Fifteen year old Kit Lovell leaves her revolting relatives in England and travels with her mother to Australia. Mrs Lovell has agreed to marry a man she has never met – a Scottish lighthouse keeper who lives off the coast of South Australia. The Lovell’s travel on the Scout, a small, sturdy ship, along with an cross-section of English society, using money that Mr McKenzie has sent from Australia. It is within this claustrophobic and confined situation that Kit begins to understand more about her history, and about who she really is inside.
My biggest problem with this book is its length. It takes too long to get to the adventurous and life-changing situation, and needs an edit through the middle section. The language of the characters is not always authentic to the time the story is set in, and Kit’s age seems to vacillate between 12 and 21.
Despite this, the resolution to the story is satisfying, and in general, the book is well-written. It would certainly suit a reader that enjoyed historical romance.