By The Currawong's Call
Welton B. Marsland
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A small town, a new arrival, and a love that is as undeniable as it is unlawful...
Victoria, Australia, 1891
Anglican priest Matthew Ottenshaw receives his first posting in tiny Dinbratten, two days’ ride from his Melbourne home. Determined to honour his calling as best he can, he throws himself into the footy mad, two-pub town, navigating the dusty streets, learning the gossip, and striking up a friendship with Jonah Parks, the resident police sergeant and local bona fide hero.
A police officer and a priest often find themselves needed at the same place, and Jonah and Matthew’s friendship deepens quickly, as they set about their business of protecting the bodies and souls of Dinbratten’s residents. When a bushfire threatens the town, and Matthew’s inexperience with fire endangers the church buildings, Jonah comes to the rescue, and a reckless kiss in the midst of the chaos takes their friendship to forbidden.
Neither Matthew nor Jonah can go back to the way things were before, but continuing their relationship puts everything at risk: their jobs, their friends, even their lives. In the outback town of Dinbratten where everyone knows everything about everyone else, how can they ever expect to keep a secret this explosive?
Praise for BY THE CURRAWONG'S CALL
“Told with an old-fashioned, authentically Australian wink and a smile…By the Currawong’s Call is also a tale with a very timely message: people in love will marry whether it’s legal or not.” - Australian author Kim Kelly 'What a lovely book! By the Currawong's Call is warm and sweet and sympathetic and respectful, with skilled and lovingly descriptive prose. A really satisfying read for a rainy day when you want to feel like there is love and hope even through trying times.' —Plain Brown, NetGalley
'a great love story in a historical setting ' —Sophie Wittlinger , NetGalley
'I loved this book. Amazingly moving, so very realistic.' —Jeannie Zelos, NetGalley
'This was beautifully written and full of love and hope.' —Ashley Broome, NetGalley
'The book is beautifully written and Matthew and Jonah's developing love has been depicted in a warm and very compelling way' —Louise Faldon, NetGalley
'The author gives rich descriptions of the environment and the time period.' —Melissa Reuter, NetGalley
'If you like Aussies and a forbidden love trope, this book is for you.' —Book Reviews, NetGalley
'I thought the story was really beautifully written. It is very evocative in the way that it transports the reader to life in the outback town.' —Ije Books, NetGalley
'I was rooting for these men to get their HEA. I read every beautiful word of this book and just soaked it all in.' —Suzanne Brennan, NetGalley
'I am a lover of historical romance and found this book to be a good addition to this genre.' —Donna Blank, NetGalley
'It was a good read, and very well written, I enjoyed it. You can`t go wrong with this book' —Angelique Swagerman,NetGalley
'With enough romance and suspense this story kept me wanting to read more.' —Claire Holderness, NetGalley
'Oh my goodness, what an ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC read By the Currawong's Call was. Such a beautifully written, powerful love story especially as it tackled some difficult topics and portrayed them in a deeply respectful manner.' —Jayne John, NetGalley
'Read this if you like Historical romances as it is one of those quiet novels that floor you. 5 stars and Marsland should be proud' — Katrin Davidson, NetGalley
'By the Currawong’s Call is a beautiful book about the love, compassion, hardship and most of all - a satisfying ending that doesn’t follow the typical endings of books, tv shows and movies about lgbtq couples' —Afsana Tabassum, NetGalley
'Welton B. Marsland has written such a beautiful historical romance… The atmosphere of this story is A+, in my opinion, and it was a nice little escape from reality.' — Lindsay M, NetGalley
'…whilst there is some tension and conflict, this is ultimately a romance between two men finding each other against all odds and I loved it.' — Ashleigh Billows, NetGalley
'This book is really something amazing and special... one of those books that comes along that will sweep you into its world. It is a wonderful read, and I am sure this will be in my top ten for the year.' — Danielle Murray, NetGalley
"The writing here is strong overall as the author evokes the feel of a small town and transports us to a time of forbidden love" — Michelle Mitchell, NetGalley
"I was left both satisfied by the ending and a little sad for it to be over. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for more from the same author." — M. L. Valard, NetGalley
"It was an outstanding, overwhelming good written story. A diamond between all the books I read. All the stories entwined through this journey were just so well done. This whole journey just took my breath away." — Truus Vermeer de Jong, NetGalley
"Beautifully written storyline that lured me right in from the very first page and the characters were so well developed that as I turned each page I was drawn in deeper and deeper as the story unfolded between the characters! This is the first book that I have read by this author and it definitely will not be the last!" — Pat Walley, NetGalley
"Overall, this was an enthralling read, giving a believable account of how life in Australia in that time period would be, with awesome main characters I couldn't help but root for. Highly recommendable" — Mari Cardenas, NetGalley
"All in all this was a satisfying read once it got going. I'll definitely keep an eye out for more by Welton B. Marsland." — Breony Rogers, NetGalley