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The penal colony in Western Australia is escape-proof---but that is about to change. Sentenced to seven years transportation, Mary Claire O'Dwyer is determined to free the Fenian rebels. She will find allies in unexpected places, where a Royal Marine's scarlet coat can be another deception. On the voyage to Western Australia, she is pressured by Simon Plowman to work for h...more
Kindle Edition, 392 pages
Published (first published April 4th 2011)
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Heather Nichol
I liked this book...for the most part. I have a few negative and a few positive things that I can say about it, and I will try my best to do so without spoilers.

Negative:
1 - HUGE gaps of time are missing from the storyline. I was baffled when, in one chapter Eireann is 18 (or close to 18, if memory serves me correctly) and the next chapter she's in her 40s. I would like to know more about her and how she was molded into the woman that she became.
2 - The second half of the book read more like a t...more
Rick F.
"The penal colony in Western Australia is escape-proof---but that is about to change. Sentenced to seven years transportation, Mary Claire O'Dwyer is determined to free the Fenian rebels. She will find allies in unexpected places, where a Royal Marine's scarlet coat can be another deception"

What a maginficent sweeping epic- this is so much more than Historical Fiction, Katie Hanrahan has used her immense writting skills to creat an EXPERIENCE! One the read becomes emotionally involved in- the ch...more
Laura LeMoine
Good book! Really puts you in the heart of a peoples' struggle for freedom! It also lets you understand the search of a little girl who just wants to know who her mother was!
Katie Hanrahan
May 18, 2011 Katie Hanrahan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Convict transportation, a prison break, a revolution...these events are linked in this novel, which follows one Irish family through a tumultuous time.
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