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Bound to Sarah [Kindle Edition]

Craig Brennan
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The hand of fate, that had torn their lives apart, is now set to make their worlds collide once again.
BOUND TO SARAH will set you on a roller-coaster of emotions, graphic in description and action packed. This story is brutal and shockingly unpredictable.
In the year 1823, at the height of the British Empire and the colonization of Australia, Pat Roche sits on board a convict ship, sentenced for the term of his natural life to the New Colonies. All hope of ever seeing his wife and child again appeared to be lost. The ship is a fraught with tension under such a strict military guard; with one hundred and fifty criminals confined to a small space, it can only mean trouble. By the time the ship arrives at Van Dieman’s Land, there will be fighting, flogging, rape, murder and mutiny. Pat Roche will find himself involved in it all.
Sarah Roche has now been shunned by the local community and is struggling to fend for herself and her little boy. There is a terrible turn of events and she is soon to follow in her husband’s footsteps. So too will a desperate voyage begin for her on board the female convict ship, otherwise known as ‘Floating Brothels’. She arrives in Hobart a broken woman, only regaining her strength after a fleeting moment with her husband. Pat is being taken away to a place of unbearable torment; the notorious Sarah Island settlement, where escape is punishable by death.
Many colourful characters weave their way through the pages, creating a plot intertwined with deceit, retribution, murder, tragedy and enduring love, resulting in a heart wrenching climax.
For Pat Roche, when there is nothing more worth living for, a chance to escape and find his family is worth dying for.

Editorial Reviews


"The lives of the characters were certainly harsh and the laws they were subjected to came across well. The historical detail given to the ships and how they were manned, crewed, and utilized for the deportation of prisoners was fascinating".  Historical Novel Society.

"The Author did a beautiful job with his writing and I thank him for sharing this story and of Sarah Island. Compelling reading if you are interested in history".  Jillian Jones (Australia)

"Richly written and vividly portrayed - curling up with this book became a highlight of my day - but alas the story came to it's wonderful conclusion. Thank you Craig Brennan for bringing us into this important time in history, and letting us experience it. I'm especially grateful that I could do it from the warm comfort and safety of my reading chair. Kudos!"
 K. Driehorst (Atlanta, GA)

"It held my attention from start to finish. Descriptions of the living conditions both throughout the 9 month voyage on the 'Rupert' and the subsequent prison labour camps in Hobart and Van Dieman's land were harrowing".  Dinah Lee  (New Zealand)

"I loved this book,after finishing it I wanted to read it again".  Londongirl

Product Details

  • File Size: 462 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Craig Brennan; 1 edition (July 10, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005C5Z7JW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars intriguing September 19, 2011
When I read this book I found it really interesting and it turned out to be a cracking read. There's alot going on in the story that sees a husband and wife being seperated and both convicted to Van Dieman's Land's (Tasmania) penal colony. Without giving too much away, it takes them seven years to come back together but the things that happen in between times keep you reading and at times I couldn't put it down. It's full of surprises, some quite shocking and some quite grusome but all in all a thoroughly enjoyable read and would recommend to anyone interested.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a good read August 15, 2011
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I enjoyed Bound to Sarah a lot. The boat scenes are very descriptive and well researched. A very good insight into convict life. The book keeps moving along and though a few too many amazing coincidences at the end still a thoroughly good read.
I am looking forward to Mr. Brennan's next work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bound to Sarah January 15, 2012
I decided to leisurely read this book over the Christmas period, but found that after reading the first chapter, I read it anything but a leisurely pace. Beginning in Liverpool at the turn of the 19th century the book recounts the story of two young lovers separated through desperately unfortunate circumstances and their emotional search for each other over a number of years and many thousands of miles. Bound To Sarah had me desperate to find out what would happen next, and though at times I was shocked by the brutal descriptions of the protagonists' experiences, the author's prose was delicate enough to overcome this.
Craig Brennan's achievement is that the history becomes but a background to a multitude of vivid characters , whose experiences he weaves expertly into a mesmerising whole novel. Bound to Sarah is a story about heart-wrenching suffering and extraordinary evil from those in authority, transformed by the author's talents into making it an enjoyable, albeit very emotional, and accessible first novel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing February 12, 2013
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I was a bit disappointed by some aspects of Bound to Sarah. Craig Brennan has taken chunks of Tasmanian history and woven them into a work of fiction. I live in Tasmania (formerly Van Diemens Land) and found a number if inaccuracies in the book's timeline and geographical descriptions. The escape by a group of convicts from Sarah Island that led to cannibalism is part of Tasmanian history but it occurred earlier than the story in the book. I did not think the Sarah Island part of the story was necessary. Convicts were not sent to the Island because somebody took a dislike to them - it was a place of secondary punishment for crimes that were committed after their arrival in the colony. Readers who are not students of Tasmanian history or not concerned with inaccuracies will more than likely enjoy reading about this early part of Australian history.
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Excellent historical fiction about convict life in Australia. Having been to Sarah Island, I could appreciate the story line even more. I can recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bound to sarah August 17, 2013
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Bound to Sarah Sad and great story Could have read a lot more Loved the story and descriptions of country side
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bound to Sarah a good read April 18, 2013
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thoroughly enjoyable easy reading. a lovely heartwarming story, would recommend to anyone interested in convict of those books hard to put down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sarah & Sarah Island contrast March 31, 2013
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The historical facts the story is centered around are basicly correct and depict what life was like at that time
The story story appeared at times to have been built around the facts and manufactured to fit facts. Regardless it is a easy book to read and historical representative of Convict life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bound to Sarah
As a Tasmanian with 2 convicts as my Ancestors this book had me captivated. I thought I knew a fair bit about the lives that they lived through the many books I had already read,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jillian Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a world we,d want to live in.
Although fiction, this was quite a graphic story of the early convict and penal history of this country. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Elly hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from cover to cover.
The trials and tribulations the characters went through kept the book interesting from start to finish.... Read more
Published 19 months ago by SueT
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding read!
I very much enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to others to do so too. Even though there was so much sadness within it, there is also life, and a view of how life may very... Read more
Published 21 months ago by GrandpaJohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Heartfelt!
The author clearly did his homework on this and then used that knowledge to bring us along on the journey with characters that are believable and who we come to love and root for. Read more
Published on July 4, 2012 by K. Driehorst
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
a well written easy read giving the reader an insight into what couples do for each other in extreme circumstance. Read more
Published on June 25, 2012 by dubbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch book
This book is a very well researched novel on a subject you just don't see much about. The simplest errors or misunderstandings sent many Brits as convicts to what is now Australia. Read more
Published on June 9, 2012 by L. Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars A First Rate Read
If you like Well Researched Historical Fiction then you should love this novel.
Centred around the transportation and ultimate fate of felons from England to Hobart Town in... Read more
Published on February 8, 2012 by Dinah Lee
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More About the Author

Craig Brennan is the author of 2 novels which are both historical fiction. 'Bound to Sarah' was his first, which is about Australia's brutal convict past. His second is called 'When the Cherry blossoms fall', which is about the 7 day Blitz on Liverpool in 1941.
Craig was born in Liverpool, England, where he still lives with his wife and son. He has had a variety of jobs but writing has always been his passion. He has also written and produced a play called 'The place where we stand, Spion Kop' about how Liverpool FC's Spion Kop came to be known, which was well received in his native Liverpool.

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