There is an element of flicking back and forth between the early 1800's and the 1940's, which takes a little getting used to, but it makes little difference to the enjoyment of the book.
Of all the characters Shell has introduced during this series, the ones I am most drawn to are Jane Mutta and Douglas Fife, the original founders of the Fife dynasty.
I loved reading how Jane and Douglas got together. There was a real element of whimsy and humour that I hadn't always seen in Shell's work to date. I absolutely want to read more about this couple after the shipwreck of the Admella. There are still some unanswered questions.
The style of Shell is so relaxed and conversational, it is impossible not to get drawn into the worlds she creates with words. I love her descriptions of the Australian outback and knowing there is an element of herself in all of these characters, especially Emily, just makes this book even more special.
I cannot read enough from this talented woman and I look forward to her next effort of combining three novellas into a full-length novel. Excellent work and long may it continue.