Diana Palmer has written only a few times for the special edition line, but THE AUSTRALIAN is one of my all-time favorite romance novels. This book takes place both in Hawaii, where the heroine goes to college, and in Australia. Ms. Palmer gives us just the right amount of Australian history and culture to be interesting without dragging the book down. It is hard for me to pinpoint why I enjoy this book so much because there are many reasons. I love the hero. He is strong, honorable, and, most importantly, in love. I say this because sometimes I find the heroes love unconvincing. And, although the heroine is young, her pain at their initial parting is acute and believable. The hero's financial problems keep the two apart and also give the heroine a chance to grow while away at college. I think I'm a sucker for love that lasts over years even when the couple isn't together. This makes the happy ending all the sweeter to me.
For two years Priscilla Johnson watched John Sterling manage his cattle station, and at the tender age of eighteen she innocently surrendered her young heart to him. He was big, brash, brazen and Australian. Everyone called it infatuation, Priss knew it was love.
But Priscilla had to move on with her life. Four years at college in Hawaii provided the time and distance to transform a naive girl into a desirable, mature woman.
Returning to Australia as a certified teacher, she was ready to put John to the test. And ready or not, he was about to learn a lesson he would never forget.
I love Diana Palmers books. Her portrayal of men has gentled in the last few years. In the Australian our hero is a lot older than our heroine and he is very much in love with her but acts like he isn't because he thinks he is giving her an opportunity to go grow up and find herself. When she comes back to teach school, he thinks he has a chance but then he blows it. Fortunately they do end up with each other but there is a lot of pain and struggle on both their parts. Its a good story and if you like Diana Palmers books, you'll like this one to.
Characters: Priscilla Johnson and John Sterling
On a cattle station in Australia, Priscilla has been pining for John Sterling for years, but he hurt her badly. Back from college in America, she is determined to have nothing to do with him.
This story unfolds with the passion that fans of Palmer's work love. Somewhat unexpected was the ufolding of the backstory in such detail, which only fueled the central conflict into a great sizzle.