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Mary's Guardian (Turning the Tide, #1). (Turning the Tide #1)

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Carol Preston uses historical research and real characters to create an understanding of life as a convict. William is transported to Australia, after years on the streets. Clinging to the hope of a better life, he looks for possibility in an unknown country. But being a convict isn't easy. When William finds and surprises young Mary with a proposal, their life together be ...more
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Published February 23rd 2011 by Even Before Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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MARY’S GUARDIAN follows William and Mary, through the struggles and turmoil of life in early Australia. They are separated and jailed in England before travelling with the first fleet of convicts to Sydney Cove. When they arrive, they are reunited and work hard to find their place in this harsh new country. Mary and Williams struggles go beyond setting up house and a farm. Starting a family for them is anything but a natural progression. Read more here...
Lynne Stringer
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoy reading historical fiction and this series is even more interesting than most, as it's based, not only on Australia's colonial days, but on Carol Preston's own family history. She's taken a little poetic license to fill in the gaps, but the people were real and the situations they find themselves in have clearly been well researched by the author. The tale of two convicts overcoming their past to make a life in a new country is not an uncommon theme, but it is well done here, providing ...more
Omega Writers
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Three reviews from our CALEB reviewers:

This is the first in an absorbing family saga, set in the very beginnings of Australian Colonial history. It traces the lives of William and Mary, who arrive in Australia as convicts but who, after their emancipation, become upstanding citizens of the new colony. Preston draws us into the heart of farming communities along the Hawkesbury River and, in particular, into the lives of people who have realised the full potential of a second chance. God can t
Paula Vince
This book is a must-read for any Aussie who has enjoyed reading the abundance of American historical, frontier-style fiction available on our market. There is nowhere near as much authentic Australian material and truly needs to be, as the history of our Great Southland is equally rich and colourful. Carol Preston has taken upon herself the job of researching her family tree in early settler times to bring us an awesome story based on true people and facts.

Written as a fictionalised account, we
Ruth Bonetti
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it
A book for those interested in early Australian history. For me, Kate Grenville has set a high bar, for her wonderful imagery, painting of landscape and subtle handling of dialect in The Secret River written about similar colonial times. But Preston's main characters were rather well portrayed, especially in the opening chapters though more sketchy with the next generation. The message of faith is quite inspirational, not heavy handed.
Rose Dee
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Australian history told with heart. Looking forward to the next instalment from the series.
Jenny Arthur
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, I found it an eye opening and interesting account of how people lived in early Australian settlement.
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Carol was born in Lithgow, NSW in 1948, and moved to the Illawarra at the age of five. In 1967 she married Neil Preston in Wollongong, where their two children, Tammy and Adam were born. Carol returned to study in 1976, and completed a PhD at Wollongong University in 1986, publishing numerous academic articles in psychological journals during that time. She is now in part time private counselling ...more
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