Set in the 1820’s, in the penal colony of Newcastle. This beautiful book follows Emma Colchester as she arrives in Australia to marry a man she has never met. Sharing this journey with Emma is Tobias Freeman a convict in the colony who longs for freedom. One criminal. One free settler. Both prisoners?
I found this to be a beautiful, thoughtful book. Blackmore has a beautiful writing style, with great descriptions and complex characters. I found it hard to put this book down.
The author did an amazing job of capturing family dynamics, these relationships came across as both realistic and well-rounded. With a captivating mix of historical fiction, romance and three-dimensional characters this book has more than enough substance to keep a reader engaged.
A few errors do pop up throughout this book. There are some missing words and some issues with paragraphing. Yet for me the story was compelling enough that these issues didn’t really bother me.
This books only downfall in my eyes was the end. I would’ve liked a little bit more. Maybe an epilogue to round-up some of the characters stories. I understand that’s these were minor characters and the idea is just to let the reader imagine how these characters ended up, but I don’t have an imagination.
So my only criticism of this book is I wanted more. In my eyes that a win. If you love historical fiction or romance or just a really good read, grab this book.