This is the story of Alice Hart. She was a beautiful woman who survived a violent father, an unbelievably gentle mother, and a manipulative grandmother. The author, Holly Ringland, clearly loves the Australian landscape, whether it is the desert or a country community.
There is a vicious lover, domestic violence, and a long-lost brother. The Flowers are the women who look after the commercial garden, and send flowers everywhere. There is an element of Alice being responsible for the terrible things that happen to her, but this is finally resolved. A good read.