One of my all time favorite novels follows the family saga of an irish family living on a sheepstation in Australia. The story takes us from the 1930's to the 1950's. It basically features Meggie and her relationship with Father Ralph De Bricasart as a young child through to her adult years where she falls in love with him. There is alot to be said about forbidden love of a young woman and a Catholic Priest with ambitions to a spot at the VATICAN. He is devout in his mission but as a man he has the same desires as onyone and is visibly torn.
I loved this story as a true romance fraught with the usual angst and relationships within the Cleary Family. The writer paints a great picture of the hardships of the station, and the story throughout the depression and the war years.
I laughed, I cried, watched the miniseries and fell in love with Ralph and Meggies story.