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No Room for Regret

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  19 reviews
London, 1811
Chained below deck, 18-year-old James Tedder listens to the sobs of his fellow prisoners. Putting his hand over his nose to filter the vile smells, James wonders how life on the other side of the world could ever the worth living.
London, 1812
Sarah Blay watches the convict ship Indefatigable begin its voyage to the other side of the world with her husband, and h
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Clemens Schoonderwoert
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This marvellous book has been my first experience with this very fine Australian lady author, and I have to say, what an amazing voyage this life-story has been to me.
At the beginning of the book you'll be presented with a very informative Author's Note, telling you about her book, the records consulted and how it all came about, with also a heartfelt quote: To Nowhere, With No-One, With Nothing, and not to forget the author's Family Tree, and that Tree will play the significant part in this fan

James Tedder was only eighteen years of age when he was sentenced to seven years transportation to Hobart Town, Van Diemen’s Land in 1811. He despaired of ever seeing his family again. The journey on the Indefatigable was horrendous; the slops they were fed; the cruelty of the guards – Tedder wondered if he would even survive the journey.

James Blay was another such convict who was sure he would never see his wife and their three boys again. It was the friendship between Blay and Tedder that
Janeen O'Connell
Feb 17, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I can't review my own book, so here is a review from one of my "beta" readers. She is in the UK so her Amazon review doesn't appear.

Sooo.... (drum roll)... I feel like I've made new friends, been on a ship, been forced to the other side of the world and much much more!!
I love the characters, love how it moves between their stories and is written so eloquently. I especially love the smells!!! You should be so proud!! If I had more time on my hands I would've finished it in one weekend.. it's ama
Michael Sahd
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is difficult for me to rate. I definitely enjoyed it at times, but then I found that I was exasperated by it at others. It's listed as a historical fiction and it definitely qualifies, but it is most certainly a romance novel as well.

I had no idea that I was reading a romance until toward the end, although the clues were there. Not that this is a huge issue, as I've read some romances before and they were perfectly fine reads. Just not my cup of tea.

But the real issue for me was this:
Derek Sanderson
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great start but felt a bit rushed and crowded towards the end

I really enjoyed this book for the most part. The initial pace was steady in its telling of experiences through the eyes of English men, who were condemned to Van Diemen Land for several years (or life) as punishment; and through the eyes of the wife and children to one of those men, who bravely followed her husband to keep the family together. A little more than halfway through, though, I felt the storyline became too crowded with add
Cheree Hackney
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very engaging story.

Adored the characters and loved seeing them triumph through impossible times and felt the palpable sadness at seeing them struggle.

Ann O'Connell's use of unique language and phrases amused me and kept me enthralled.

Loved it! Will be following up with the sequel.
Susan Cook
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just loved it. Great characters, very exciting and believable story. Your descriptions made me feel like I was there with the families. I also liked the facts/info at the start/end of each chapter. The outcomes for the people was surprising! The whole story flowed beautifully. Well done! I will wait patiently for the next installment.
Markus Lanzendoerfer
I just couldn’t put this book down. I just loved it. Great characters, a very exciting and unforgettable story. The facts and information that you included at the start and end of each chapter was very welcomed. Im so glad that Sarah decided to make the long journey to join her husband. A great read! Looking forward to the next book 👍🏽
Berk Rourke
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author of No Room for Regret took on a historic period, filled it with wonderful characters, and did a marvelous job of creating an epoch followed by many more books. This is the first telling the story of convicts sent to Australia and New Zealand for punishment after committing crimes in England. The tales of the transport ships, the cruelty of some of the guards on the ships or on land, and the growth of a dynasty of economically successful people is amazing, epochal. It easily earns a fi ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing historical fiction read. I loved the characters and story line.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good

In this historical novel, the story of convicts deported to Australia is told. It tells of human kindness made even more palpable when portrayed next to human cruelty. It is a well written and engaging story.
Sara Avrams
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A good bit of history with a touching story to tell it by. Perhaps a bit romanticized,but still well worth reading.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I still can't believe this work is based on true story! You can tell O'Connell has sweated years of family history research into this book. Full disclosure: I am the proud Local History Librarian at the author's public library and I'm SO thrilled to have a talented and generous author and researcher in the community.
Pat Berry
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A look into the past

This is well written, interesting and thought provoking. The first half had a lot of detail that was lost by the last quarter of the book. The last was mostly reporting the facts and not really fleshing out the Story as our had earlier on.
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No Room For Regret by Janeen Ann O'Connell has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award.

"Very well researched and the descriptions of life as a transported convict were quite graphic."

"The portrayal of the people and the hardships they faced are well described, and I certainly could place myself in the story. "

Pauline Barclay
Founder of Chill with a Book Awards
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
With "No Room For Regret", author Janeen Ann O’Connell has crafted a personal take on the trials and tribulations of James Tedder and his mate James Blay – two young men who are exiled from London, England in 1811 and sentenced to work in Van Diemen’s Land – an unforgiving penal colony located in what is now present day Tasmania. Separated from their families and ostracised from their friends, the men try to navigate the complex politics and new way of life presented to them once they land on Ta ...more
Janet Cardillo
Room for regret

I did enjoy the story a lot, until the story ended on a sour note in the middle. I try to avoid series unless it says is a standalone story. Obviously this one missed the mark. I will not be following up on these characters.
Suzan Ball
Good read about Australia

This book is backed up with careful research cited as part of the narration . That characerization is cliche with a predictable plot.
Isobel Blackthorn
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Opening No Room for Regret the reader is grabbed by the collar and thrust into the worlds of twin protagonists James Tedder and James Blay as they are both arrested, charged and transported as convicts to Hobart Town, Tasmania, Australia. Tedder leaves behind his family of origin; Blay leaves his wife, Sarah, and their three sons. After a terrible voyage lasting many months, the men arrive and face some early tribulations, but then both find good fortune in securing positions away from the chain ...more
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I'm a retired secondary teacher and have been researching the murky convict past of my family tree for many years. The history was very well hidden by preceding generations, even with older family members vehemently denying any convict connections.

My perseverance gave voice to the long buried and long forgotten souls who were transported to the other side of the world as a form of punishment for m

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