All The Rivers Run Author:Nancy Cato Philadelphia Gordon is a painter, a riverboat skipper, a beautiful woman. Set against the lush, wild countryside and winding rivers of Australia, illuminated by vibrant portraits of the landscapes and people that touch Philadelphia's life, this is her story-compelling, moving, and unforgettable. — Orphaned in a shipwreck that cuts her off forever... more » from her native England, twelve-year-old Delie begins a new life in the snowy, goldmining town of Kiandra. Living with her only relatives-severe Aunt Hester; lazy, sensual Uncle Charles, and her wonderful, handsome cousin, Adam-Delia grows into a lovely young woman, enjoying a glorious freedom until a tragic accidents sends her away from home. In the cities of Echuca and Melbourne, Delie studies painting and begins to make a name for herself-and thenshe falls in love with a riverboat captain.
It should be a fairy-tale ending, for Delie has always longed to live on the river. But children come, and with them the hardships of taking care of a family on a crowded, dangerous boat. Delie learns what it is like to sail past magnificent scenery that she has no time to paint, to try to hold her preoccupied husband's interest, to find herself drawn to other men. . . . Through is all she remains a woman of spirit-brave, romantic, indomitable, and as vividly real as a friend we have known all our lives.« less