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Review by Suze
It's 1819 and Electra, an English lady, used to live her life in luxury, but something unfortunate happens to her and her life changes drastically. All of a sudden she's a prisoner and is being shipped away. She's on her way to New South Wales where she's supposed to remain for the duration of her seven-year sentence. Things are looking bad, but then she meets William. He's escaped his father and ex-fiancee and has come to Australia to make a new life for himself. The beautiful fierce and fiery redhead Electra intrigues him and he decides to offer her a marriage of convenience.
Electra finds herself back in society, but she isn't the same person she used to be. She has to find her way in a new country and is now a convict. She does like William, but can they ever love one another? She's determined to make something of her life and she's a strong woman, but she also has her limits. She will be tested again and again. Will she be able to survive?
Beyond Innocence is a beautiful story about a woman who hasn't had much luck in life. Electra might have lived in luxury for a while, but her life has never been very happy. I immediately liked her, because she's so courageous, full of energy and honest. William is a kind man, but he's extra careful as he's been hurt very much in the past. They're both stubborn which sometimes made me want to scream at them. I love it when I feel like that when I'm reading something as that means I care a lot about what happens in the story.
I didn't want Beyond Innocence to end. I could have happily kept reading. I really liked this book. It was great to read about what life was like on a big farm in Australia almost 200 years ago, to learn more about what people had to go through back then and to find out how society worked in that era. Joanna Lloyd writes vividly. I could easily picture William's beautiful farm and his wonderful friends. I love Joanna Lloyd's writing, she has a good pace that made me want to keep reading. If you like a good historical countryside romance you will definitely love this book.
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