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To Love Anew (Sydney Cove #1)

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Hannah Talbot has no one. Forced to leave the only home she's ever known, she works for a cruel employer who brutally takes the one thing she has left - her dignity. When she is banished from London, she is certain God has turned his back on her.

John Bradshaw was a successful businessman whose untamed spirit sometimes wanted more. When he is betrayed by those closest to h
Paperback, 297 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Revell
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Julia Bell
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I got this book as a freebie for my Nook tablet. I wasn't sure if how much I would like it, but decided to give it a go. The first few chapters were difficult to get into. I think the writer could have done a bit better developing the story and the characters in the beginning, but once I got past the first few chapters I was hooked. I know other readers have commented that they didn't like how much sadness and hardship there was in the book. Personally, this is one of the things I loved most, no ...more
To Love Anew is an amazing journey you won't want to miss. There are some pretty edgy scenes in this book, which of course worked well for me. However, someone else may find a few things a bit hard to read because they were SO realistically done. I felt like I was Hannah suffering through the majority of the book. The stench, the pain, the heartache were all vividly portrayed. I doubt I would have survived what Hannah went through and may have given up hope long before. But Hannah was a survivor ...more
Having got not one, but three convicts in our family tree I really related to this historical romance. Two of our convicts were married to each other – he had his ticket of leave and then he chose her as a wife from the woman’s prison factory and they went on to have a long marriage, many children and a very successful general store. Their daughter married the third convict in our family tree. So we know a little bit about our Aussie convicts and their history. Bonnie Leon has really done her re ...more
Jarilyn Schwab
Jun 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Kept you interested but had so much tragedy and sadness.I Liked how it turned out but was exausted by all the trials that the characters had to go through.
Tiffany Wacaser
May 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
I chose this book thinking that it would really deal with redemption and grace. I hope the author meant well, but just couldn't communicate the true meaning of redemption and grace. Since this book is so terrible, I feel no problems with revealing the plot.

The story revolves around Hannah and John. Hannah is a young seamstress, whose mother dies, leaving Hannah destitute and desperate in England. Hannah is forced to take work as a scullery maid at the home of a prominent judge. The judge pursue
Tina Pinson
Jan 29, 2013 rated it liked it
To Love Anew was a tough book to read. Not because the story wasn't interesting or the writing wasn't good. But To Love Anew takes a hard look at the inequalities of those with affluence and those without in mid-1800's England.

Hannah Talbot had a decent life being a seamstress with her mother, but when her mother dies, Hannah is thrown into a world unlike any she's known. She is kicked out of her home, and can't get work to continue her mother's business because of a selfish customer. So she ta
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Story Description:

Baker Publishing Group | August 1, 2007 | Trade Paperback | ISBN: 978-0-8007-3176-2
Historical Fiction | Sydney Cove Series #1 |

Hannah Talbot has no one. Forced to leave the only home she's ever known, she works for a cruel employer who brutally takes the one thing she has left--her dignity. When she is banished from London, she is certain God has turned his back on her. John Bradshaw was a successful businessman whose untamed spirit sometimes wanted more. When he is betrayed by
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AUTHOR: Bonnie Leon is an Inspirational romance writer. Her ability to bring emotions to the top will have you thinking about your relationship with God. Amazing! She has the ability to describe every event and give you the feeling that you were there at that moment, at that time. Her use of scripture is right on target. Great job Bonnie....and I don't even personally know you. Great job!

THIS BOOK GENRE: Fiction, Historical romance, Inspirational romance

SETTING: London England when it took 6 mo
Diane  Holm
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Life… It only takes a moment to be trodden down, forgotten, and cast aside like garbage...

19th Century New South Wales could be a pleasant place to live, if you had money. But those who challenged the upper class received severe and unwarranted punishment.

When Hannah looses her mother to an untimely death, it sends her spiraling downward, like a whirlpool. Frazzled, one poor choice tumbles into desperate actions. The penalty is unimaginable.

John should be happy. He has a successful tool busines
Sep 08, 2012 rated it liked it
ok, I've read other books by this author and loved her. This one I wasn't so keen on. I loved the history and the fact that it wasn't another cheery little Christian novel where nothing terribly bad ever happens and life is grand and families are wonderful blah blah blah...
this is not an easy read. It's dark and seems terribly hopeless. Bad things happened to good people! One part that really disturbed me was there was never an explanation about why she lost her baby except the fact that she pra
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Bonnie Leon is the author of twenty-one novels, including the recently released To Dance With Dolphins, the popular Alaskan Skies and bestselling The Journey of Eleven Moons.
Bonnie’s books are being read internationally and she hears from readers in Australia, Europe, and even Africa.
She enjoys speaking for women’s groups and teaching at writing seminars and conventions. These days, her time is f
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