One of my favorite (keeper) series. It's about a group of convicts who are shipped to Australia as punishment for their 'crimes', to start one of the first penal colonies, and how they cope. If you love historical fiction, I would highly recommend this series.
Although it has been some time since I read this series, I remember I couldn't put it down. It keeps you going. My mother even got hooked - she has collected every book by V. C. Andrews, and is waiting for more!
I really enjoyed this book - to the extent that I hope there is a sequel planned. My maternal grandmother's maiden name was Morgan, from Wales, so besides my interest in the story, it got me wondering...how do you do a family tree?
In 1928, the novel "The Well of Loneliness" was banned as "obscene", and the British courts ordered all copies destroyed. The book, which traces the life and loves of a lesbian writer, has been a best seller ever since. On the face of it, the author, a woman named Radclyffe Hall and known to her friends as John, was a most improbable target for judicial prosecution. Wealthy, middle-aged, a devout Catholic, a loyal Conservative and a passionate animal lover, she was a staunch upholder of the patriarchal values of hearth and home. What few people knew was the the dedicion, "To Our Three Selves", in "Adam's Breed" and in all of Radclyfee Hall['s subsequent works, referred to the late Mrs. Mabel Batten, John's first great love; to Lady Una Troubridge, the admiral's wife who was John's lover and companion for almost three decades; and to Radclyffe Hall herself. Radclyffe Hall saw herself as a man trapped in a woman's body, and dressed in a flamboyantly masculine stype all her own. Devoted to the memory of a father whom she hardly knew, and bullied by an insensitive mother, she grew up lonely and insecure. Though she found happiness, first with Mrs. Batten and then with Lady Una, the unresolved conflicts in her character drove her to acts of infidelity against both, causing pain and anguish on all sides.
Story of the clash between slavery in which the clan of the story treats his slaves much better than other plantation owners, and the anti-slavery beliefs of the (future) husband of the daughter of the clan. He also happens to be an abolitionist working with the Underground Railroad, tho she doesn't know of this til later.
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