Fletcher’s book covers three generations of the Garrity family of Wayamba Station in Australia’s Outback. Patrick jumps at the chance to leave the orphanage he’s been raised in and in time becomes the owner of the large Station. The Outback being short of white women, Patrick begins a relationship with Aborigine Mayrah and eventually marries her. The second part of the book focuses on Elizabeth Cummings, who arrives at Wayamba with her abusive husband and becomes involved with the Garitty’s children Sheila and Colin. Circumstances land Elizabeth firmly in the lap of the Garrity family and the story concludes with that of the next generation, her sons and Sheila’s son James.
That really is the story in a nut shell, you aren’t going to find a whole lot of action and adventure – not much to do out there but herd sheep. That said, it is an interesting read if you want to know more about Australia and the Outback in particular, but you will learn way more about all things sheep than you ever wanted to know.
While I did enjoy this, I do have to quibble over the sudden shifts in storyline, it would have been helpful to start them off with a year and/or name of the main character so you’re not scratching your head for several chapters wondering where the story has gone. I really liked the relationship between Elizabeth and Sheila, especially watching Elizabeth *toughen up*, but I felt Colin was a bit of a non-entity, merely there for the siring of the next generation. A glossary would have been helpful, there were a lot of terms used not commonly known outside of the land of OZ. This is the first book in a series and I do plan on reading the rest of them eventually. I believe this is the series order,
2. Outback Station
4. Wallaby Track
5. Outback Legacy