(From the publisher):
In a crowded playhouse in 1856 Sydney, Australia, two spectacular lives are about to start. During her scandalous turn as Hamlet, a heavily pregnant (and unmarried) actress unexpectedly goes into labor onstage, shocking the audience. Indeed, one patrician spectator—who is also with child—is so moved that she too goes into labor. The babies born that night are Miles and Isabel, two dreamers destined to defy convention—and gravity.
The Adventures of Miles and Isabel is a delightful novel of true love in rough-and-tumble, turn-of-the-century Sydney. A best-seller in Australia, it follows the separate but strangely converging lives of these two young daredevils. Miles becomes the subject of a sideshow levitation act while Isabel gamely foils her mother’s attempts to marry her off to a rich boor. Fearless as she is, Isabel is briefly famous as a hot-air balloonist. Miles develops his own fascination with flight and, when he finally meets the captivating Isabel, is preparing to risk his life by testing his first flying machine. United by the dream of flight—and true love—the couple attempts to rise above the obstacles of class and physics that stand in their way.
Original title: The Adventures of Miles and Isabel
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ The Antipodes (everything Else)