Suzannah's Gold is an Australian historical fiction novel set in the mid 1800s. The story follows the life of a young girl transported unfairly from I...moreSuzannah's Gold is an Australian historical fiction novel set in the mid 1800s. The story follows the life of a young girl transported unfairly from Ireland to Australia when she was only thirteen years old. She experiences new hopes and tragedy, horror and joy.
The book is based on some real historical situations. Some of the characters are real people. Carol Preston has obviously done a lot of research and it shows.
The story highlights the struggles that the early settlers in our country faced, making a life for themselves in an environment that was often hostile and unforgiving. I gained a new-found respect for our pioneers from reading it.
Suzannah's spiritual journey throughout her life was interesting to read. It was fascinating to see the denominational conflicts that arise in those early days of colonisation. There might have been more grace demonstrated if other people had been as level-headed as Suzannah's character.
Anyone who is interested in Australian history will find a great tale with a 'a little of everything', from romance to rampaging bush-rangers. (less)
The Assigned is a quick read and well paced. There are three protagonists, each of which is well-developed with interesting back-story and unique pers...moreThe Assigned is a quick read and well paced. There are three protagonists, each of which is well-developed with interesting back-story and unique personalities. I really liked these characters and enjoyed the interactions between them.
The plot puts an interesting new twist on the super-hero genre. The mythology of the story, build upon Christian theology, does not feel contrived.
There are some very emotional scenes in this book which moved me. There is a lot of heart behind the action.
This book was told in first-person multiple point-of-view. This was quite a bold move on the part of the author. I'll be honest, I much prefer third-person for multiple POV, but I was usually able to figure out the viewpoint character in each scene without too much effort.
I am certainly looking forward to more of The Assigned. (less)
Four of Australia's Christian authors come together to tell the story of a family - spanning three generations. A legacy has been passed down through...moreFour of Australia's Christian authors come together to tell the story of a family - spanning three generations. A legacy has been passed down through the Greenfield family - and not a very good one. It is a legacy of judgementalism and refusal to understand the feelings of others. When a long-lost member of this family re-appears she brings a new hope to the four protagonists of the story. Slowly, a new legacy is built - one of hope.
Each author in this collaboration wrote the point of a view of one of the four characters. Each of them had their own supporting cast. This meant that there were a lot of people to keep track of, but as long as you stay alert it's not too bad. This was definitely a character-driven story, and the characters were very compelling, as were the various relationships between them.
The whole thing was written as a cohesive whole in a way that can only be considered impressive. In this book, we get not one but four character arcs - each of which comes to a satisfying conclusion.