The Mallee Girl by Jennifer Scoullar is a thought-provoking romance/adventure set in the Victorian (Mallee) High Country by the bestselling author of Brumby’s Run.
Pippa Black has finally been driven to escape an ongoing violent relationship, spurred on by the possibility of finding the person who may have connections to her long-lost brother.
Stealing a vehicle, grabbing some loose change, and her canine companion, Duke, she heads to the Victorian Alps. Her mission leads her to the remote town of Currajong, where she finds refuge, until she discovers that she’s been unwittingly implicated in a serious crime.
Fleeing from the town, she drives until she discovers Brumby’s Run, a sanctuary for wild horses, run by farm manager, Levi. Discovering that she has an affinity with horses, he offers her employment as his assistant.
Pippa becomes captivated by the elusive, brumby herd leader that Levi has named Thowra. Still afraid for her own safety, she gains from them both the confidence to at last stand up for herself.
Can she, however, find release from abuse, and reconciliation with family?
This wonderfully exciting and poignant novel depicts the beauty of the land and it’s diverse flora and fauna. It also tells of those who love and respect this diversity along with the wild brumbies, who also make it their home.
The comfort of a dog’s faithful companionship, and the joy and skill of working with horses, also plays an important part in the narrative.
However, this powerful novel does, also, include the darker side of life – violence, crime and a lack of respect for women by men. There are ways of breaking a horse that destroys its spirit, and the same can be said of the insidiousness of a controlling relationship within marriage.
Aspects of human nature are explored, examined and integrated into this heart-warming/heart-breaking new novel.
The Mallee Girl is a must-read for those who love drama, romance, and the Australian bush and its inhabitants.
The Mallee Girl by Jennifer Scoullar is available in paperback, e-book and audiobook
About Jennifer Scoullar
Jennifer Scoullar is a bestselling author of Australian rural fiction, and lives with her family on a small property in West Gippsland. Her house is on a hilltop, overlooking valleys of messmate and mountain ash. She grew up on the books of Elyne Mitchell, and all her life she’s ridden and bred horses, in particular Australian stock horses. Jennifer writes page-turning stories set in and around Australia’s magnificent wild places. She has nine published novels, including the bestselling Brumby’s Run, and the historical adventure series The Tasmanian Tales.