While fascinated with the bush and the country lifestyle Alice does struggle to cope at times. She realises it is she who will have to sacrifice the most as Rick's life is firmly enmeshed with the property and the country. Along the way through their courtship, engagement and marriage she questions her decision many times but ultimately decides it is worth the hardship.
I liked the fact this was a "warts and all" account of a city girl adopting the country life - she is honest about her experiences and does not gloss over the difficulties the couple have faced along the way both within their own relationship and the effects of a terrible, lasting drought that almost cost them everything.
Ultimately this is an inspiring story that illustrates the reality of country life but brings a realisation of why people stick it out in the harshest of conditions - for the genuine love of the land and all it brings us.