Not since The Thorn Birds has Colleen McCullough written a novel
of such broad appeal about a family and the Australian experience.
When Alexander Kinross—remembered in his native Scotland only as a
shiftless boilermaker’s apprentice and a godless rebel—summons his bride
Elizabeth Drummond to Australia, his Scottish relatives realize that he has
made a fortune in the goldfields and is now a man to be reckoned with.
The intimacies of marriage do not prompt Alexander to enlighten his new
bride about his past life—or even his present one. Elizabeth has no idea that
he still has a mistress: the sensuous, tough, outspoken Ruby Costevan, whom
Alexander has made partner in his company, rapidly expanding its interests far
Captured by their very different natures, Alexander resolves to have
both Elizabeth and Ruby. Although Ruby loves Alexander desperately, Elizabeth
does not. Elizabeth bears him two daughters: the brilliant Nell, so much like
her father; and the beautiful, haunting Anna. Thwarted in his desire for a son,
Alexander turns to Ruby’s son as a possible heir to his empire.
The Touch is at once a love
story and a family saga, replete with the desperate need of men and women,
rootless in a strange land, to create new roots. Download and start listening now!