Monday, 4 March 2013

ACRBA Tour - Tangled Secrets by Carol Preston

4 - 8 March

is introducing

(Even Before Publishing Sept 2012)


Carol Preston

About the Author

Carol lives in Wollongong, NSW with her husband, Neil. As well as writing novels based on her family history, Carol has a private counselling practice and enjoys reading, gardening, spending time with her four grandchildren and bushwalking. She has pursued with great admiration the lives of her ancestors in Australia and has greatly enjoyed writing novels based on their stories and the inspiring history of the Australian people. For more information about Carol's books and her other interests she can be contacted on her website:

About the book

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.The reality she faces is a tangled web of disappointment, deceit and mistakes. Further abandonment follows. Will she ever find true love? And will she discover she doesn't have to be alone before it is too late?Set in the early colonial days of New South Wales and based on real characters in the mid 1800s.Revisit Charlotte and Thomas from Charlotte's Angel and Mary's Guardian, and meet new characters in this new novel by Carol Preston. Mary's Guardian was a finalist in the fiction section of CALEB 2011.

My Thoughts:
This is a well written story, set in an interesting time in Australia's history.
However, it's not a book I plan to read again. I was really disappointed that yet another author writing about early Australia chose to include the rape of one of their characters. I don't think it's necessary for that topic to be included in every book written about that time. I certainly don't enjoy reading about it.
I also didn't like the way characters who's belief in God was tainted by circumstances and religion were not challenged in their beliefs. I didn't agree with the way some of the lives of the characters progressed and changed. Maybe those ideas were common at the time, but I don't think they should be accepted - then or now - particularly as they relate to marriage.

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