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Golden Urchin

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  948 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
In the scorching Australian Desert, A wild beautiful woman recues a man from death... He was a handsome English aristocrat, sprawled in the dunes, dying of thirst. She was a white skinned savage, fleeing the aborigine tribe that found her and raised her but still shunned the fiery haired outcast.

Suddenly Meg is aboout to escape her primitive life as Luke introduces her to
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Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 12th 1987 by Fawcett (first published 1986)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
In the course of my ongoing search for good old-fashioned romantic suspense novels in the vein of Mary Stewart, I've been down the path of gothic mysteries with Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt (which didn't work out particularly well for me), and tried some of the more modern ones by Susanna Kearsley (a bit hit and miss, but there are definitely some good ones there). A while back one of my Goodreads friends recommended that I give Madeleine Brent's books a shot. They're quite good, and this o ...more
Misfit
Dec 15, 2016 Misfit rated it it was amazing
What a wild ride, with just about anything but the kitchen sink tossed in.
Lyuda
Dec 25, 2016 Lyuda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mix together adventure, mystery, exotic locations and lightly sprinkle some romance and you have this fun and captivating story written from the POV of a very unusual heroine.

Mitji/Meg was just two years old when she was kidnapped from her wealthy Irish family, abandoned in the wilds of the Australian outback, and taken in by the aboriginal tribe where she spent the next decade as not quite a member. She's considered a freak and not a true person and grows up with much self-loathing. When her o
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MomToKippy
Mitji (Meg) is one of my favorite characters ever! And she is an inspiring character for any woman or young lady. She is bright, clever, disarming and amazingly talented in ways that are so very unexpected. For the time period she is quite feisty which is always a good thing. She overcomes amazing ordeals throughout the story. I suppose this could be called a coming of age story as she spans ages 14-18 or so as the story progresses. I really enjoy stories such as this and will absolutely read mo ...more
Tweety
Nov 08, 2013 Tweety rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Tarzan, Victoria Holt, or Gothic/Adventure.
Recommended to Tweety by: Dorcas
There are so many shelves I want to put this book under! Adventure is at the top of that list and I think it can even go under thriller just for those last few chapters…

Mitji has never known anything or anyone but the Aboriginal tribe that brought her up. They say she came from the Totem Gods, after all, she looks nothing like them! Mitji is a freak of nature what with her fiery red hair and sparkling green eyes. And then there is her nose. No aborigine has a narrow nose, so she can not be fully
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Sherwood Smith
Somebody recommended these books recently when I wrote a blog post about romantic adventure. This book is so much fun!

I haven't had so much sheer reading fun for ages. At the start, Meg is a reject from the aboriginal tribe she was adopted by. Because she's white, she's a non-person, and no one will willingly touch her. So she runs away, stumbles across the aftermath of a gunfight.

One of the combatants is alive, so she saves him . . . he turns out to be a rancher. He takes her home to his lovel
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Dorcas
I loved this book! A girl is kidnapped and found by a tribe of aboriginies. She grows up with the tribe and thinks she's a freak of nature left by the "totem gods ". After many years she leaves the village, saves the life of a man dying in a desert, finds a new home and learns to live as a white woman.
But who is she?
Someone knows and an attempt is made on her life. The question is why?
Her travels take her from Australia to Switzerland to England and finally to Africa where the adventure climax
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Jeanette
Sep 19, 2016 Jeanette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an old fashioned adventure that chases across 3 or 4 different continents in just as many years. But the beginnings are in Australia and that first half is incredible for detail, the tribal, in every aspect of "Meg/Mitji" and her experiences with all the friends, enemies, associates that she meets.

This is clear and flowing prose and not difficult in the reading to context and languages. Because Madeleine Brent is exceptional in translating to nuance and mood, particularly within the phr
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Bree (AnotherLookBook)
Mar 28, 2014 Bree (AnotherLookBook) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of books about Australia, native tribes, & strong women
A historical novel about a young woman who grows up among aborigines as a white-skinned “freak,” until she stumbles across a dying white man and discovers the world of her own people. 1986.

Full review (and other recommendations!) at Another look book

Totally amazing book. This book represents the very best of historical fiction. My favorite parts are the early parts, when the main character is trying to understand all the new things she's encountering in the new world of the white man. I also env
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Diane Lynn
Review to come
LauraW
Sep 21, 2014 LauraW rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel a little self-conscious about liking this book, because I think there are a number of problems with it, but I actually did enjoy it. I don't know enough about the ways of aboriginal Australians to judge whether that part was accurate, but if it is, I must admit that that part was very interesting to me.

The mystery of her past and the intrigue over her heritage was interesting enough for me to continue with the book, even though it reads a lot like a bodice-ripping romance and was a bit p
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Malea
Feb 07, 2011 Malea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the main character, Meg, Mitji, Red. I thought it was a very intriguing twist to have her grow up as an aborigine. She was fantastic. I liked how the 'bad guys' kept changing and revealing their true colors. That was quite a change of pace! I did not, however, enjoy the romance at all. This novel did not thrill me or particularly draw me in. I would say that overall, it was an okay book.
Anna
Feb 14, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: mb
This is a great adventure story that mostly takes place in the Australian Outback at the turn of the century.

This is a wonderful story about outcasts, secret identities, and relationships.

Quick read!
Linda Orvis
Mar 10, 2008 Linda Orvis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adventure lovers
Recommended to Linda by: Vanessa H.
Shelves: historicals
I try to balance my reading with fiction, non-fiction, and fluff. Fluff being fun, escapist books that are fast to read and...well, you know. Madeleine Brent fills the bill. She is really a he named Peter O'Donnell, a British writer famous for his Modesty Blaise books. He wanted to break into the American market, so he decided that romance novels were the way to go. His/her romances are more adventure novels and don't have explicit sex in them. Golden Urchin is one of my favorites. A little girl ...more
Anneceleste
Another great book from M Brent. The plot is about the same and now that I have read four of his books it is possible to predict the progress. This one is taking place in Australia, England and Africa.
I like them in this order:
-Merlin's keep (my favorite)(Himalyan mountains, India, England)supernatural element.
-Moonraker's bride (China, England)
-Tregaron's daughter (Cornwall, Kent, Italy)
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Mandy
May 06, 2008 Mandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was read from a recommendation from forever ago, so I had no expectations. I really, really enjoyed it. It was a fairly quick read (I read it in about 4-5 hours) and just fun to read-especially after reading Mutant Message Down Under. I liked the character development, the morality in it, etc. Just a great book!
Kayli
Pretty good, I enjoyed it except I couldn't get over the idea of her being a redhead and living mostly naked as an aboriginee and somehow getting 'acclimated' to the sun and not burning up. I am a redhead, and I just couldn't suspend disbelief on this issue. :)
Cath
Jan 04, 2017 Cath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like a 4 1/2. I have been looking forward to reading this book since I read Tregaron's Daughter by the same author. I flew through it. It's an easy read with an inspiring, interesting heroine and an eclectic cast of characters. Some of the overall plot, I've read before-ahem Tregaron's Daughter-but I still truly enjoyed the read. There are twists and turns and I like the slight touch of romance that keeps the reader looking forward to the moment when all will work out. I was happy to read a ...more
Tahsina Syeda
Like with all Madeleine Brent books, I liked the first part the best.
Yue
Mitji is an aborigine girl who is considered a freak in her tribe, for she has fair skin, red hair, green eyes, and freckles. When she is around 15-years-old, she encounters a near-dead man in the desert, and saves his life. Although they speak different languages, they understand each other, and when Mitji gets herself sick, the man is the one who saves her, taking her to the civilized world.

And there is where Mitji's adventure begins. First, with the help of the man she saved, Luke, and his ki
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Cheryl
Dec 25, 2016 Cheryl marked it as xx-dnf-skim-reference  ·  review of another edition
The first part was interesting. Not sure how accurate, but seemed researched. 'Course, even though the aborigines are described as somewhat like 'noble savages' and the girl was raised with them, she has absolutely no pangs about leaving them. Yes, they were incompletely tolerant of and kind to her, but human nature isn't logical. She apparently has absolutely no trouble adapting to the confining garments and etiquette of the white world, either, and that's when I began to be exasperated. When w ...more
*Andrejcick*
Dec 23, 2016 *Andrejcick* rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For someone who's tired of reading romance books where the guy and gal immediately fall into bed together, this was a great find, and I will be looking for more by this author.
Rosario Romero
Aug 03, 2015 Rosario Romero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es la primera vez que intento hacer un review y solo quiero ver qué soy capaz de exprimir del este libro.
Empezando por la portada que tiene, en la parte inferior dice: " novela romántica". Es embarazoso que no me haya dado cuenta de eso cuando lo compré y que a pesar de eso, no resulto ser del todo una novela romántica aunque si se desarrolla un romance pero es un romance es muy opaco comparado con el resto de la historia, que fue llena de aventura producida por mentiras. Y sí, lo que mueve este
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Paula
Sep 21, 2012 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I'll have to admit that this book is not my usual genre. I usually read paranormal, sci/fi. Futuristic (Hot romance stuff). While flipping through suggestions I saw this and it sounded intriguing. I really couldn't stop reading, except when I HAD to sleep. Loved it. Now I'm giving it to my daughter to read. I laughed, I cried, I got quite frustrated at some of the characters at times. And the mysteries...don't get me started, I recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone who likes to read, eve
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Alyson
Feb 08, 2013 Alyson rated it liked it
Recommended to Alyson by: Heidi
Shelves: book-club, fiction, 2013
I went through this in record time, so there was a lot about it that I liked. However, it was also overwrought—filled with situations and events that would never actually happen, let alone all of them to a single individual. I know for some people this makes great reading; for me it is exhausting in its unbelievability.

The writing was good, the pace was good, the characters (especially the protagonist Meg) were all very likeable and well-drawn. And even the unbelievable parts were, at minimum, s
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Donna
This is a historical romance about Meg, a British girl who was raised in the outback by the tribe of Australian Aborigines. After a chance meeting, a rancher and his wife take her in and educate her. An attempt on her life leads to questions about her past, and Meg learns that her outback instincts can be just as valuable in civilization as they were in the desert where she grew up.

It's a predictable but entertaining story with a lot of adventure and travel. There were some aspects of the romanc
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Stephen Smarr
Jul 25, 2010 Stephen Smarr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Predictable, yes, as all Brent books are, but I love MB and this book. I think this one is one of my favorites of hers/his. All of the books Peter Odonnell wrote under this name have strong, moral heroines with something that sets them apart from everyone else and helps them bring something to the table no one else could ever do. Love this book in particular because of Meg, the heroine. She's down to earth for someone raised by aborigines till she was 15 then thrown into a world of murder, greed ...more
Leaflitterlady
This is the first of the Madeleine Brent books I ever read. Mitji is the white orphan child taken in by a tribe of Aborigines in the Austrailian outback, but after a falling out with one of her closest friends in the tribe, Mitji decides to leave the tribe in search of her own kind, the white people. She becomes Meg, the young English lady who wins the heart of a kindly couple in Perth and finds out that she in the heiress to a grand fortune. There's no sense in spilling a drop of the complex, r ...more
Jessica
Feb 16, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club-books
I really enjoyed this book. Sure, there is no way that everything in there could happen to one person, but that didn't bother me. It was a fast paced read, just bringing in things to keep you going. There is enough adventure, and yes some romance, to just enjoy. It starts out in Australia and moves into England, following the life of a teenage girl discovering who she is. The only bad thing, is from my understanding, the book is out of print so it could be hard to find, unless your library has g ...more
Katie Hutchison Irion
My good friend Julie Larsen clued me in to this author and I think I have now read all of hers. (Actually, Madeleine Brent is a pen name for Peter O'Donnel. I guess he was not so keen on writing some Gothic romance novel, which is how he started.) Anyway, this is my favorite of his/her books. I wouldn't mind owning a copy but they are all out of print. Just a well written story about a girl, a guy, the possibility of love in the Australian outback, and some bad guys. What could be better than th ...more
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Madeleine Brent is a pseudonym used by Peter O'Donnell.

Peter O'Donnell was born on 11 April 1920 in Lewisham, London, England, UK. He was interested in writing as a child, and began writing professionally at the age of 16. During World War II he served in the Royal Signals Corps, and was stationed in Persia, Syria, Egypt, the Western Desert, Italy, and Greece. After the war, he worked as a comic s
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