1945 "This is a special edition published exclusively for the members of the Peoples Book Club..." stated on copyright page; Peoples Books Club publishers, Chicago; hardbound; very good condition of pages; previous owner's name opposite title page; dust jacket fair-good with several tears.
Just off the continent of Australia lies the island of Tasmania. It was to this pleasant land in the year 1840 that Jan Halifax brought his lovely young bride, Harriat Bracken. Theirs had been a quick and stormy courtship. Overriding the restrictions of the conventional clergyman and the family into which the beautiful Harriat had been born, Jan wooed her and carried her away to face with him the adventures of Van Dieman's Land, as Tasmania was then called.
She was equipped with no knowledge of what lay before her, but she loved her husband. That was enough. Wild Orchard is the story of how they strive to wrench a home out of the stubborn, discouraging "bush", and establish the name Halifax gloriously and solidly--in Island history.