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Suzannah's Gold Suzannah Casey Was Just Twelve Years Old When She Was Transported To The Australian Colony From Ireland When Given The Opportunity To Begin A New Life On The Goulburn Plains With Ex Convict George Oakes, She Could Never Have Imagined The Trauma And Loss That Was Ahead Of Her As She Faces The Harsh Australian Land And The Weaknesses Of People Around Her, Suzannah Must Find Within Herself The Strength And Faith To Not Only Survive But Also Rise Above Cruelty, Disappointment,abandonment, Illness, Religious Bigotry And Finally Her Own Yearnings In Order To Discover What Is Precious Than Gold Suzannah Casey And Other Central Characters In This Story Were Real People Many Of The Details Of Their Lives And The Experiences They Lived Through Have Been Taken From Historical Records


10 thoughts on “Suzannah's Gold

  1. says:

    Four and a half stars Transported from Ireland to Australia, Suzannah undergoes a lot of hardship in her life Suzanna encounter s Caroline Chisholm and it is lovely to see the influence this woman had on young lives in the colony There are the struggles of life in a new colony, the racism that exists between the early convicts and settlers and the Chinese, as well as the Aboriginal people It also shows a lot of the religious prejudices that abounded between Catholic and Protestant What a sh Four and a half stars Transported from Ireland to Australia, Suzannah undergoes a lot of hardship in her life Suzanna encounter s Caroline Chisholm and it is lovely to see the influence this woman had on young lives in the colony There are the struggles of life in a new colony, the racism that exists between the early convicts and settlers and the Chinese, as well as the Aboriginal people It also shows a lot of the religious prejudices that abounded between Catholic and Protestant What a shame people had not been able to leave the attitudes behind when they came to the new land But then we are not really so different today.This book gives an interesting look at Australia in the 1800s and the early colonisation of New South Wales Based on some of her ancestors stories, this novel has the ring of authenticity Suzanne is an extremely likable and resilient character with a faith that underpins her actions By contrast George, the man she marries, is weak and allows circumstances to overwhelm him much of the time There is a love story or two involved but it may not quite turn out as readers expect and yet the end result is so fitting given the character of Suzannah I thoroughly enjoyed this novel which involved me in a gamut of emotions from laughter, tears, frustration and anger at times I will certainly be reading Rebecca s Dream by the same author in the near future


  2. says:

    Suzannah s Gold is an Australian historical fiction novel set in the mid 1800s The story follows the life of a young girl transported unfairly from Ireland to Australia when she was only thirteen years old She experiences new hopes and tragedy, horror and joy.The book is based on some real historical situations Some of the characters are real people Carol Preston has obviously done a lot of research and it shows The story highlights the struggles that the early settlers in our country faced Suzannah s Gold is an Australian historical fiction novel set in the mid 1800s The story follows the life of a young girl transported unfairly from Ireland to Australia when she was only thirteen years old She experiences new hopes and tragedy, horror and joy.The book is based on some real historical situations Some of the characters are real people Carol Preston has obviously done a lot of research and it shows The story highlights the struggles that the early settlers in our country faced, making a life for themselves in an environment that was often hostile and unforgiving I gained a new found respect for our pioneers from reading it.Suzannah s spiritual journey throughout her life was interesting to read It was fascinating to see the denominational conflicts that arise in those early days of colonisation There might have beengrace demonstrated if other people had been as level headed as Suzannah s character.Anyone who is interested in Australian history will find a great tale with a a little of everything , from romance to rampaging bush rangers


  3. says:

    Thanks to the publisher for my review copy I had read Mary s two latest books and really enjoyed them, so was looking forward to reading this book It didn t let me down Suzannah has come to Australia as a convict and has an encounter with Caroline Chisholm which sees her in a better place than she may have been She then ends up in Goulburn Plains where she meets George We see the struggles of the early settlers in Australia and the hardships they faced from droughts to floods to bushfires Thanks to the publisher for my review copy I had read Mary s two latest books and really enjoyed them, so was looking forward to reading this book It didn t let me down Suzannah has come to Australia as a convict and has an encounter with Caroline Chisholm which sees her in a better place than she may have been She then ends up in Goulburn Plains where she meets George We see the struggles of the early settlers in Australia and the hardships they faced from droughts to floods to bushfires We also see the struggles of bringing up a family in the new land There are also other issues dealing with race and religion which I found interesting I love a book that also deals with facts and mentions real people such as Caroline Chisholm, it gives an insight of how the early Australians forged this great country.I really enjoyed this book and if you want to learnabout Australia in the 1800 s this is a book that will give you an insight into the era


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    Two reviews from our CALEB reviewers 1 New South Wales was only 50 years old when twelve year old Suzannah Casey was transported from her home in Ireland to the new colony Suzannah s Gold follows her life in this always rough, tough, harsh and often dangerous outpost from the early days of Caroline Chisholm and her wonderful legacy to Suzannah s death many years later.Suzannah had strength of character and a simple faith in God that was extraordinary She needed it to stand her in good stead a Two reviews from our CALEB reviewers 1 New South Wales was only 50 years old when twelve year old Suzannah Casey was transported from her home in Ireland to the new colony Suzannah s Gold follows her life in this always rough, tough, harsh and often dangerous outpost from the early days of Caroline Chisholm and her wonderful legacy to Suzannah s death many years later.Suzannah had strength of character and a simple faith in God that was extraordinary She needed it to stand her in good stead and help her overcome abuse, neglect and abandonment when all else failed Suzannah s Gold is a factional novel that would have appeal to all with convict ancestry and for those who are interested in the early years of Australia DS 2 This book continues the story based on various members of Carol Preston s family in the early days of Australia s white history The time is 1838 and Suzannah, newly arrived from Ireland on a convict boat is shunted off to the workhouse until she is selected by Caroline Chisholm to be part of her scheme for providing good safe work for girls in the colony Susannah is assigned as a housemaid to George Oakes, a freed convict She makes a great difference to his life After a horrible encounter when she is raped by a passing escaped prisoner, George takes her to his friend William and Geraldine in Yass She finds she is pregnant, so they get married and work helping William and Geraldine in their store The child of the rape is Caroline and she is damaged, it sounds like Down Syndrome She is a sweet little shadow through the story.George is an enigmatic character and goes through episodes of depression and lack of confidence that leaves Suzannah to be the strength of the family They move and take up cattle farming and make friends with other in the same situation Later Suzannah s sister comes from Ireland to join the family and George s brother arrives too Suzannah s life becomes complicated by their attraction to each other but she is determined to honour her marriages vows no matter how difficult it becomes It s a hard life with bush fires, drought and floods The distances and isolation make childbirth and illness hazardous The story continues through many trials and difficulties difficult childbirths, George s absence both mental and physical and the usual family problems I thought the narrative rather drawn out with many situations being the same over again, and this, l think, lessened the impact of the story But I still found it an enjoyable read Carol paints an engaging picture of life in the early days of Australia LS


  5. says:

    I do love a book that reminds me how easy we have it today This novel is set in the early years of Australia Where religious differences from Ireland and England seem insignificant in relation to the daily challenges the characters face trying to create a home for themselves I did find this story a little drawn out and quite sad But as with all of Carol s books that I ve read, it had me turning the pages until the end Great Aussie writing the whole world would enjoy.


  6. says:

    I loved this book, it was the first book I read of Carol s I was moved to tears at times and became totally immersed in Suzannah s life I recommend this book to all my friends and family and everyone who loves a great read.


  7. says:

    A stirring historical saga, highlighting the tribulations and tenacity of early Australian pioneer settlers Suzannah arrives in the convict settlement of New South Wales after being nabbed by the constabulary on the streets of an Irish town for being out after curfew She is fortunate enough, a few months after landing, to be offered a place with Caroline Chisholm Despite heartbreak and a troubled marriage, she remains loyal to her husband The conflict she feels as she falls in love with her A stirring historical saga, highlighting the tribulations and tenacity of early Australian pioneer settlers Suzannah arrives in the convict settlement of New South Wales after being nabbed by the constabulary on the streets of an Irish town for being out after curfew She is fortunate enough, a few months after landing, to be offered a place with Caroline Chisholm Despite heartbreak and a troubled marriage, she remains loyal to her husband The conflict she feels as she falls in love with her brother in law and he with her brings a poignant element to the story They are obvious soul mates and her choice was never going to be an easy one.A finely wrought story, evoking both the conflict of the times and the deeps of the human heart


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    A reasonable read, but it did remind me of books presented as prizes at the end of scripture studies There was too much mention of religion and the biblical quotes were excessive I initially accepted it as representing the mindset of the era, but as the religious references continued and werenumerous than some books I have read that were written in the era I became suspicious the religious references had nothing to do with the era I checked, and this is from the author Carol Preston s w A reasonable read, but it did remind me of books presented as prizes at the end of scripture studies There was too much mention of religion and the biblical quotes were excessive I initially accepted it as representing the mindset of the era, but as the religious references continued and werenumerous than some books I have read that were written in the era I became suspicious the religious references had nothing to do with the era I checked, and this is from the author Carol Preston s web site For the next 10 years I worked with the Australian College of Ministries, teaching counselling skills and personal and spiritual formation, while also working with my local church, leading recovery groups, speaking and being involved in pastoral care So, I expect the religious references will continue in the later books.I liked to read about life in the early days of settlement in an area not far from Canberra Some comments though Beans from the vegetable garden were served in September Impressive I have never been able to serve beans in September, as unlike the beans in the book mine won t grow in frost Likewise, where would Constance find tomatoes in July to serve The letter from Suzannah s mother was far too well written The letters I have read from the era had very liberal interpretations of spelling, punctuation and grammar Suzannah s mother s letter was perfect, and she was far from an educated woman.Suzannah took years to read one book, The Pilgrim s Progress.The statement that thousands means lots and lots, might explain why some people s minds struggle with the concept of maths.Suzannah visited a community of Chinese and there were children, indicating there were Chinese women unless the Chinese men had married European women and this was never indicated It is my understanding that virtually no Chinese women were able to leave China in that era because they were not allowed to travel, so how were there Chinese families The book was enjoyable, but some of it read a bit like history gleamed from books I myself have read history that sounded very much like the way it was included in the book when researching my family s history But the book kept me turning the pages


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