BOOK CLUB:The Bushranger’s Wife

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Cheryl Adnams goes beyond the stories of the bushrangers of colonial Australia to the women that love them. What type of woman would marry a bushranger, a criminal?

Prudence has moved from England to Australia with her grandmother Lady Deidre Stanforth. When they are held up by a bushranger, introducing himself as Jack the Devil, on their very first day in Victoria rather than be afraid Prudence is thrilled by the excitement and adventure this new land held.

Jack Fairweather businessman and closet bushranger, Jack the Devil, loves his carefree life and the thrill of the heist. He vows he will never settle down. But after holding up the carriage of Prudence and Lady Stanforth he can’t get the young woman out of his mind.

It’s 1861 and girls are brought up to be subservient and dutiful. Prudence knows this and has done her best to comply but she sees her move to Australia as a last chance to run wild and spread her wings until she must settle into the marriage of a grandmother approved suitor.

I loved Prudence’s character. She was wild, rebellious, full of life and could be persuasive, even quite devious when she wanted something. She was intelligent and inquisitive and was well-read. She was raised to be delicate and dainty but her true nature was to be fierce and determined. The more she tasted freedom the more she wanted. She was a young woman before her time.

Jack was the most delectable anti-hero. Handsome, charming and a true gentleman. Even though he was a bushranger and thus a criminal his cheeky, easy going manner made it easy to look past this. He was the perfect fit for Pru.

The Bushranger’s Wife is a story filled with passion, danger, adventure and the true power of love. It is fast-paced and heartwarming, flirty and sensual. It has all the elements of a perfect romance read.

This was my first book by Cheryl Adnams and I am now eager to read some of Cheryl’s backlist.

A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are reading The Bushranger’s Wife by Cheryl Adnams. You can read their comments below, or add your own review.

ISBN: 9781489291134
Copy courtesy of Harper Collins

12 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB:The Bushranger’s Wife

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed The Bushrangers Wife by Cheryl Adnams and I look forward to reading other books by her.
    The story is set in Central Victoria in the 1860’s and follows the romance of Jack The Devil the bush ranger and Prudence one of his robbery victims who leaves her family following the revalation of a family secret and the life that they then lead.
    A great read that I give 5 stars.

  2. I just couldn’t put this book down and read it in a day! What is not to like about a Bushranger and a well to do English girl!
    Jack the Devil is so likeable as he leads a double life and Prudence who leads a well respected life lead by her dominant Grandmother! Theft by highway is their first meeting. A meeting which both don’t forget and chance meetings reflect their growing love! Deception, theft, family rifts, friendships, love and the unexpected all in one book.
    Works for me!!! Cheryl Adnams you wrote a truly exciting tale!

  3. The Bushranger’s Wife – Cheryl Adnams
    Lady Carrington and her Grand-daughter Prudence are travelling to their new home in the Victorian town of Ballarat when their carriage is stopped by three bushrangers who ransack their belongings taking anything valuable.
    Their leader, Jack the Devil approaches the two woman inside the carriage asking questions and taking Prudence’s earrings, hair clip and her sentimentally valuable locket belonging to her late Mother.
    Prudence notices Jack’s distinctive honey coloured eyes and is surprised when rather than feeling scared she actually feels excited.
    When they meet again at a local horse race where Jack is in disguise as a well reguarded business man, Jack agrees to return Prue’s locket in exchange for a kiss and they both feel a spark between them.
    Unbeknownst to Prue, her Grandmother has arranged her marriage to a respectable older man, despite her feelings towards Jack she understands this is the sensible way for her to spend her future.
    But when Prue finds out her Grandmother has been keeping a terrible secret from her Prue runs away from her safe life straight in to the arms of Jack and his dangerous life.
    This book is such a lovely love story with a strong, opinionated, gutsy female lead, I loved it!

  4. Such a delightful love story with a setting that so interesting – 1861 Australia – times where ruthless bushrangers roam and upper-class women do what they’re told. In the Bushranger’s Wife the characters in this romance are not so typical, and that’s what makes this a great tale.

    The soft-hearted bushranger, Jack the Devil and the well-read, fearless and adventurous, Prudence Standforth encounter escapades, share passionate moments as well as deal with some personal trials and tribulations as they get to know for each other.

    It was an easy-to-read and easy-to-love book. I would recommend The Bushranger’s Wife to other romance readers. Thank you Cheryl Adnams, HarperCollins and Beauty and Lace for allowing me to read and review this lovely book.

  5. Thankyou Beautyandlace and HarperCollins for the opportunity to read ‘The Bushranger’s Wife’ by Cheryl Adnams.
    The book begins in the Victorian Highlands in 1861 where Jack the devil a bushranger of nearly a decade is again holding up a carriage at gunpoint, this time with Lady Deidre Stanforth and granddaughter Prudence onboard.
    Prudence is rather taken with masked Jack’s eyes she felt he didn’t look dangerous or menacing, but among other of their items he did take her locket which was of sentimental value to her.
    They had just arrived from England and were journeying to Carrington Manor the home of her Uncle Charles and his wife Alicia.
    She is restless at the Manor and is tired of the strictness of her grandmother and takes to riding some distance unaccompanied.
    Prudence is delighted when her Uncle takes them all to a Melbourne race meeting at Flemington, there she meets Jack Fairweather and there recognises him as Jack the devil bushranger.
    After a disappointment in finding her grandmother has deceived her in issues regarding her mother Prudence escapes the manor and moves in with Jack. Soon romance blossoms and more exciting events take place.
    This is an interesting Australian historic book and one to appeal to those who enjoy adventure and romance.

  6. This novel is set in 1861 the highlands of Victoria during the gold rush days
    Jack Fairweather is a bush ranger but also a respected businessman in town
    Pru Stanforth and her grandmother are travelling to live with family when they are held up by Jack and his gang
    Pru is such a strong will minded young woman
    Didn’t like her grandmother except at the end of the book ( no spoilers )
    Jack is a big softie who falls in love with Pru
    An enjoyable book to read
    Thanks for selecting me to read The Bushrangers Wife written by Cheryl Adnams

  7. I absolutely love this book it have everything I love beauty&lace to give me this change to read this book I would recommend everybody to read

  8. I loved this book! I really enjoy a good Australian historical novel and this one is right up there with my favourites!
    The story flowed seemlessly from start to finish and I was easily swept away in the romance of the bushranger/high society storyline. The characters were so full of life and likeable, it really was such a great book to read and easily enjoyed!
    Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for the chance to discover another great Australian author. I’m looking forward to reading more from Cheryl Adnams.

  9. Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Harlequin Mira for the opportunity to read and review The Bushranger’s wife by Cheryl Adnams.

    Although classed as Historical Romance, I found large parts of the storyline to be so improbable as to not justify being included in this genre. The tale is a light hearted, relatively easy read, and if you are prepared to overlook the lack of credibility in the tale itself, and just enjoy it as romantic fiction, then it is an acceptable read.

    I would recommend this book to lovers of romantic fiction, but not avid readers of Historical Fiction or Historical Romance, I give it 3 stars.

  10. I really enjoyed this historical romance that had plenty of adventure.

    I was pleased to receive a copy of this from Beauty and Lace Bookclub and Harlequin Mira and found it a good book to get lost in.

    When Prudence is held up by bushrangers on arriving in Australia, instead of being afraid she is excited and drawn to Jack the Devil, the man who holds her up.

    I really enjoyed the chemistry and romance between these two characters and found there was much more romance than I’d been expecting from this novel. Pru left everything she’d known so that she wouldn’t be married off and fell into Jack’s arms for convenience which soon turns into much more for them both.

    There was plenty of tension, with Jack being wanted for bushranging and past discretions with other felons, and while he tried to shield Pru from the danger, he wasn’t always successful. I enjoyed the side characters, and the friendship that Pru formed with them, so different to what she was used to.

    A good historical romance, I’ll be catching up on The Girl From Eureka which I am well overdue to read.

  11. I loved being transported to another era with this highly entertaining historical fiction full of adventure and romance. I was very much invested in Pru and Jack’s love story, they had great chemistry and had me eagerly turning pages wanting to know how their story would end. The Bushranger’s Wife was just the escape that I needed and I look forward to reading more books by Cheryl Adnams.

    Thanks to Beauty and Lace Bookclub and Harlequin Mira for providing a copy for review.

  12. This is an entralling tale set in 18th century Australia. As the title suggests, it is about a bushranger and his wife, how they came to meet, be together and the journey they share. Many times I thought I had the next bit picked out, but author Cheryl Adnams cleverly kept turning things slightly away from what I expeceted, which only pulled me deeper into the story.
    Although it was a romantic tale, it was never too mushy like romance novels often get, and I was hooked from the first page!
    Thank you Beauty and Lace and Cheryl Adnams! Definitley a book I would recommend!!

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