of the puzzle together, Eliza and Alec must save each other – but is it too late?
I find myself reading more and more of Australian historical fiction and it’s because of books like this one. After reading this author’s previous novel (The Postmistress) and really enjoying it, I was definitely keen to read this book (and kept seeing amazing reviews for it). Thankfully it more than lived up to the hype! Readers who have read The Postmistress will note some familiar characters and I found that to be a lovely touch; however you don’t need to have read that book to read and enjoy this one. I find this author’s style really engaging; both books I’ve read I’ve been really drawn into the story which is a mixture of history, drama and light romance, and felt so invested in the main character’s lives. I love that the female leads are such strong and intelligent characters. If you are a fan of historical fiction, please make sure you don’t miss out on this excellent novel.