- Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Penguin UK (July 25 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141006498
- ISBN-13: 978-0141006499
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.5 x 18.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 322 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #883,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Remember Me Mass Market Paperback – Jul 25 2006
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Based on a true story, Remember Me brings Mary Broad vividly to life in this moving story of a woman triumphing against overwhelming odds. She made one mistake, and now she'll never see home again . . . * from the publisher's description *
About the Author
Lesley Pearse's novels have sold over ten million copies worldwide and include most recently Without a Trace, Survivor, Forgive Me and The Promise. Lesley lives near in Devon and has three daughters and three grandchildren.
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"Remember me" is the tale of Mary Broad, one of the very first convicts to settle in the penal colony of Australia and more importantly-a woman who managed to escape to a Dutch trading colony 3,000 miles away in an open boat with her two small children and eight men.
This novel is very true to the actual facts of Mary's life. She was imprisoned for highway robbery (really she stole a hat but on a street so technically she robbed someone on a highway) and was sentenced to hang only to have her sentence changed like so many others to seven years transportation. But with the war in America over there was no place to put the convicts, meaning Mary spent time on the infamous prison hulks before the great experimental transport of convicts so many thousands of miles to a completely unknown and uncharted Australia.
But this book for all the story it is telling was sensational, full of drama, terror, adventure, romance...this novel is kind of flat. I've never read anything by Lesley Pearse before so I don't know if this is indicative of her typical style but "Remember Me" just came off as kind of emotionless to me in spite of all of the highly emotional content. This could be because I knew all the facts of the story ahead of time and there was no deviation from them in the book so with the lack of emotion it was like reading the biography again only with dialog. I was also disappointed with the lack of detail in the novel but that is probably because after reading Colleen McCullough's Morgan's Run which is about the exact same time period (only it covers the Norfolk Island experiment also) almost anything will seem lacking in detail.
But still, for me fiction is more interesting to read than a biography so while I did like this a little bit more than "The Girl from Botany Bay" (as Mary Broad eventually became known) I can't say the novelized version contained a whole lot more emotion but it was true to the facts.
I have one more book by Lesley Pearse so I hope that this isn't her usual style-or maybe it would be different if I didn't know the whole story in advance. I don't know. But she seems to have a huge following in the UK so I'll hold out hope.
Three stars. If you want any more details on Mary Broad or the transportation story in general check out the books above.