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'"Far Horizons" by Kate Hewitt is a romantic historic fictional book based on some true events and ancestors of the author. The author cleverly embellishes upon the stories to create a book that will keep you on edge from the beginning to the end. Can true love wait for two years and with an ocean between them? Kate Hewitt uses a great writing style to keep multiple plot lines moving forward, but yet keeps you in suspense the whole book.' --The Kindle Book Review
'Highly recommended for readers of historical fiction and family sagas and anyone with an interest in Scottish and north American history. --Romancing The Book
Ms. Hewitt has set the stage for an intriguing trilogy spanning several continents and intertwined the lives of many well-developed characters.' --Amazon Customer, verified purchase
'A wonderful read. It was hard not to read it in one sitting. I am looking forward to reading other books by Kate Hewitt.' --Amazon Customer, verified purchase
'New author for me and so glad I discovered her! Just finished this book and loved it. Easy to read; I like her writing style. I love the history of Scotland and this was right up my alley.' --Amazon Customer, verified purchase
From the Author
I hope you enjoy this story that is inspired by the letters between my own ancestors that have been passed down through the generations. Having heard about Allan and Harriet from my mother since I was a little girl, I am grateful for the opportunity to bring them to life on the page. You can learn more about the Emigrants Trilogy as well as my other books at my website, kate-hewitt.com. Thanks for reading! -Kate
Though it is more a Romance than a History, this is a book that would definitely have potential in print and could compete with most of the historical novels I've reads in terms of the quality of the writing. The author is working from actual letters handed down in her family and does a good job of keeping language and facts in period and setting.
Unlike many ebooks, this novel is very well proofread. The writing is also of very high quality and believable. I'm a reader who loses interest in clumsy writing, but this book presented no such problems.
It was a pretty good book once I got into it. When I said there was some violence, I didn't mean physical so much as mental. There are men trying to manipulate others, especially Harriet and Allan. There is always natures violence when you go to a country that is untamed. That was the violence I referred to.There was not physical violence.
Frankly, I was surprised at the ending. I didn't think it would ever happen.
It was a great plot and well written for the most part. I think there were one or two errors. There is a place where it should say Archie but it says Allan. there was one place that I thought repeated part of a sentence. To be honest, I read a great deal of books.That repeated words could have been in the one I started afterwards or it could have been the fault of my reader.
The writer is a very good writer. She tells things in a way that make you feel as though you are seeing it all though Harriet's eyes. It was also very good to read a novel with people who loved one another without having blatant sex boring me for page after page.
I don't think I have ever read about Prince Edward Island before. It was nice to learn about something new to me. I know a great deal about that time, however from the other side of the border.
This is a very interesting & enjoyable well written story that begins in 1819. The scottish living on land owned by a Lord, and coming to the new world to own and take care of their own lands. This is about Harriett who has been the woman of the house since her mother died and will do anything to take care of them. At the same time, she is in love with Alan & he with her but he is leaving with his family to the New World. This story includes adventures for both and members of their families. Mainly about Harriett & Allan but also about family members and life in Scotland as well as in the New World.
We are supposed to be enthralled with a pair of spineless individuals who choose to be victims of their fathers' agendas. So much time whining and thinking or talking about their problems, with little effort made to change them. Just when one character's story starts to build up steam, the focus is shifted back into the slow lane of another character's story. I made it through just over half of the book before I gave up.
I prefer historical novels to romances, and this was below par on both.
A formula: part family history with some fictional events added, equal a first class read for fans of historical fiction. Scottish immigrants to Nova Scotia and beyond into the Canadian wilderness provide a good background for a family history that promises to continue as a trilogy, this being book one. Devotion to family and desire for adventure seem to clash as all sorts of things go wrong, but despite some losses, the family survives. Peopled with characters from stubborn farmers to adventurous sea captains and star-crossed lovers, the colorful narrative should please any reader.
I love books that span generations and countries. I especially love the fact that I could give this book to any of my young nieces, and they would not be morally corrupted. This book embraces good family values, and that is hard to find these days.
This is a story about Scotland during the clearings in the early 1800's and their emigration to Canada. It accurately depicts conditions in upper Canada during that time period. Communication was by handwritten letters, and many were delivered late or not at all. That said, the families lived in a small town where everyone knew everyone else's business, but some key plot developments were kept secret for months (where were the letters that were sent from Canada?). The characters were stubborn and patriarchal; there were elements of the prodigal son parable, and of star-crossed lovers like Romeo and Juliette. I did care what happened to them, and there were a few surprises in the plot. This is a good read.
Wowzers! This is a pro-bass fisherman type book, in that it hooked me good, and then reeled me through some heartbreaking, stormy waters. The plot gutted me and left me bleeding at times, yet I would recommend that everyone bite onto this story and go through the same heart-wrenching process. It's a pleasure to be gutted like this. Seriously! The characters in this story are now my best friends (even though they were some of the gutting party).
This story is set in Prince Edward Island in Nova Scotia (New Scotland) and Scotland (the old). The historical details of life in Scotland and starting out in the new world (Nova Scotia) were very interesting to me. Harriet, Allen, Margaret, Ian, and other characters will imbed themselves into your soul and you will HAVE to read the entire story to figure out what happens to them. Yes...your free-agency will be taken away from you for a while. The laundry might stack up...your kids might have to microwave frozen burritos for dinner because you can't get unhooked from this book...but I've survived to the end to tell you that the laundry will still be there for you when you're done, and that burritos for the kids for a few days will make them more appreciative of your meal-making efforts from here on out. So you have no excuse! Bite this story's hook and just go with it. It's a story you won't regret reading.