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This request comes from K, who read this book a long time ago – but it sounds fascinating!

I read a historical romance somewhere between the late 1970’s or and mid
1980’s.

It was set in Australia as it was being founded as a penal colony. Of course
the usual theme, she hates him but is attracted to him.

It was really interesting because it incorporated a lot of early Australian
history into the romance, and in the end the hero names the town Adelaide
after her.

Does this sound familiar to anyone? Does anyone remember the name or author?
I would love to find this book.

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  1. 1
    xaipe says:

    The heroine of Blaze of Passion by Stephanie Blake is named Adelaide, but the plot description sounds like it doesn’t limit itself to Australia. http://girrlitsbooks.com.au/stephanie-blake-blaze-of-passion/prod_4223.html

    in the end the hero names the town Adelaide
    after her.

    Was this before or after she married William IV?

  2. 2
    Sandra says:

    Not the book you’re looking for, but Candace Proctor (CS Harris) has several books set in early Australia.

    Captcha always knows: foreign85

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    Jean K says:

    Morgan’s Run by Colleen McCullough?

    The plot matches. Not sure about the Adelaide part, though.

  4. 4

    Don’t have a clue, but it sounds like something I’d like to read!

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    FD says:

    No Adelaide and far too recent, but Paula Marshall wrote a Harlequin Historical called Hester Waring’s Marriage, which which starts out as described and involved an ex-convict and the daughter of a colony founder.

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    Sarah C says:

    The heroine of Blaze of Passion by Stephanie Blake is named Adelaide, but the plot description sounds like it doesn’t limit itself to Australia.

    I believe it is this book the time frame is right book was published in 1978
    its available on paperbackswap
    http://www.paperbackswap.com/Blaze-Passion-Stephanie-Blake/book/0872164624/
    here is the blurb:
    In a breathtaking romance that races from the turbulence of nineteenth-century England to the sweltering penal colonies in the Australian jungle, from glamorous and sophisticated Paris to the wild California gold fields, from dazzling San Francisco to an earth-shattering climax of fierce passion and revenge, a beautiful woman and two determined men are relentlessly driven by the wanton winds of fate.

    ADELAIDE DEERING – the golden-haired, green-eyed vixen whose blazing beauty stirred men’s strongest passions and whose bold and reckless charms snared their very souls.

    CRAIG MacDOUGAL – the dashing outlaw-turned-titan whose savage desire for Addie was matched only by his passion for plunder.

    JOHN BLANDINGS – a man blinded by insane jealousy, whose hunger for Adelaide took him from the out country of Australia and propelled him on a violent trek across the globe.

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    Lisa says:

    Looks like you’ve already got the right book, but here’s another Aussie history rec: a different Paula Marshall called “An Unconventional Heiress.”

    Blurb:

    “Society heiress Sarah Langley came to Australia to get away from her stifling English home. But she didn’t expect to mix with transported criminals like the duplicitous Tom Dilhorne and the infuriating, intense Alan Kerr.

    An unjustly disgraced doctor, Alan Kerr spent all his energy helping Sydney’s poor. He had no time to waste on silly society women like Sarah Langley. But his feelings changed when he learned more about the caring beauty. And from their unlikely friendship, a forbidden passion started to grow….”

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