4.5 stars. A great author I plan to read more of! This was an entirely unique and emotionally deep historical romance set in Australia. Lucas, an Irish gentleman, has been a prisoner of the English for four years. His crime is defending his country and honor. Jessmond is the wealthy daughter/sister on the estate he is assigned. This story does a great job exploring the prejudices and class differences of that era, and beautifully tells a story of a woman who awakens her beliefs - and finds a passionate but impossilbe love with an Irish convict.