Charter to Redemption
About "Charter to Redemption"
At the close of 1821, the penal colony of Newcastle looks to be every bit as black as it's painted. Emma Colchester charters a ride to Australia with a promise of marriage to a man she has never met. But appearances aren't always as they seem. And with a commitment unavoidable Emma learns that shackles are not always forged from iron. Tobias Freeman longs for redemption and hope. After a rough journey to New South Wales, Tobias learns the rations, the regulations, and the reprisal. But neither Emma nor Tobias expect the repercussions.
Meet the Author
D J Blackmore
D.J. Blackmore grew up in the wine growing region of the Hunter Valley, New South Wales and is currently based in Central Queensland. She draws inpiration for her historical fiction novels from her love of age-old crafts such as spinning and cheese making. She considers being the mother of five, her greatest achievement.
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If you want a light read and enjoy historical romance I'm sure you will not want to put this book down. Blackmore packs in the drama and action surrounding the unfortunate circumstances of Emma who was deceived into coming to Australia in the early days of the colony to marry in order to support her family in England. Her beau turns out to be a most unsuitable catch for a young sincere Christian woman who is very interested in doing her duty to God and family. We find ourselves most sympathetic to Emma and the man whom she really loves, Tobias, a young convict. Though the book is an easy read, it deals with important matters of the heart, well treated in the spiritual as well as romantic area. Issues of integrity, faithfulness, God's will, criminality, compassion and friendship are all dealt with seamlessly within the fast-moving plot that has many twists and turns to keep the reader interested. Let there be more of these novels with an Australian flavour, providing a window to our past unusual history in a gripping story.
Emma Colchester has travelled from England to the Australian colonies to marry Gideon Quinn, a man she knows only from letters and the faded miniature she wears around her neck. The daughter of a minister and good Christian lady, she plans to work with the convicts to help them find salvation. But things don't go as planned. She is shipwrecked, and saved by a handsome young convict to whom she feels an instant-and unwelcome-attraction. Then she finds Gideon is not the handsome young man in the picture-he's old enough to be her grandfather, something his letters did not disclose. It has been arranged that Emma will stay with her aunt and uncle (the colony doctor) until the wedding, and the doctor's house introduces her to the free citizens of the colony, and to the convicts in the hospital. Here she again meets the man who saved her, Tobias Freeman, and the two begin to form an impossible attachment. Charter to Redemption is set in the early days of the Australian convict colonies, The author has captured the harsh and hostile setting well, with an interesting cast of characters. It shows the deprivations suffered by the early settlers, convict and free, and hints at the strength of character it took to survive and thrive in the early years of Australia. Thanks to ARCBA and Even Before Publishing for providing a free book for review.
The best stories throw us a whole gamut of emotions, from laughter to tears, romance to rivalry, and D. J. Blackmore hooked me and reeled me in time and again with this book, Charter to Redemption. There was an element of suspense that put backbone into this read, and I was transported to another time. I could almost feel the sand beneath my feet and the wind at my back. This is a novel that will hold me captivated for some time to come, and D. J. Blackmore's is a name I will remember. Although this is the only one I've seen by this author so far, she has just become one of my all time favourites, and I can tell you, as far as historical dramas are concerned, I've certainly read my fair share. This book will not disappoint.