In the first of the series, Gold, we are introduced to Miss Jane Mutta, a determined, independent young Scottish woman who defied the sentiment of the time and graduated from University as a Dentist. She is determined to practice her profession and pave a path for women. Queen Victoria requests that Jane travels to the gold fields of Australia to care for the dental health of her Australian subjects. As independent a woman as Jane was, one doesn't turn down the reigning Sovereign.
In Gold, we see Jane first meet her fellow Scot, Douglas Fyfe and watch the future relationship develop.
I love Shell's simple, uncluttered writing style that tells the story with humor and efficiency. It is so easy to empathize and identify with these characters. I really enjoyed Gold and am looking forward to reading the second book in the series SS Admella.
A couple of things that make this and most of Shell's books special is the original artwork by Kathy Shell. As well as the cover, which is wonderful, there is a selection of prints of paintings from early Australia as well as some advice from Shell for budding artists. What a wonderful bonus at the end of a fantastic story.
As usual, Ryn Shell has exceeded my expectations. No question of five stars for this one. Great job!