BARONS REACH: Book 3 The Dreaming Series

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1980s & '90s,2000s

Jan Reid

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A story of an Australian woman coming to terms with past injustices, by facing the ghosts of long ago.


Drama,Family,Historical Fiction,Young Adult,Romance

Short Summary

Libby and Jimba, a part-indigenous boy, have a very strong childhood relationship. Libby often visits Barons Reach, with her grandmother, which is owned by her Aunt Grace. However, one summer something happened which kept Libby from coming again and away from Jimba – until she is compelled to do so.

Libby meets a now grown-up Jim, & their bond still exists, although it is now different. Libby overcomes several challenges as her love for Jim deepens, including a rival, Hanna. Libby's grandmother (Mary) dies, Aunt Grace bequeaths the property to Libby and Jim, and Libby is pregnant with twins.


The Central West, NSW, Australia.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Elizabeth (Libby) Rutherford

Age: 10 - Beginning. 21 - Ending.

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Modest,Romantic,Engaging,Honorable,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Jimba-Jim Ferguson

Age: 10 - Beginning. 21 - Ending.

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Confident,Romantic,Honorable,Masculine,Faithful

Additional Character Details

Name: Roger

Age: 14

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Criminal,Narcisstic

Additional Character Details

Name: Hanna

Age: 21

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Seductive,Manipulative,Unapologetic

Development Pitch

Barons Reach: Book 3 The Dreaming Series, focusses on Libby, the daughter of Rachel, and granddaughter of Mary (books 1 & 2), who experiences a tragic event as a child on the property (Barons Reach) that her Aunt Grace (books 1 & 2) was bequeathed. Her childhood friend, Jimba-Jim, becomes the love of her life when she returns as an adult to assist her family with historical tours, but she must overcome several challenges in the process, including her grandmother’s death. Against the backdrop of the land which once belonged to the largest indigenous nation of New South Wales, and stories of their culture, carefully researched and authenticated by a Wiradjuri elder, this story, inclusive or not of book 1 (Deep Water Tears), & 2 (Grace), compiling The Dreaming Series, would make a compelling movie or television mini-series, for those interested in the history, indigenous culture and racism of Australia.

About The Author

Jan Reid is an Australian storyteller, focussing on stories of ordinary rural Australians, in extraordinary circumstances, from the country’s recent history. A sixth-generation Australian, Jan’s first novel, Deep Water Tears, which morphed into The Dreaming Series books (Deep Water Tears, Grace and Barons Reach) was inspired by Bryce Courtenay’s, ‘Jessica’. Jan resides in rural New South Wales, where she writes novels and screenplays about Australian people and the events which shaped their lives and their country.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning,Male Leaning

Group Specific

Australians, and those interested in Australian history / indigenous culture / racism.

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self Published

Year Published: 2016

Hard Copy Available



ISBN-13: 978-0994452900