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Bound to Sarah [Kindle Edition]

Craig Brennan

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The hand of fate, that had torn their lives apart, is now set to make their worlds collide once again.
BOUND TO SARAH will set you on a roller-coaster of emotions, graphic in description and action packed. This story is brutal and shockingly unpredictable.
In the year 1823, at the height of the British Empire and the colonization of Australia, Pat Roche sits on board a convict ship, sentenced for the term of his natural life to the New Colonies. All hope of ever seeing his wife and child again appeared to be lost. The ship is a fraught with tension under such a strict military guard; with one hundred and fifty criminals confined to a small space, it can only mean trouble. By the time the ship arrives at Van Dieman’s Land, there will be fighting, flogging, rape, murder and mutiny. Pat Roche will find himself involved in it all.
Sarah Roche has now been shunned by the local community and is struggling to fend for herself and her little boy. There is a terrible turn of events and she is soon to follow in her husband’s footsteps. So too will a desperate voyage begin for her on board the female convict ship, otherwise known as ‘Floating Brothels’. She arrives in Hobart a broken woman, only regaining her strength after a fleeting moment with her husband. Pat is being taken away to a place of unbearable torment; the notorious Sarah Island settlement, where escape is punishable by death.
Many colourful characters weave their way through the pages, creating a plot intertwined with deceit, retribution, murder, tragedy and enduring love, resulting in a heart wrenching climax.
For Pat Roche, when there is nothing more worth living for, a chance to escape and find his family is worth dying for.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2033 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Craig Brennan; 1 edition (July 10 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005C5Z7JW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #280,396 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars intriguing Sept. 19 2011
By Mark Liverpool UK - Published on
When I read this book I found it really interesting and it turned out to be a cracking read. There's alot going on in the story that sees a husband and wife being seperated and both convicted to Van Dieman's Land's (Tasmania) penal colony. Without giving too much away, it takes them seven years to come back together but the things that happen in between times keep you reading and at times I couldn't put it down. It's full of surprises, some quite shocking and some quite grusome but all in all a thoroughly enjoyable read and would recommend to anyone interested.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a good read Aug. 15 2011
By Kevin Connolly - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed Bound to Sarah a lot. The boat scenes are very descriptive and well researched. A very good insight into convict life. The book keeps moving along and though a few too many amazing coincidences at the end still a thoroughly good read.
I am looking forward to Mr. Brennan's next work.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bound to Sarah Jan. 15 2012
By Tce McCann - Published on
I decided to leisurely read this book over the Christmas period, but found that after reading the first chapter, I read it anything but a leisurely pace. Beginning in Liverpool at the turn of the 19th century the book recounts the story of two young lovers separated through desperately unfortunate circumstances and their emotional search for each other over a number of years and many thousands of miles. Bound To Sarah had me desperate to find out what would happen next, and though at times I was shocked by the brutal descriptions of the protagonists' experiences, the author's prose was delicate enough to overcome this.
Craig Brennan's achievement is that the history becomes but a background to a multitude of vivid characters , whose experiences he weaves expertly into a mesmerising whole novel. Bound to Sarah is a story about heart-wrenching suffering and extraordinary evil from those in authority, transformed by the author's talents into making it an enjoyable, albeit very emotional, and accessible first novel.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Novel Society Online Review Feb. 5 2012
By Helen Hollick - Published on
Bound to Sarah is a large, professionally produced book, although with a few typos and grammatical errors, it would have benefited from an editor's touch. Patrick Roche grew up in the slums of 19th-century Liverpool, surviving life on his charm and wits and determined to improve his lot, despite his drunken father and the harsh realities of existence. But he is dealt a cruel blow when he is wrongly convicted of a crime and transported to a Tasmanian penal colony. Roche has given up hope of seeing his wife and child again, but events mean that his family are also to suffer, and the cruel fate that had torn them apart intervenes yet again.
I was disappointed to find myself at page 43 and not devouring the story. The main character wasn't as interesting as some of the other prisoners--the reason, after thinking about it, was that the story starts by dropping the reader in the middle of a dockyard full of action and confusion, and begins with a ship full of men destined for deportation. If the story had started earlier in Roche's life, in my personal opinion, it might have made all the difference.
The story muddled along in places and the dialogue was sometimes slightly clumsy. However, I'm glad I persevered, for I found myself interested in the story, which, although harrowing in places, became quite absorbing. I could see that the author had taken time and effort in his research.
The lives of the characters were certainly harsh and the laws they were subjected to came across well. The historical detail given to the ships and how they were manned, crewed, and utilized for the deportation of prisoners was fascinating.
By the end of the story, I'm pleased to say that I cared about the fates of those concerned. All in all, it was a slow start but satisfying and very plausible ending. --

Helen Hollick UK Editor for Indie Published Historical Fiction
on behalf of
Michelle Gent
HNS Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Heartfelt! July 4 2012
By K. Driehorst - Published on
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The author clearly did his homework on this and then used that knowledge to bring us along on the journey with characters that are believable and who we come to love and root for. As others have noted, the book provides an 'insider's' view of who and why England sent their cast-offs to Australia in the 1800's. The portrayal of life in England for the under-privileged is brutal but gripping. The reader admires the ability of the main character to overcome such a childhood, and the impact that just a few souls who care can have on a single life. The young romance that falters but blossoms despite family resistance makes it all the more sweet.

Then, the horrors of being falsely accused without representation, and deported to Australia's 'penitentiary' and probable death sweep the reader deeper into the personal saga. The harrowing boat journey, the unlikely friendships that develop with other 'inmates', and life being stuck in the penal system Aussie-style is gripping. Throughout it all, we develop a strong empathy for the main characters, their undying devotion, loyalty and love, and sit in awe that they can even continue to persevere.

Richly written and vividly portrayed - curling up with this book became a highlight of my day - but alas the story came to it's wonderful conclusion. Thank you Craig Brennan for bringing us into this important time in history, and letting us experience it. I'm especially grateful that I could do it from the warm comfort and safety of my reading chair. Kudos!

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