Thursday, July 18, 2013

Strong is Sexy Heroine of the Week: Matilda Sweet

Book: Matilda’s Freedom 
Author: Téa Cooper 
Heroine: Matilda Sweet 

Australia 1856 
Matilda Sweet is a “currency kid,” one of the new breed of Australians—born of convict and emancipist parents. She didn’t know the term suggested inferiority and a distinct identity, that her 'cornstalk' looks and distinct way of speaking marked her.

She’s grown up on the land, in the saddle handling every situation thrown at her. Working with her father on their meagre holding she did what needed to be done and she loved it. What she wasn’t prepared for was for her world to fall apart.

Left with nothing but the deeds to sixty acres of barren land, debts and the love token her father had given her mother she has nothing to lose when Christopher Matcham offers her a position as governess and companion to his two step sisters. It seems the perfect stopgap.

What she hadn’t bargained for was the family’s social bias. Despite Christopher’s mother’s best efforts Matilda refuses to be broken. He might have family responsibilities but Matilda is used to taking matters into her own hands. She knows what she wants and if she can’t have it so be it. She can look after herself.

Christopher has to make some hard decisions and embark on a steep learning curve for a “pure merino” before he can convince Matilda to allow love to win through. 

Christopher Matcham returns to Sydney, his halcyon bachelor days in Europe over. He must take responsibility for his mother, two stepsisters and the family property. Fortune smiles on him when he is introduced to Matilda Sweet.

Fate has played Matilda a cruel hand and all she has to show for her parents' rise from their convict beginnings is her pride and the deeds to the bankrupt family property. She must find some way of supporting herself or as a stopgap measure, a husband.

When Christopher offers Matilda the position of companion to his stepsisters it is the perfect answer to her dilemma and he is a most attractive man–the sort of man she could imagine marrying if he wasn’t part of the hide-bound colonial society of Sydney.

Téa CooperTéa writes contemporary and historical romantic fiction featuring strong-minded women and sexy Australian men. Love and life Down Under isn't always easy. Her heroines have to fight long and hard for what they believe before they reach their happy ever after. 

Matilda’s Freedom is Téa's second Australian historical romance. Her first Lily’s Leap is available from Lyrical Press. She is currently working on another nineteenth century historical romance set on the high seas somewhere between Tasmania and Sydney. To keep up with all of Téa's news visit her website where you will find links to her blog and social media pages.

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