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4.47  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  23 reviews
To lose her family was unthinkable ...

To find them will take a miracle.

While working in Europe, nineteen-year-old Maggie never dreamed that her family would be ripped apart and scattered across the sea, with her young brother and sister sent to Canada as part of the Home Children Migrant Scheme.

Desperation sends Maggie on a search from England to Canada, with a harrowing
Paperback, 260 pages
Published October 20th 2020 by Breath of Fresh Air Press
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Dale Harcombe
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While she is working in Europe, nineteen year old Maggie is distressed to learn her brother and sister were erroneously sent to Canada as part of the Home Children Migrant Scheme. Desperate to put her family back together, Maggie embarks on a voyage from England to Canada. She is employed as nanny to the Plowhurst family .Events at sea turn to tragedy. Maggie is rescued by the McDonalds and left stranded on Sable Island. By the time she can get off the island and get to Halifax, the trail to fin ...more
Josephine-Anne Griffiths
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! I loved this book from beginning to end 💞

As Nola Lorraine’s debut novel, Scattered has left me absolutely spellbound. Once I began reading this little gem, I couldn't stop. In fact, I have ordered the eBook and will read it again soon … very soon.

This book is beautifully crafted and written. The characters are interesting and credible. I needed to get to know them all. The amount of research which would have been required to produce this fine tale is incredible. I could envisage
Paula Vince
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a really fun and impressive debut novel.

I'm in awe of the immense research undertaken by the author, who visited the Canadian Maritimes briefly in 2012, and came home certain she could spin a great story out of the sights she'd seen. It's intriguing that the novel is set in the same place and time as Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne series, but by a 21st century Aussie author. (Halifax is one and the same as Kingsport, the University city where Anne, Gilbert and several of their children live
Lynne Stringer
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Scattered is an enjoyable debut novel from Nola Lorraine and should please lovers of historical Christian romance. Set in Canada in the late 1800s, I enjoyed the locations, the characters and the story. Things weren't always as predictable as these books can be, although some parts were, and certainly it was clear who the dastardly villains were and the protagonists were suitably likeable.
My only real criticism was that I thought it all ended a bit quickly, with some of the resolution happening
Jeanette Grant-Thomson
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Four and a half stars.

Congratulations, Nola Lorraine, on your impressive debut novel and on the amazing amount of research you must have done to reproduce the clear picture of society in the 1880s. Scattered is very thoroughly researched and the effect flows naturally into the background of the novel.

The story begins near Sable Island Nova Scotia, May 1882.
The opening scene is a shipwreck with the delightful, spontaneous heroine, Maggie, trying to look after some children and their ailing mother
Meredith Resce
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nola Lorraine has stepped out of her usual academia and editing mode and entered into the magical world of fiction.
Her debut novel, ‘Scattered’, is testament to her long-term passion to see the story well researched and well written.
I was interested to see Nola chose as her setting the Canadian town of Halifax—familiar to all Anne of Green Gable fans¬—and a similar time period to when Anne would have been wandering about the Lake of Shining Waters. Nola also chose orphans and home children (chil
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Scattered by Nola Lorraine is a delightful historical romance set in nineteenth century Canada - mostly on Sable Island, Halifax and surrounding country. Maggie is working as a governess on the continent to help provide for her family, when her mother dies and her younger siblings are sent to Canada as part of the Home Children scheme - without Maggie's knowledge. Maggie takes on a post with the Plowhursts so she can travel to Halifax and search for her brother and sister. She encounters challen ...more
Anne Hamilton
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely book with a strong plot and likeable characters. The historical romance elements are topped with a fine overlay of detective drama edged with pioneer adventure. The heroine finds herself the sole survivor of a shipwreck on the notorious maritime graveyard of Sable Island. She had headed out from England as a governess, determined to track down her missing sister and brother - who have been mistakenly sent out to Canada from a workhouse.

There's also a strong thread of crime and
Jenny Glazebrook
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
The plot in this story has to be one of the most intricate, brilliant weavings of circumstances and events I have ever read. The characters were great - complex and very real. Even the villain who did evil, and made obviously wrong choices was not completely evil and his choices, though wrong, were understandable. His motivation was clearly and cleverly shown.

Maggie was a warm, humble, lovable character. Her love for her family and genuine care for others made her a delight. I particularly enjo
Mazzy Adams
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a delight it was to receive an autographed copy of Nola Lorraine's debut novel, 'Scattered', for my birthday. Nothing like having a legitimate excuse to chill out with a great book, and 'Scattered' - the story of Maggie's desperate search for her stolen siblings - did not disappoint in any way.

From the sincerity and believability of the characters whose story weaves through emotional ups and downs and plot twists and turns, to the easy flow of language and voice, 'Scattered' draws you natu
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Scattered is the first novel by Australian, Nola Lorraine, author, of many published short stories. A Victorian era, historical fiction novel, Scattered will also appeal to lovers of mystery, romance and young adult, “coming of age” novels. Set in Nova Scotia in the 1880s, Lorraine immerses us in the disturbing world of the British-Canadian, Home Children Migrant Scheme, with scenes evocative of a Dickens novel.

Nineteen-years-old English woman, Maggie O’Loughlin, is on a life and death quest to
Helen Curtis
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
A beautiful novel with much more depth than many novels of the same genre. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story of Maggie, and the people she meets as she searches for her younger brother and sister, taken from England to Canada as part of the Home Children Migrant Scheme. Mystery, intrigue, love and determination work together to create a compelling read. I look forward to reading more from this author, hopefully soon!
Ellen Carr
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this story and I congratulate Nola Lorraine on writing such a wonderful debut novel. I was fully engaged from the start and the twists and turns of the story kept me reading.
Set in 1882 in Nova Scotia, Canada, this is the story of Maggie, a young English woman whose brother and sister have been taken to Canada as part of the Home Children Migrant Scheme of the time, after the death of their mother. Maggie's plan is to find them and take them under her care.
The ship on which
Dianne Riley
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much I have bought another copy for a friend's birthday. The characters are so real, Nola certainly has a way of keeping the book a page turner with the twists and turns (that I didn't see coming!) Maggie is a splendidly believable character on a heart warming mission.
I'm keen for the sequel!
Janet Camilleri
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A most enjoyable read.
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nola Lorraine's debut novel grabs your attention from the first page as you hold on while Maggie's ship tosses and smashes and finally sinks. Her survival and subsequent rescue on Sable Island are premonitions of the mixed fortunes and adventures that await her as she searches for Jack and Emily, her younger siblings, who have been mistakenly taken from Britain to Canada as part of the home children program. Nola skilfully weaves her intricate plot, incorporating a dashing and handsome hero, Nas ...more
Elaine Fraser
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Scattered, by Nola Lorraine is a fabulous debut inspirational historical fiction novel. Set in Victorian-era Nova Scotia the novel employs quite a few genre elements such as historical, mystery and romance. It has a bit of everything for every reader.

Maggie is on a quest. Her siblings have been sent from England to Canada as part of the Home Children Migrant Scheme and she is determined to find them. Facing many obstacles, including a shipwreck that leaves her stranded on Sable Island, Maggie i
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Maggie O’Loughlin has taken a job as nanny to the Plowhurst family, who are emigrating from England to Nova Scotia. She needs to get to Halifax, because her younger brother and sister were taken there as part of the British Home Children scheme, which brought orphaned children from England to Canada to hopefully give them a better life.

While Jack and Emily are technically orphans, Maggie is old enough to work and care for them. They were shipped away while she was working for another family, and
Vicky Dedda
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot believe that this book is Nola's debut novel. What a gift Nola has, the book was just amazing. It was so full of suspense, intrigue, romance, I could 't put it down, I just HAD to find out what happened. It was a novel that something was happening all the time, you never felt annoyed or as if there wasn't much substance. This book is full of substance with everything you could imagine you would want in a good book. For a first novel I cannot imagine what joy is around the corner for us ...more
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars. A great book that moved at a good pace and kept me turning the pages. I was engaged in the story and enjoyed the characters. I found the story was a good length and didn’t drag on. Would definitely be interested in reading more from this author.
Jenn Sands
An excellent story with a lot to keep me on the edge of my seat and guessing.
Kaye Johnson
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully crafted and well researched book! I loved the depth of the characters, especially Maggie the young heroine. She never faltered in her quest to find her young brother and sister who had been sent to Canada when it was believed they were orphans. She survived a shipwreck which saw the demise of the family who employed her, and spent time on Sable Island healing from the trauma of the shipwreck before sailing to Halifax to begin the search for Jack and Emily. A dastardly villain Thadd ...more
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Nola Lorraine wrote her first mystery story in primary school. She used the word ‘suddenly’ five times and Mr Cuskelly circled every one of them. She’s come a long way since then, with more than 150 short publications, including fiction, poetry, devotions, true stories, magazine articles and academic papers. Her debut novel ‘Scattered’ was released in October 2020. She is also the co-editor of the ...more

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