By Darry Fraser
Joseph is still a country boy at heart, though one
with multi millions of dollars now under his belt. Returning to Australis Island trying to find the solace in home, he only sees sadness and strife and he questions the wisdom of his decision. He has compassion and empathy for those closest to him and when he needs something from the woman he has set his sights
on, he is determined to succeed. He doesn’t need the money he’s won – it can’t do much more for him than he’d already done anyway – and she has made it clear
it’s the last thing she wants from him.
He’s generous, he’s strong physically and emotionally, comfortable in himself and in his relationships with others. He has maintained the ‘boy from the bush’ persona which surfaces in the pub, or with his brother, or rescuing damsels in distress. His is a presence which quietly commands attention, and his vulnerability is as attractive as is his handsome
face, his big body and the dark-eyed captivating gaze.
He knows when to retreat, and when to advance and pursue at a later time. He protects those who are loved by him and even those who don’t know they are loved by him. But don’t mess with him.
(Of course he is complete fantasy on his creator’s part, but she is totally in love with him, too)
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Joseph McInerney returns to his place of birth. He's a self made business man who just happened to win a large amount of money to add to his woes.
There doesn't seem to be an awful lot more to do - he's a little aimless. His sibling's family are all he has left and they're not exactly ... altogether. Money can't seem to help that situation and so he feels
there's nothing to strive for until he sees Cloudy Bannon in the local grocery store, someone from his distant past.
She has built her life here, made it work for her. Unfortunately Cloudy has her own demons to tackle and having anything to do with Joseph would only complicate things even more for her. It just isn't going to work.
Throw in a lively, determined cousin of Cloudy's, spectacular countryside, the need to grow and rise above the difficulties and the discomforts, unexplained deaths and lots of wine and ... well, welcome to Australis Island and Money For Blood.
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