This was a great story to read, the early colonisation of Australia is a favourite historical setting for me. I enjoyed the descriptions of the Australian landscape. The hardships and success/failure of these early pioneers as they head inland to farm is portrayed well. I found myself quietly cheering for Thomas. I kept reading hoping that the law would catch up with Septimus. To me this was a great sign that the book was well written, with great characters that involved the reader. This is the first book in a series and I look forward to what happens with the next generation of the families introduced to us in Heart of the country.