Thank you Carmel Audsley for taking me on this journey with your family. I've read all three novels now, Fairies, Farms, and Folks; Ours, Yours, and Mines; and this last in the series, Far Across the Sea. This was a more upbeat than the often sad Ours, Yours, and Mines, but when writing history you don't get to pick how the story goes. Often Fate takes one where they may not want to go, and Carmel Audsley does a wonderful job retelling the stories of the ups and downs of the McMurdo family over the course of a few hundred years. This installment takes you through both Word Wars and the circumstances and journey that takes the McMurdo surname from Scotland to Australia. It, as well as the other stories, takes you through the triumphs and tragedies as you follow the McMurdo family trying to make their way in the coal mines both in Scotland and later in Australia. I have to say I'm a bit sad that this story has to end, as it ends in present day. I feel like I've known the McMurdos my whole life now; I was happy at every birth and shed a tear at every death. I may have mentioned this in my very first review of Fairies, Farms, and Folk--If all history was retold the way the author does in her stories, everyone would absolutely love history. Thank you letting me in Carmel!
I loved every bit of this book. My own great grandfather, a coal miner, was born, married and raised his family in Connelpark, so it was really special for me to read about life "in the day"".. The timing would be about the same. So very special!!