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Tangled Secrets

(Turning the Tide #3)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  12 reviews
In tragic circumstances Beth and her brothers are left in England to grow up without their parents. When Beth's childhood dream to be reunited with her father in Australia finally eventuates she finds that dreams do not always come true.
All that seems to follow is further abandonment. Will she ever find true love? And will she discover she doesn't have to be alone before
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 2012 by Even Before Publishing
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Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
This is the third book in this series and we see more about the early days in Australia. This time we focus on Beth who has reunited with her father in Australia but it's not all she hoped. She ends up marrying and its not all she hoped for. While I enjoyed the story and the more I read the better it got I did find at times early it took a little longer to get into the story but as I continued the book got better and better. I have been trying to put a finger on what was different from Mary's Gu ...more
Susan Barnes
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
Tangled Secrets is a historic fiction story written by Carol Preston. It has been well researched and set in the early 1800’s in the area inland from Sydney. It describes the life of the early settlers particularly focussing on one family and one female character. Tangled Secrets is an accurate title for the book as secrets from the past and new secrets complicate people’s lives in the present.

I found the characters very believable. A couple even reminded me of people I knew! Being set in Austr
Omega Writers
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Eight reviews from our CALEB reviewers:

Three and three-quarter stars.

(1) Tangled Secrets is a historically accurate novel set in early to mid 19th century New South Wales. Carol writes in detail of the hardships, loneliness and often harsh circumstances of the men and women of that era. Faith in God, friendship, understanding and the support women gave one to the other was essential to survival as they worked to create a better world for their children.

Heroine Beth Thorne is trapped in an imposs
Dale Harcombe
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I admit to rarely reading historical novels especially those set during the convict era, largely because I binged on them when I was younger, so this was a change for me. The speed at which I read this tells you how much I enjoyed it.
1829 Bill is convicted and transported for stealing a lamb to feed his starving family. He is transported to Australia leaving his daughter Beth and two sons with their aunt in England after his wife and young baby dies. His dream is to work hard and bring them out
D.J. Blackmore
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Carol Preston has crafted a wholesome book that engaged me from beginning to end. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, looking on at the families along the Hawkesbury, and watching Beth as she overcomes life's disappointments and hardships as a woman of integrity. Carol doesn't disappoint as she weaves a delicate romance, which had me yearning to see a happy union every bit as much as Beth's own family waited with bated breath, as God's will finally reveals itself to her and Beth gives in t ...more
Anne Hamilton
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beth is eagerly looking forward to a new life with her father Bill who was transported to New South Wales as a convict but is now settled as a trusted farm employee. Her mother has died and she and her two brothers have been brought up by their aunts. The boys know nothing of their father's past, having been told he went to Australia to make a new home for them.

The vindictive jealousy of her father's love interest Bridget leads her to make a tragic decision: she accepts a proposal of marriage fr
Ruth Bonetti
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
The central character Beth arrives in the colony from England mid 1840 to join her Ticket of Leave convict father Bill; he is ravaged with guilt and grief when Martha is left to raise four children and she and the three-month old youngest die, leaving the others in the care of aunts. Beth is 17 when she arrives in Australia with her two brothers. Their reunion is marred by Bridget who has every intention of marrying their father and whose jealousy of Beth under Bill's blind eye makes life so mis ...more
Paula Vince
Beth Nipperess and her two younger brothers have arrived in the colony of New South Wales to be reunited with their father, Bill, who had been deported as a convict when they were small. She longs for a fresh start, but finds herself having to make a difficult choice. Does she stay in the household where her father's jealous new wife fiercely resents her, or should she accept a marriage proposal from a man who seems to have a few odd ways?

In hindsight, poor Beth realises that her decision was ma
Rose Dee
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
My favorite of the series. Loved it.
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This novel wasnt as enjoyable to read as the others int he series. It is well written and edited but just missed the mark. I do still recommend it thought, worthwhile reading.
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
An excellent story with understanding of the trauma many people suffer in childhood when they have been abandoned by their parents. The story describes how abandonment can affect two different men and what it is like for the woman in their lives as she deals with the emotional damage as they try to become men with families and responsibilities. Set in the 1800's in Australia, the pathos and how to overcome the damage with the help of faith and extended family moves this story along at a satisfyi ...more
Jenny Arthur
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Again, I loved this book, it brings tears of sadness and joy and it kept me spellbound to the last page.
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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 had a counselling practice for 20 years ...more

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