Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart by Jennifer Moore

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Australia, 1814

As a young child bound for a strange country, Sarah Whitaker dreamed of life with her father on his sprawling Australian ranch. But her hopes were shattered when she learned of his death and of her new role as heiress of the largest sheep farm in New Wales. Orphaned in a land greatly populated by petty criminals exiled from England, the future seemed grim. But now, ten years later, Sarah has defied the odds and become a successful businesswoman—much to the chagrin of her male counterparts. Hardened by the dishonesty of both her fellow ranchers and the felons in her employ, Sarah has learned one important truth: no one is to be trusted.

Daniel Burton is a lucky man. Sentenced to death for his role in a horse-race scandal, Daniel was granted reprieve thanks to the influence of his wealthy relatives. Now, rather than death, Daniel faces exile in Australia—an opportunity to put past mistakes behind him. But when he purchases land with the intention of farming it, he unwittingly arouses the wrath of his new neighbor, Sarah. What begins as a battle of wits, however, soon becomes a warm friendship—and perhaps something more. But when Daniel’s secret past is revealed, will Sarah be able forgive yet another deception?

In Emilee’s opinion:

Jennifer Moore knows how to write excellent regency romance novels. Moore’s book, Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart was different than any other regency romance novel I’ve read. The story was based in New Wales on a sheep farm. There were criminals working together and you didn’t know who to trust. I loved the characters, Sarah Whitaker and Daniel Burton. Sarah was a strong woman, one I loved to read about because she had some deep feelings that she needed to work through in order to get past her trust issues. In the beginning, she found out her father had passed away and was too late to say goodbye. Sarah decided to stay in New Wales and take care of her father’s sheep farm which helped her stay connected. Daniel wanted to figure her out. He thought she was a puzzle and wanted to learn more about her. I loved how their relationship grew over time and Sarah was able to open up her heart. Will Miss Whitaker find out the truth about him? Will she be able to overcome her biggest obstacle to trust? I definitively recommend this novel.

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