[Behind the Sun Convict Girls #1] New Ô Deborah Challinor

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  • Deborah Challinor
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  • 10 January 2019
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Read & download ✓ Behind the Sun Convict Girls #1 ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Seamstress Harriet Clarke On the voyage to New South Wales their friendship becomes an unbreakable bond but there are others on board who will change their lives forever Friday makes an implacable enemy of Bella Jackson a vicious woman whose power seems undiminished by her arrest and transportation while Harriet is taken under the wing of an ideal. 5 stars simply for the fact that I could not put this down While I found some of it rather difficult to read it was with the understanding that the early part of the 1800s in England and Sydney was a difficult time without many of the benefits that we have now The story built up nicely to something that approximated a climax which left me a little shocked There was not much of a resolution and then the author was a little mean leaving the book to finish on a cliffhanger I uite enjoyed the descriptions of early Sydney and I think I will have to read the next in the series

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Read & download ✓ Behind the Sun Convict Girls #1 ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Istic doctor James Downey Rachel catches the eye of a sinister passenger with than honour on his mind When they finally arrive on the other side of the world they are confined to the grim and overcrowded Parramatta Female Factory But worse is to come as the threat of separation looms In the land behind the sun the only thing they have is each othe. Deborah Challinor and I shared a stage at the Historical Novel Society Australasian conference in Melbourne a few years ago and so I was keen to read some of her work She s a New Zealand author and historian who has written over a dozen books uite a few of them set in Australia Behind the Sun is the first in a uartet following the adventures of four young women in the 1820s who are all convicted of various crimes and transported halfway around the world to the convict settlement of SydneyThere is Friday Woolfe a cheeky and irreverent prostitute Sarah Morgan a cool and intelligent thief Rachel Winter young and beautiful and far too na ve and Harriet Clarke a seamstress who stole some cloth in the hopes of saving her family from starvation Moving from the filth of Newgate Prison to the hardships of the notorious convict ships and arriving at last in Sydney the four women find their friendship and courage tested to the limits Written with verve and zest Behind the Sun has bright moments of humour and warmth and some very dark moments of cruelty and loss The story races along at a cracking pace but not once is historical veracity or vibrancy sacrificed for narrative momentum A really great holiday read with some truly unforgettable characters

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Read & download ✓ Behind the Sun Convict Girls #1 ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Four women on a perilous journey to a new world can rely only on their wits to survive and each other Irreverent and streetwise prostitute Friday Woolfe is in London's notorious Newgate gaol awaiting transportation there she meets three other girls intelligent and opportunistic thief Sarah Morgan naive young Rachel Winter and reliable and capable. 5 What a happy well written discovery this was I loved itDeborah Challinor has created four real women very different from each other who become as bound together as family while imprisoned in Newgate and then transported to Sydney Not once did I notice a word or description that seemed out of time or place as so often happens with poor historical fiction It all rang true and there s even a fairly extensive discussion of the real history of the times following the end of the storyIt s tender dark uplifting infuriating mysterious and ultimately satisfying Conditions in Newgate Prison are described to the point that you gag at the stench in the cramped uarters and the putrid water closets made worse by the diet of fart inducing gruel It opens November 1828 LondonFriday Woolfe blew warm air onto freezing hands in fingerless gloves Fog hung heavy over the street deadening shouts and laughter from the nearby taverns and making a small yellow moon of the solitary gas light on the corner It felt like it might soon snow Feels like that cold s creeping straight up my fanny Bets she grumbled to her friendBetsy Horrocks her hands jammed into her armpits stepped back and inclined her head It is Your skirts are all caught up at the back They giggled madly as Friday reached around and rearranged her clothing that s teach her to suat in alleyways She adjusted the angle of her straw hat with its silk rose though she d left her hair unbound as its bright copper colour never failed to attract the cullies The reality of leaving families and everything they ve ever known hits suddenly as they wait on board the ship waiting to sail They sleep crammed together in small bunks and survive the doldrums and some horrific weather before finally arriving at Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta Female Factory and prisonThe story moves along at a good pace with alternating points of view telling all of their stories They are very distinct girls so it is always pretty easy to know who s speaking There s the red haired 18yo whore the raven haired scarred and slightly scary pick pocket and jewel expert a gentler seamstress lass with nut brown hair and a very fair almost white haired ethereal child woman Circumstances alone have created these unlikely unbreakable friendshipsThere are some evil characters and rough and ready folk waiting to take advantage of everyone especially young women They were rough times and the author makes sure we experience the bitterness of the English winter and the breathless heat of a Sydney summerThis book leaves the friends and their enemies in their various situations in Sydney but with the promise of to come I m looking forward to the next two in the series