Frances Irvine has been forced to abandon her life of wealth and privilege in London and emigrate to the Southern Cape of Africa. In this remote and inhospitable land she becomes entangled with two very different men - one driven by ambition, the other by his ideals. Only when the rumor of a smallpox epidemic takes her into the dark heart of the diamond mines does she see her path to happiness. But this is a ruthless world, where the spoils of the rich come at a terrible human cost and powerful men will go to any lengths to keep the mines in operation. Removed from civilization and disillusioned by her isolation, Frances must choose between passion and integrity, a decision that has devastating consequences.
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by Jennifer McVeigh
by Jennifer Armstrong
by Jennifer Chiaverini
by Jennifer Probst
by Jennifer Ross
by Jennifer Donnelly
by Jennifer Allison
by Jennifer Faye
"Narrated by Canadian actress Jayne Paterson, McVeigh's novel is the story of a young woman who learns how to rely on herself and see things for what they really are. When her father dies and leaves her destitute, Frances Irvine is left with no good options; it isn't as if a woman can make her own way in London in 1880. Eventually, she decides to accept her cousin's proposal of marriage and join him in South Africa, a country that will test her very limits. Paterson is a skilled and unobtrusive narrator. She enables the listener to become completely subsumed in Frances's story. J.L.K. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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