|Title:||Back to Billabong (Billabong #7)|
|Publisher:||Ward, Lock & Co., Limited|
|Tags:||adventure, Australia, fiction, juvenile|
Trapped in London for two years as governess and servant under her nasty stepmother, petite and gentle 19-year-old Cecilia (Tommy) Rainham longs for the day the War will finish and her brother Bob will be home from the Royal Air Force to rescue her. Fortune smiles on them and a much-loved aunt’s inheritance allows them to set sail for Australia, narrowly escaping the clutches of the stepmother. Coincidentally, on the same troopship, the Linton family are making their return after five years away.
Strong bonds of friendship form, and Billabong becomes their haven whilst they learn the ropes of station management and plan their future home. All seems rosy until the skies blacken and a bushfire all but destroys their new life. Undaunted, they pick up the pieces, and with Billabong behind them and help from willing hands, begin all over again.—marygrantbruce.com.au. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Bruce, Mary Grant
Mary Grant Bruce (May 24, 1878—July 2, 1958) also known as Minnie Bruce, was an Australian children's author and journalist.
Although she wrote many books, her most famous were the Billabong series, begun when she was writing weekly stories for the children's pages of the Leader, where A Little Bush Maid first appeared in serial form. The story proved so successful that the Linton family was launched.
Although much of her work was written in England, Mary Grant Bruce's patriotism is more Australian than British. The Lintons' world, threatened from outside, withstood challenge, unchanged and untarnished. Australians, and not only children, looking at Billabong, could see themselves as they wanted to be—mates in fortune and adversity, sturdy, decent and fearless inheritors of a tough, but rewarding land.
—Australian Dictionary of Biography.
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