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Longings of the Heart (Sydney Cove Series #2) [Kindle Edition]

Bonnie Leon
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It's the early 1800s and the wondrous land of Australia is full of possibilities as settlers stake their claims. Hannah and John are settling some land in New South Wales and hoping to start a family. But their bright hopes for the future are clouded with trouble. As they try unsuccessfully to have a baby, Hannah suffers from guilt over her past. Now this haunts her and her relationship with John--she's never told her husband about this chapter of her life.
Full of the kind of emotional longings romance readers crave, Longings of the Heart is the heart-rending second book in the Sydney Cove series. Established and new Leon fans alike will finish this story wanting more.

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They're finally starting a new life together. But will shadows of the old life tear them apart?

Hannah and John have embraced the wondrous land of Australia as their own. As they venture into the unknown to start a sheep farm, they must rely on God and each other to scrape out a living and fulfill their dreams of having a family of their own. But life on the fledgling ranch is fraught with pitfalls and hidden danger. And the past is finally catching up with them.

When a mysterious woman shows up in town, Hannah is in danger of her own dark secrets being revealed. Can John and Hannah weather the storm? Or will the harsh realities of life tear them apart?

Full of genuine longing and the promise of bright hope, Longings of the Heart is the dramatic second book in the Sydney Cove series.

About the Author

Bonnie Leon is the bestselling author of more than ten historical fiction novels. She stays busy teaching women's Bible studies and speaking at writing seminars and conventions. She and her husband, Greg, live in Glide, Oregon.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1854 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001QOGW6K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,912 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Newlyweds in the Outback February 26, 2009
Format:Paperback
Hannah and John have settled down and gotten married in their new home in Australia. Now down with their prison sentences, they are ready to move on and start a new life and family together. However starting a family just isn't happening for the two of them. Hannah is worried that it's her fault, and that what happened in the past is coming back to haunt her. She knows she has to tell John but is scared as to what will happen. Then her secret gets out and is being used to blackmail the couple. Will they be able to survive this or is life as convicts starting to look easier than life as newlyweds?

Australian history has always been fascinating to me. It just is amazing that the country was colonized to be a place for prisoners. It's an amazing history and in my opinion, more interesting that the US! This book however focuses more on John and Hannah's relationship than on the Australian history. It was fun reading about how they were adapting to being newlywed's and having to adapt to each other. Being in the environment they were in, made life stressful so having to add a new marriage on top of that would have added more fuel to fire! I found Hannah's reaction to being an adoptive mother very surprising for a Christian novel. Normally everyone is all about hugs and being 100% loving from the beginning. However, I found her response to Thomas to be more realistic especially with what she had been going through. I enjoyed the story very much. As in the first book in the series, it's an engaging tale with memorable characters in a unique setting. The only thing that bugged me about the story was John getting angry with Hannah about what had happened to her. I can understand his being mad about her keeping it a secret from him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet Story October 18, 2008
Format:Paperback
Bonnie Leon transports us to a time to when prisoners were being deported from Britain to Australia. Longings of the Heart, the second in Leon's Sydney Cove series, picks up the story of John Bradshaw and his new wife, Hannah. Having survived the harsh conditions aboard a prisoner ship, they embark on their new marriage with full hearts and high hopes--but not without shadows of the past clouding their future.

Hannah's kept a secret from her new husband, one that rears its ugly head in this book. Plagued by guilt over her past sin, she's convinced she'll never bear John a child. Their failed attempts to start a family threaten to drive a wedge between them emotionally while the challenges of building a sheep ranch in dangerous territory test them physically.

The book begins slowly and is a sweet gentle story punctuated with four major turning points that increase the suspense and draw the reader in deeper. I felt for Hannah as she struggled to forgive herself and a friend and for John as he endeavored to stand by his wife despite the risks to his ranch and his reputation. Both are likable characters, as are the numerous secondary characters. The faith element is handled well and plays a significant role in the outcome of the story.

I enjoyed reading a historical set in a location I rarely encounter and thought Leon did a nice job of bringing Australia and the era of prisoner deportation to life. I'd not read the first book in the series, and I found myself wanting to read that story to find out about life aboard the prisoner ship and how this fine couple got together. I anticipate the third book in the series because I'm eager to see how John and Hannah make peace with the past and find out what the future holds for their family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming adventure May 8, 2013
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I love stories about 2nd chances in life. This is set in the renegade Australia when prisoners were shipped down under because of prison overcrowding. The struggles of the past taking second place to the challenges of the future. Many great examples how God helps His people here on earth to overcome obstacles and become character-building experiences. I love Bonnie Leon's writing style. Great book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars More like 4.5 stars April 16, 2009
Format:Paperback
Issues in this book, while presented in a historical setting, are things that people deal with today and apply to contemporary families. Things such as infertility, guilt, misplaced anger, jealousy, fear, and issues related to trust. The author applies just enough pressure and angst into the lives of her characters to keep you reading until you close the book. Her emotional scenes are moving and her conflict is realistic. I loved the marital tension, especially the romantic parts in the beginning. John is a dreamy husband, yet he is all man. I did get mad at him a few times, but c'est la vie.

The setting was also well done. I sweated right along with the characters and itched when they were bit by those stinking bugs, too. Overall I adored this story, and in particular I enjoyed how the story ended. I almost felt like giving a standing ovation to those brave souls. That scene was soooo well done. Then I got a sneak peek at the content in the third book and the conflict presented and I was like....WHAT!!! Now I have to read it and find out how John deals with the mess he finds himself in. Just when you think all is well down under...sigh. If only these characters didn't seem so real to me, then maybe it wouldn't BUG me so much that they find themselves in another seemingly impossible situation that only God can help them out of!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book 2 in the Sydney Cove series. It was ...
Book 2 in the Sydney Cove series. It was my error in not reading book one before this. Nevertheless, it probably didn't matter too much on missing book one. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Sarah A,
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved reading this book
I loved reading this book.It really keeps you sitting on the edge of your chair wondering what was going to happen next and I had a hard time putting it down. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Rickie D. Lackey
5.0 out of 5 stars great story of God's grace and love
Great story of God's grace and love. This book reminds us that we need to trust God in all things. A very good read.
Published 4 months ago by Pat Stricklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent ending with powerful words.
This novel is well written and should be enjoyed. It is a combination of the sins we carry and how we should not. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Watch Lady
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Story is slow due to long spiritual interludes.
Published 5 months ago by D. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed this, of course
really enjoyed this, of course, I first bought book 3 and didn't know it was a series until the end so naturally had to read the first two. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carey Petty
5.0 out of 5 stars Australian, part 2
In this sequal, the author follows the same characters as they begin to thrive in their new home, New South Wales,. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joy Birky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyable to read
Published 7 months ago by Jill
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The continuing story of those who came to Sydney as convicts. It's a realistic story about family problems and the trust they develop through their trials.
Published 7 months ago by Sue Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars A really great book.
Couldn't put it down. A really great book.
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More About the Author

Storytelling has always been an integral part of Bonnie Leon's life. From childhood, she cherished the legends and family history handed down through her Aleut ancestors.

Throughout the ensuing years, Bonnie dabbled at writing but didn't seriously consider becoming a professional author. Instead, as a young woman, she happily stepped into the full-time profession of homemaker and mother. Pollywog hunting, finger-painting, blackberry picking, and creating fun messes in the kitchen with her children are some of her most precious and irreplaceable memories.

When her youngest child was nine years old, Bonnie decided it was time to return to the working world. She took a position in her hometown, working with the elderly and handicapped.

Then on June 11, 1991, her world was shattered when a log truck hit the van she was driving. The accident left her unable to work, and after months of rehabilitation she was told by physicians that she would never return to a normal life. Facing a daunting fight to reclaim her life and feeling as if she had nothing to offer the world, she asked God to give her something to do that mattered.

His answer came when she received a scholarship to attend the Oregon Christian Writer's Summer Conference. That conference ignited Bonnie's passion for literature and for writing, and she has been writing ever since.

Her first book, The Journey of Eleven Moons was released by Thomas Nelson in 1994 and made the CBA bestsellers list.

Since that time, she has written and published nineteen historical novels. Two of her series, The Sydney Cove Series, and The Queensland Chronicles, published by Revell, were published in Dutch-language editions by Ultgeverij De Banier bv, an organization based in The Netherlands. Her books are truly being read across the globe!

And with each book she writes, her love for the craft and the challenges of writing grows. "The learning never ends," she says, "But I relish the challenge of becoming a writer known for quality storytelling."

In addition to her work as a writer, Bonnie has a passion for teaching of all kinds, especially on the art and intricacies of storytelling. She teaches at conferences and workshops and says, "There's nothing more thrilling than to see a student's eyes light up with understanding as she grasps the concepts of the writing craft and begins to believe she can tell stories someone else will want to read."

Bonnie is also a regular speaker at women's church groups, writing groups, and business organizations. For more information on Bonnie's speaking topics and schedule, please click here.

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