Wild Lands by Nicole Alexander

Wild Lands

From bestselling author Nicole Alexander comes an epic novel of bravery, loyalty and impossible love that takes the reader on a spellbinding journey from the streets of early Sydney to the heart of Australia's wild, untamed lands.New South Wales, 1838, and settlers in search of fertile country are venturing far outside the colony. Literally cutting a swathe through the bush with their bare hands, they lay claim to territory beyond government juri...

Details Wild Lands

TitleWild Lands
Release DateSep 1st, 2015
PublisherRandom House Australia
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Cultural, Australia

Reviews Wild Lands

  • Brenda
    Kate Carter’s life had changed since her father had died – ten years old and her only happiness was climbing the tallest tree and talking to his spirit. Her mother was working for the Reverend while Kate was relegated to the servants, doing chores from dawn to dusk. The new colony of New South Wales was a place of danger and hunger – Kate missed her father desperately. Ten years later on the death of her mother, Kate no longer wanted to sta...
  • Veronica ⭐️
    3.5 starsWild Lands tells not only the story of the white settlers and their hardships but also of the trials and adjustments the aboriginals had forced upon them by this new settlement.I liked that Nicole Alexander didn’t take sides in the settlers verse aboriginals debate. The story is told with truth, there were good and bad on both sides. We get to see how hard it was for the aboriginals with their land taken from them but also the hardship...
  • G.G.
    This is the second of Nicole Alexander’s novels I’ve read. The first, The Bark Cutters, was marketed as a “rural romance,” which means that it’s set in the Australian outback and the main characters work on the land in one way or another. The romantic element of The Bark Cutters was entirely predictable; what I liked about the novel was its focus on the customary taboo against women inheriting and running a family farm, or “property...
  • Tien
    There are a tonne of historical romance of the American pioneering days but there seems to be a void when it comes to the Australian first settlement days. I’ve always thought there would be a very distinct difference noting Australian harsh climate and being set up as penal colonies. Wild Lands, however, does not quite fit into the romance genre –so I found out as I read! There is a bit of romance in there but in reality, this book explores ...
  • Amanda Jane
    Review to come
  • Helen
    "This land belonged to others while in contrast the settlers tried to impose their will on a mysterious place and its people. No good could come of such behaviour."Let me state it from the outset, I loved 'Wild Lands'. This was my first Nicole Alexander book and I was most impressed. The descriptions are rich and vivid; the characters true and deep; the story strong and heartbreaking. In essence this is a tale of early life in the 1800s in Austra...
  • Julie Garner
    This was my first Nicole Alexander book and I loved it! The two journeys that she takes us on explore the early 1800's from two different perspectives. The way the characters grow and learn as separate entities and then come together as a unified force is well done. I enjoyed the history lesson and was on edge waiting to see what would happen next. If you want to know more about Wild Australia and the black v white debate that is to this day, sti...
  • Sharon Jarvis
    Loved this novel! I highly recommend this novel as a most enjoyable read. The story flowed and the characters were interesting as were the interactions between the various characters and the storyline which held my attention right through the novel. Nicole Alexander paints a complex picture of life in Nineteenth Century colonial New South Wales. The convicts and white settlers, both men and women, face incredible hardships, especially as they mov...
  • Kathy
    Well I have no idea how Nicole does it, but she just keeps getting better and better! Last year, The Great Plains was one of my favs for the year – this year, Nicole has done it again and rocketed another of her books into my top 10 for the year. With interesting characters and a unique storyline set in Australia’s early historical time period, I was intrigued and totally drawn in to this fabulous read. We got to witness first hand both sides...
  • Meg
    It has been a few years since I've read a book based on the conflicts between white settlers and the Aborigines. Not only that, a little while since I read Australian fiction where the harsh landscape bleeds right through the pages.I thought this was a really well thought out novel. It was easy to explore the good and bad in both sides and although we are with them for a short time, the characters seem to stick with you a while after you finish r...
  • Catyj
    I actually gave this to my mother to read as I know she thoroughly enjoys Nicole's books - I first gave Mum a signed copy of Sunset Ridge when she was diagnosed with her 2nd bout of cancer and since then she has read all Nicole's books (and enjoyed them all). Perhaps highest on Mum's criteria for a 'good' book is the attention to detail and historical accuracy. Mum reckons that this one is Nicole's best yet and was tremendously impressed with the...
  • Greg Barron
    Wild Lands is groundbreaking in many ways, and a heartfelt song to the Australian bush. Kate is a worthy main character, and the supporting cast no doubt existed in one way or another in that world.Writing from the point of view of Indigenous characters is brave and difficult, but the author carries it off brilliantly, and this would have been a lesser book without the voices of Bidjia and Jardi.I read this in snatches over a very busy month, and...
  • Susan Dawson
    Brilliant!!!!! Definitely recommend!
  • Louise Wilson
    When I met Nicole Alexander at the recent Historic Novel Society of Australasia Conference in Melbourne I happened to be looking for novels based on Australian history circa 1840. My own family includes a man who settled on a tributary of the Darling River in north western NSW in the 1840s and his wife gave birth to a son under the shelter of a dray in 1850. It's hard to imagine the actual 'life' behind those banal facts. Hearing my comments, Nic...
  • ☼♄Jülie 
    After a series of sudden life changing events, seventeen year old Kate Carter finds herself in a position where she is being forced to make some hard choices, none of which appeal to her growing sense of righteousness.She is adamant that she will follow her own path, even as some would advise and conspire against it, selfishly wanting to thwart her plans for independence. When Kate refuses a continued position offered to her by the Reverend who h...
  • Talking Books
    Nicole Alexander created characters and scenes that had this reader, at times, wanting to jump through the pages and save the good guys. A story that was full of deceptions and betrayals and questionable characters with few likeable ones. There were a lot of characters entwined in this story.But I'm torn over this book. There were many chapters that I liked reading and many that felt bogged down in so much detail. I likened those chapters to star...
  • Jeannette
    Once again this author has not disappointed. I know this book is classified as fiction, but just reading the Author’s Note that Nicole includes will show you it is so much more. As always, it is the historical reality that makes reading a Nicole Alexander story such a pleasure.The clear and sometimes shocking differences that existed between the lives and cultures of the colonials compared to the Aboriginal people in the early 1800’s is so we...
  • Amelia
    I've read a handful of books set in New Zealand in the same era, but none of them made me nearly as sad as this did about the colonisation process.Having not studied any Australian history, I had a vague idea of things being negative in that regard, but just how bad, and how strong the colonial attitudes had escaped me. I think this book (while fiction) shines a light on what are probably quite accurate stereotypes of the English settlers.Kate is...
  • Robyn Gibson
    Kate is the daughter of a pardoned convict and her mother works for a 'Reverend'. When circumstances change Kate takes the opportunity of a position on a farm over the mountains beyond the jurisdiction of the government. The trip is through wild land and she is expecting a house similar to the one she left. Adam's father takes his little family on the run from the authorities and never returns to the bark hut by the river where they're camped. An...
  • Annie Preston
    Loved this book, I love historical fiction, particularly Australian, and I'm so glad I saw this at Kmart. The main character Kate's views, at least at first, on Aborigines were not completely for them, which even though is not relatable (at least for me) I thought it more captures the education of that time.I also thought it was interesting *minor spoiler* about Adam/Bronzewing being a white raised by Aboriginals, I have read a book or two of it ...
  • Jean Nicholson
    I didn't like this one as much s Bark Cutters although it gives very good descriptions of the bush. it did bring home to me the conditions of some women in the early 1830s a period I had researched doing family history. No wonder peole stuck close to teh coastline for so long. The prejudice of the times lingers on in many parts of Australia.
  • Alicia
    I really loved this book. My husband is Australian, so it was great to have a view of how it was like during the times of the 1800s. I was hoping that the relationship between Kate and Adam happened a bit sooner in the book instead of near the end, but I thoroughly loved the book and would highly recommend this book to someone wanting a historic read.
  • Liah Hayden
    If you like Nicole Alexander, you'll like this one too.
  • Melanie
    Even considering the very flowery prose...this is a great story. A view from both sides of the story, neither right nor wrong. Just trying to co-exist.
  • Denise
  • A Reader's Heaven
    (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)New South Wales, 1838, and settlers in search of fertile country are venturing far outside the colony. Literally cutting a swathe through the bush with their bare hands, they lay claim to territory beyond government jurisdiction - and the reach of the law. As she accepts a position on one such farm, seventeen-year-old Kate Carter is unaware she is entering a la...
  • Christine
    This was an entertaining read, nothing too challenging but interesting all the same. Lovers of Australian outback stories with some drama and romance included will find this story appealing I would think.
  • Jill
    The confrontation between the white settlers and the original inhabitants of Australia is the constant background to Nicole Alexander's 'Wild Lands'. She elaborates and pontificates on this theme for the entire book. Sentences such as 'He has no respect for our way of life and we do not understand his. We live from and with the land, they seek to own it, control it.' are echoed throughout. While this sad part of Australia's history is well-resear...
  • Jacinta Jolly
    I found the book initially interesting and a good read but became long and drawn out. I was glad to get to the end. But in saying that, the hardships faced by the families depicted in the story was incredible and the fight between the whites and the blacks over ownership of land was hard to read. Both were at fault.
  • Paula Clark
    Loved it!! Strong characters and great depiction of the early settlement of Australia - the displacement and treatment of the Aboriginals along with the struggles of the first settlers.Nicole Alexander remains a favourite with her style of story-telling intermingled with historical events.