To Love Anew (Sydney Cove Series #1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 297 pages|
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
The basic premise is this: After her mother dies, Hannah is left to fend for herself... alone. She is hire as a housekeeper where she is raped by the master of the house (the judge). She flees and later gives in to hunger and steals. She is caught and who presides over her trial? Her angry ex-boss. She is sentenced to work in Australia. Meanwhile, John kills a man in self defense WHILE defending his cousin (who steals his money and flees with Johns wife while John in prison). He is also sentenced to Australia.
Alright, so... I don't know how it happened but John fell in love with Hannah at first sight while aboard the prison ship. While in Australia, John falls deeper in love and Hannah also gains feelings for John.
The biggest flaw with this book is that I DON'T KNOW HOW ANY OF THIS HAPPENED!!! When did this love-falling happen? They never spent any TIME together in the book!!
I really liked Hannah. Her character was developed very nicely and you knew her feelings (excepting how she managed to fall in love with a man I thought she had contact with a mere handful of times!). You knew why she felt her guilt and why she couldn't overcome it.
John seemed likeable enough. It's just... well, I really didn't gain any insight into his character. I felt bad for him. I understood his rage. I didn't understand how he fell in love... and I don't know his feelings.
So, to sum up: I loved the plot. I loved the history. I liked Hannah and the secondary characters.Read more ›
The changes in the status of the characters is too abrupt. From bad to worse, to terrible, then, before you can soak in what has happened, their sudden relief and "salvation."
This book is just ok, very simplistic, immature writing, even though correct period words are used. It's a quick read, a couple of hours at most, but I can't really recommend it. Very cliche, you know what is going to happen before you get there. Cookie cutter writing, same old thing.
The depressing bits of this book are well written, but very dark and grim. It's not a book to read if you want to lift your mood.
I thought this was Bonnie Leon's best book to date. The characters were dimensional, the writing in depth, and the historical information very well researched. This book reminded me of Patricia Hickman's Land of the Far Horizon series also set in the early stages of Australia's history. I really like reading historical novels set during this time period. I really felt bad for Hannah. It seemed at first that everything that could possibly go wrong happened to her. I don't blame her for not trusting God in the beginning. If I had suffered like she did, I probably would think the same. It chilled me to read about how they disposed of the baby and the prison conditions were equally appalling. I felt for the women who had no choice when the sailors would approach them. I didn't really feel that we go to know as much about John as we did Hannah. However I sympathized with his character too. You go to jail for self defense, your wife runs off with your cousin, he steals all your money, and then you get shipped to the other side of the world for your punishment. I tell you, Britain treated their prisoners real harsh! I really liked the Athertons. They were good people, who had no ulterior motives, and truly wanted to help out the convicts.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No justice in this time period of history with this awesome storyline by Bonnie Leon. First time reading this author's book and I couldn't stop reading and thinking about this... Read morePublished 13 days ago by G Fontaine
The story was interesting. I wanted to find out what happened to the characters. However the romance was lacking. I didn't even care if they got together. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great read and is an excellent product,I would buy it again if I needed another one and the transaction was awesome to...Published 26 days ago by gina pflueger
He'll take way too literally and destroy you in the process.
Book wasn't badly written, but it was awful emotional wise. Read more
Very good story for everyone if you like adventure books. Will want to read more from this author in the future.Published 3 months ago by Diana Hartog
This was the second book I"d read by Bonnie Leon. The first one was based in Alaska. I like historical fiction. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
No matter what the circumstances are when two people are meant to be together it seems as if nothing can keep them apart. That is the way it was with Hannah and John. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Diana
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