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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481115316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481115315
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,670,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dell Brand grew up in Sydney, attending Sydney University and the University of Wollongong. She taught in state high schools during her working life and has been recognised with the Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Outstanding Achievement in Education Award. Dell has written four children’s books in the History’s a Mystery series, teaching 9-12 year olds world history while giving them exciting adventures to read. A Voice to be Heard is her first adult novel. Dell loves the outdoors, especially the wilderness. In her younger years, she was a keen swimmer and squash player. She now enjoys all outdoor pursuits and tries to play golf regularly. She has a wonderful family, being happily married with two grown-up children and five beautiful grandchildren. She lives on the south coast of New South Wales.

Customer Reviews

This book is an exciting read.
Dell Brand
This story spans about 40 years, I personally thought it was just too much detail to fit together and expect the reader to sit through.
RebeccasReads.com
A most enjoyable read and I particularly liked the historical details interwoven with the story.
Jenny

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Format: Paperback
Reviewed by Cianna Reider for Rebecca’s Reads (1/14)

This was one of those books where the concept was just a little too big to be fit into one book. The author has a great skill for writing, which is the only reason the score stays at a three star, but the details, thoughts and other points the author attempts to weave in to this story. We follow not one, but three different female characters in this book, among the huge group of supporting characters.

We first deal with Florence, who has been seduced by the wealthy son of her boss. I know, we first deal with the historical aspects of this situation, but I was amazed at just how naive the girl was for being educated. He was clearly playing her, and she continued to let him, with no promises, no engagement, nothing. I know that without her mistake we wouldn’t have a story, but I just wasn’t convinced she would do that. This story spans about 40 years, I personally thought it was just too much detail to fit together and expect the reader to sit through. I was pulled out of the story countless times, trying to weigh the historical details, with the thoughts of the characters, and then the story arch. I really think the choice to include thoughts in this novel is a tough one, because it’s a hit or miss technique. In this cause, they were just too simplistic at times, characters stating obviously feelings, and thoughts without helping move the story along, and it really pulled me out of the story, and made me struggle to relate to the characters. Overall, I really thought that this novel should be broken into two stories at least, if not three, focusing on the mom, then each of the daughter’s stories. I appreciate that this story was well written, but I just think the idea got too broad for the book it contained.
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Reviewed by Sheri Bebee for Reader Views (05/14)

I really enjoyed this book. I was a little skeptical when I opened it up to find the first four pages to be a list of the cast of characters but found I was easily able to follow along without losing track of who-was-who. The story started out quite fast – by page 30 or so the twins were already 18 years old and that’s when the characters started to gain some depth and personalities. Actually, the whole booked moved at a rather quick pace, which was surprising as it is over 400 pages long.

The author has a very easy-to-read descriptive writing style. Her portrayals of events and places were full of vivid and sometimes scandalous details, and her characters were realistic and likeable. I was able to feel the experiences of the twins as they went through the trials and tribulations of their lives. Maddy and Joey were well read and educated by their mother and grandfather, and they rarely agreed with the dictates of society. Joey pushed the limits of society quite often, with Maddy happy to follow in her shadows. I delighted in reading about the roles of men and women in the Victorian Age and often laughed out loud, though I know it probably wasn’t very easy for the women living in that era.

“A Voice to be Heard” by Dell Brand will appeal to fans of historical fiction during the Victorian Age and to anyone that likes entertaining story telling with strong female leads. Great book!
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By Dell Brand on February 6, 2014
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A Voice to be Heard is a story about determined women who live during the Victorian age, outside mainstream society. Dell Brand's heroines are extraordinary, and always manage, against all odds, to retain their dignity and to follow their dreams. The novel gives the reader a picture of English and Australian society during the 19th century. This is surely a time when women were not expected to assert themselves. It is also a period in Australia when there were many exciting possibilities for pioneering endeavours. It is interesting to note that what is now the modern city of Melbourne was once a struggling town, where floods and constant mudslides were normal occurrences. The author's excellent descriptive style lets the reader experience their tragedies and successes as these two women fulfil their dreams and, at the same time, make a mark on Australia's colonial society. This book is an exciting read.
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By chiller on March 30, 2014
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I did not enjoy this book at all. A mixture of too many facts and characters. Was this a history lesson or a fictional read? I was not impressed at all. If anything else could have happened to the sisters it would have been a miracle.
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