By Tamara McKinley Quercus, $ 29.99
ENGLAND in 1920 is beginning to recover from the devastation of the Great War. Not that privation has touched Lorelei ( Lulu) very much.
Being born illegitimate in northern Tasmania to a woman with sadistic tendencies was an unpropitious start, but fortunately she was rescued by a wealthy relative and taken back to a life of privilege in London.
Coincidental to a highly successful exhibition of her bronze castings and a fiancé to keep her engaged for a long time, Lulu receives mysterious word of a colt called Ocean Child that she has purportedly bought in Tasmania.
Curious, Lulu and her Mayfair friend Dolly depart for the other side of the world.
At the horse farm somewhere south of Deloraine, romance enters in the form of Joe, the horse trainer and returned soldier with a disfigured face. There is a well- sustained pace to the novel’s ensuing narrative and there is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end before a happy ending.