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The Lost Valley

(The Tasmanian Tales #2)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  866 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Tasmania, 1929: Ten-year-old-twins, Tom and Harry Abbott, are orphaned by a tragedy that shocks Hobart society. They find sanctuary with their reclusive grandmother, growing up in the remote and rugged Binburra ranges – a place where kind-hearted Tom discovers a love of the wild, Harry nurses a growing resentment towards his brother and where the mountains hold secrets tha ...more
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Published August 27th 2018 by Pilyara Press
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Veronica ⭐️

The Lost Valley is a sequel to Jennifer Scoullar’s Fortune’s Son. You can read my review of Fortune’s Son here

The Lost Valley opens in 1929 at the height of the Wall Street crash. Ten year old twins Tom and Harry Abbott are orphaned by a tragedy and are taken in by their estranged grandmother Isabelle Buchanon. The twins handle their parents’ death and the move to their grandmother’s country home, Binburra, in different ways. Tom, a quiet soul, connects w
The shocking death of Tom and Harry Abbott’s parents when they were only ten years old meant they were taken to Binburra, the home of their grandmother, Isabella, their father’s mother. Tom settled in well, taking to the vast and remote Tasmanian bush just like his great-grandfather, Daniel Campbell, had. But Harry was too much like his father – everything was a competition, including who would receive the most affection from their Nana; it had been the same when their father was alive. And the ...more
Ten year old twins Harry and Tom find themselves orphaned when tragedy hits Hobart and their parents are killed. The boys estranged grandmother, Isabelle take the boys in and begins the long journey of raising the boys, doing all she can to make they are looked after and well cared for.

As we follow the Harry and Tom's story we see them go from young boys into men where each of them discover love, loss and war. They were so close when they were young, but going into adulthood that was about to a
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
4.5 stars
Jennifer Scoullar, a much respected writer who champions Australia’s flora and fauna in intricately woven narratives, makes her mark with her latest novel, The Lost Valley. A truly heartfelt and insightful tribute to Tasmania, this magnificent Australian saga ties in themes of brotherhood, jealously, sibling rivalry, love, career and personal aspirations, all within the one sprawling novel. The Lost Valley is also able to transverse time and place,
Dec 01, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to be contacted by the author to receive a digital copy of The Lost Valley in exchange for an honest review! I am so happy Jennifer picked me as I just loved it. Jennifer explained it can be a stand-alone or read after Fortune’s Son – so I thought to get the best experience I would read both. I am actually missing these amazing characters now and loved both books equally.
At the age of 10, twin boys Harry and Tom are orphaned. These boys are descendants of characters in the fi
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was offered to me as an ARC and as I have loved every one of Jennifer's books, I didn't hesitate to accept.

Two little boys, Harry and Tom, twins, are orphaned at the age of 10. And so begins the rivalry between the two boys as they grow from children to men. The Lost Valley is a story rich in its characters, either lovable or not so much, but so very well and beautifully drawn with the strength and frailty of human nature. The story is mainly situated in the heart of Tasmania but takes
Stanley McShane
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Lost Valley- a treasure

Ms. Scoullar has written one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long time. The characters are real and the outcome is fabulous. I will look for her additional books. CE Williams-Free from Bookbub
Bree T
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second in rural lit author Jennifer Scoullar’s Tasmanian Tales series. The first book introduced us to a part of Tasmania that had remained mostly untouched – old growth forest teeming with wildlife, including the elusive thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger. It gave us a love story that spanned decades of heartache and separation and this book picks up into the future with the grandchildren of Isabelle, 10 year old twins Tom and Harry who unexpectedly come into her care after a family trag ...more
Talking Books
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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4.5***** Thanks to Beauty and Lace Book Club and Pilyara Press for providing me with an ARC of this fabulous book.

This book certainly put my emotions through the wringer, being an empath I tend to really feel for the characters I connect with in books and Jennifer doesn't shy away from putting her characters through some highly emotional and trying situations. This is the second book in the series, though it can be read as a standalone.
This story covers quite a few years, concentrating on the l
Richard Mure
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
‘Fortune’s Son’ and ‘Lost Valley’ can be read on their own or in sequence. Together they explore multiple avenues and portray Tasmania’s emerging development, and the struggle to protect its unique natural surroundings for later generations. It does this by telling a family saga spanning four generations.
Lost Valley has also a thread of its own: persistent sibling rivalry that moves implacably towards confrontation through page-turning twists and turns of the plot. Will history repeat itself and
S. Nichols
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A new excellent author that I had never read. Want to read all her books. Good story and interesting reading about Tasmania. Would like to go to Australia some day.
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An exciting, highly entertaining and informative piece of literature that is hard to put down.

First, informative with the introduction of the main characters with revealing incidents of personal battles to come. Then they separate and deal with trials and tribulations that mould their strengths and take advantage of their weaknesses. Then, they all come together to deal with the past, and forge futures that are not compatible with one anothers goals. You cannot wait to determine the outcomes for
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The long awaited sequel to Fortune's Son which I loved reading. Jennifer writes with such knowledge about the environment and the animal world. Much research has obviously gone into each one of her books. The Lost Valley continues the story of the Abbott family and starts off with a bang (literally). The orphaned twins Tom & Harry are very different and are doomed to become rivals throughout their lives. Tom is very much like his grandparents whereas Harry is determined to win back the family bu ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The Lost Valley is the second of The Tasmanian Tales. It follows Fortune's Son, but can be read as a stand alone book.

I enjoyed this book, but not quite as much as the Fortune's Son, still it is a good read. This story is set during the depression and World War 2 and features the twin grandsons of the characters from Fortune's Son. The story arc is actually very similiar to Fortune's Son and in some parts it's a bit over the top. I enjoyed finding out what happened to the previous characters an
Theresa Smith
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The Lost Valley is a sweeping family saga in the tradition of Di Morrissey, lined with drama and beating with a conservationists heart. Taking us back to Tasmania in the 1930s and spanning through to beyond the second world war, we get an intimate look at life in Tasmania during the depression era and prosperous post war years following the hardship.

As well as telling the story of twins, Tom and Harry, we meet Emma, a bright young woman on the cusp of a prosperous future, only to have circumstan
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Tasmanian Tales:
Fortune’s Son #1 – So sad and so heartbreaking, the heartwarming multiple storylines about Tasmania, her culture and her creatures was so interesting and intriguing; it was another hard to put down story. The well-written characters, the author’s vivid descriptions, and talented storytelling abilities place the reader deep into the weave of a beautiful tapestry of love, sacrifice and the culture and wildlife of Tasmania, with glimpses of AU. Bear is my favorite character next
Elise Larson
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fortune's Son is superb, but The Lost Valley is simply magnificent! FIVE GLORIOUS STARS!

Sequels seldom surpass the first book in a series, but this one does! OH MY GOSH! I could use all the superlatives and cliches and still come up short. Please, just experience this story for yourself, because my words can't do it justice. But don't expect to do anything else once you start reading, because you won't put it down until the end. Seriously. You won't. (Just be sure to breathe now and then.)

Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brief synopsis from the book cover:

Tasmania, 1929: Ten-year-old-twins, Tom and Harry Abbott, are orphaned by a tragedy that shocks Hobart society. They find sanctuary with their reclusive grandmother, growing up in the remote and rugged Binburra ranges – a place where kind-hearted Tom discovers a love of the wild, Harry nurses a growing resentment towards his brother and where the mountains hold secrets that will transform both their lives.

The chaos of World War II divides the brothers, and thei
Jul 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm always a little sceptical when the author's name is 10 times larger than the book's title, as it was with Australian author Jennifer Scoullar's novel 'The Lost Valley'. I've generally enjoyed this writer's stories, but this one just didn't grab me - and I lived in Tasmania for 10 years. I did enjoy the descriptions of the bush and the animals, but the plot seemed so contrived. To me it was full of cliches and unfolded like a 1930's potboiler B-grade movie. Oh, that does sound harsh, but I wa ...more
Zoe Jones
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a fabulously well written novel!
Huge congratulations to Jennifer Scoullar.

The novel was set in the 1920s with young twin brothers tragically loosing their parents.
The story sees them grow up into men and how their lives drift apart from greed and hatred.

The characters are based in Tasmania and set around the War.

In the novel you learn of a young girl, who faces poverty but will do anything to help her mother, even if that means selling herself.

The novel has 3 strong characters, it
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When this was offered free, I checked rating comments before "buying." Because I saw comments that this book was much better than the first, I had to check out the first one, saw that I already had it in my library. So I read it first and joined all the others rating it 5 stars. So powerfully haunting and introduced that little island of Tasmania most informatively.

No way do I think the #2 book better. It was equally well written and again told a powerful, "Cain and Abel" story, but just a litt
Ruben Zamorano
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lost valley indeed!

Two brothers grow up with many in Tasmania with insecurities and much competition. WWII takes them in two very different directions. After a sad return with both brothers married they quarrel about their inheritance. This tale is written with great compassion and understanding of this special country and its natural beauty. The characters are well spelled out and the entire novel is qualitative in nature.
pete miesch
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Tasmanian Tales Book 2

I read the first book and hated to see it end. I hoped for sequel to take off where the first ended. Book 2 is that sequel but it starts several years later. Book 2 is a continuation with the second generation. It is also an intriguing book that is hard to put down. It has its ups and downs in good and not so happy. I hope there is a third book sequal.
Judi Politte-Downs
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The story place in Tasmania Australia interesting a story of twins twin boys and all the things that they went through of a young woman and her Love of animals her misfortunes troubles and triumphs everything that the three went through. The story kept me super interested and riveted so much that I would when I wake up in middle of night I would grab my phone so I could read it a chapter or two. the ending was just as I would have wanted it
Pat M
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The story takes place in Tasmania and London. Twin boys lost their mom and dad in what they were told was a home invasion.
Nobody wanted to take responsibility for the twins as there was no longer any home or any money to send them back to boarding school. Their maternal grandmother agrees to take them into her home and raises them according to her rules. This is the story of their life. It was an amazing story, one that kept me engrossed until the end.
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent storytelling with beautiful descriptive details of the wildlife and landscape of Australia along with the telling of twin brothers different ways of growing up in Australia . The one woman that loved one brother and married the other out of necessity to provide for her mother . When tragedy occurs and the past truths are revealed true love prevails
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read. I purchased it because I LOVED the Tasmanian Tales Book #1 and didn't want it to end. The plots are good, the characters are well defined and developed, and the description of the Tasmanian and South African flora and fauna make me want to go there tomorrow! Jennifer Scoullar is definitely one of my new favorite authors! ...more
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Jennifer Scoullar Bio

Jennifer has always harboured a deep appreciation and respect for the natural world. Her house is on a hill-top, overlooking valleys of messmate and mountain ash. A pair of old eagles live there too. Black-shouldered wallabies graze by the creek. Eastern Spinebills hover among the callistemon. Jennifer lives with her family on a beautiful property in the mountains, that was le

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