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To Love Anew (Sydney Cove Series #1) by [Leon, Bonnie]
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From the Back Cover

A heart-gripping journey toward forgiveness and love Hannah Talbot has no one. Forced to leave the only home she's ever known, she works for a cruel employer who brutally takes the one thing she has left--her dignity. When she is banished to an Australian prison, she is certain God has turned his back on her. How could he--or anyone else--ever love her again? John Bradshaw is a successful businessman, but his untamed spirit wants more. Little does he know what he will have to endure to find the adventure he seeks. Betrayed by those closest to him, he loses everything, even his freedom. There is no returning now. His life is not his own. Now aboard a ghastly prison ship, John and Hannah are about to cross paths. What will happen when two hearts filled with pain discover how to love anew? This first book in the Sydney Cove series will capture your heart. "Hannah's predicament hooked me on the first page and kept me turning pages through the entire book. This may be Bonnie's best book yet."--Jeannie St. John Taylor, author, illustrator, speaker "Bonnie Leon has masterfully written another moving story full of page-turning excitement. I love her ability to write life onto a page in a way we all can relate to."--Maxine Marsolini, author of Raising Children in Blended Families and Blended Families "Bonnie's fans will love cheering for her characters. No protagonists more deserve a happy ending."--Bette Nordberg, author of A Season of Grace

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: 1753 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (August 1, 2007)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2007
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001GQ2BC2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,123,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Let me preface this by saying that, despite the 3 stars, this was a very good book and, while I wouldn't rave about it, I would tell my friends it was worth reading. It seemed well researched and I learned alot while reading it. I loved the plot.

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.
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By Mandy on January 14, 2008
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I had never read anything by Bonnie Leon before. But the book looked like it had a great plotline so I decided to read it. I loved Hannah!! She was a great main character and I felt you did get to know her throughout the book. To be honest though, I don't know if I liked John. He was not talked about nearly enough, and I don't exactly get how the two of them fell in love. He saved her life, and then they had a few meaningless conversations. Then all of a sudden they both are thinking about their love for each other. All around, the plot was excellent. But if you are going to add romance into a book, it has to be talked about and expanded on much more!!
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To Love Anew is a heartwarming story of a life renewed from ashes. Hannah's circumstances spiral downward after her mother's death. When she's sent on a prison ship to Australia, she faces dreadful conditions. As a reader, I loved how Bonnie Leon showed so many details of life aboard convict ships, and what faced the survivors when they reached Australia. The book is filled with memorable characters and situations. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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I like nice quick reads, Christian "Love Story" books. But they need to be believable. This book takes the characters from bad to worse with just a few paragraphs. Without giving any of the plot away, I'll just say that the female lead of the book goes from a pretty normal life to a horrible life in just a few paragraphs.

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.
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By Josephine on September 19, 2015
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It started out depressing and just got worse. At 20% of the book I was asking myself why I was still reading it. I downloaded it with the understanding that it was Christian entertainment in nature. I expected something safe, or something uplifting, but while the innocent victims occasionally prayed and expressed faith, there was nothing beneficial to the reader in story. The starving girl didn't even think to seek help from a church. Instead, the reader is escorted through the morbid details of their suffering, creating stressful emotions and pictures of sin in action in the mind. But then, wanting to think the best, I thought that surely it must get better now, and so I read on. At 32% came the near promise of more sexual assaults in the story. I am the dumbest of readers to have even read to 33%, thinking that because the main characters were both on the boat that surely they would meet now, but, no. At 33% they haven't even met and are still at the beginning of a miserable trip. It's quite interesting that the author seems to do the very thing her heroine didn't like. As told in this book, "Children had gathered to watch a Punch and Judy show. Hannah stopped, thankful for the distraction. As the marionettes yelled at each other and chased one another about the small stage, the performance didn’t seem at all entertaining. Screaming her frustration, Judy whacked Punch over the head with her broom and the children laughed, but their antics only disturbed Hannah. She moved on, hoping to put the sounds of the play behind her." The first third of this book is way worse than Punch & Judy, and I too am moving on.
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