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To Love Anew (Sydney Cove Book #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

36 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

Awesome, edgy story!

To Love Anew is an amazing journey you won't want to miss. There are some pretty edgy scenes in this book, which of course worked well for me. However, someone else may find a few things a bit hard to read because they were SO realistically done. I felt like I was Hanna...
To Love Anew is an amazing journey you won't want to miss. There are some pretty edgy scenes in this book, which of course worked well for me. However, someone else may find a few things a bit hard to read because they were SO realistically done. I felt like I was Hannah suffering through the majority of the book. The stench, the pain, the heartache were all vividly portrayed. I doubt I would have survived what Hannah went through and may have given up hope long before. But Hannah was a survivor despite her low opinion of herself and the guilt that nearly consumed her. I loved how the author took people that Hannah would not normally associate with, but given her circumstances, she is then forced to look at her own heart and prejudices. The unspeakable evils done to the prisoners amazed me in that anyone survived at all. The story reminded me of the movie Amistad, but the prisoners on the ship were white. The forced labor for the prisoners and lack of freedom was just like slavery. John was the ultimate hero and just about made me swoon whenever he spoke to Hannah. He had plenty of reasons to be bitter, but still managed to keep his honor despite his harsh living situation. His devotion to Hannah was also commendable. I loved the tension between the two of them. Their connection felt realistic and deep. And the emotional tension between them is what excellent romance writing is all about. I loved their relationship and rooted for them to the end--as John never gave up hope. The best part of this book (besides the delectable romance) was probably the spiritual portion. Hannah had every reason to believe God had abandoned her. She responded like any human would in a similar situation. Of course God never left her, but the journey she took toward that realization was awesome. I loved this story!

posted by MichelleSutton on January 29, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

So conflicted! So I finished this book a couple of days ago and

So conflicted!

So I finished this book a couple of days ago and have been so upset that I have been unable to pick up a book for two days! Yes, I was prepared for this story to be a bit depressing....it was. The beginning of the story was filled with hardship, hearta...
So conflicted!

So I finished this book a couple of days ago and have been so upset that I have been unable to pick up a book for two days! Yes, I was prepared for this story to be a bit depressing....it was. The beginning of the story was filled with hardship, heartache and injustice. Our heroine was filled with a sence of unworthiness and angst. Things were starting to look up, but would she ever feel worthy? I don't think all of the issues raised were ever truly RESOLVED. It was on its way to being resolved, and then all of a sudden, the story ended, like the author ran out of time and had to quit writing. It was all so abrupt and unexpected, I had to go back a few pages and re-read to see if I read it too fast and missed something.

Ms. Leon writes a very compelling tale, but I feel cheated. After sticking with the story, I wanted....more. I was really beginning to enjoy the book, and then the ending left me feeling very frustrated and dissatisfied.

posted by LAobserver on June 7, 2012

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    So conflicted! So I finished this book a couple of days ago and

    So conflicted!

    So I finished this book a couple of days ago and have been so upset that I have been unable to pick up a book for two days! Yes, I was prepared for this story to be a bit depressing....it was. The beginning of the story was filled with hardship, heartache and injustice. Our heroine was filled with a sence of unworthiness and angst. Things were starting to look up, but would she ever feel worthy? I don't think all of the issues raised were ever truly RESOLVED. It was on its way to being resolved, and then all of a sudden, the story ended, like the author ran out of time and had to quit writing. It was all so abrupt and unexpected, I had to go back a few pages and re-read to see if I read it too fast and missed something.

    Ms. Leon writes a very compelling tale, but I feel cheated. After sticking with the story, I wanted....more. I was really beginning to enjoy the book, and then the ending left me feeling very frustrated and dissatisfied.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    This was an okay book.

    When i reached the last page of this book I was surprised I thought it should've went on at least a little longer... you know explain a little more , but other than that I liked it...I couldn't stop reading!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    recommend

    Good historical tale of old and cruel English laws. Characters well written.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Good book

    A story of strength to get thru rough times. Tragic at times. Wished she would've just told him. Overall, pretty good book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Bonnie Leon writes easy-to-read Christian historical novels; To

    Bonnie Leon writes easy-to-read Christian historical novels; To Love Anew is the first of three in  the Sydney Cove Series as young Hannah is banished to Australia and begins life anew.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Okay

    It was only 200 something pages, the first hundred or so were agony. The next hundred were so so and the last thirty were just about happy. Overall left me feeling depressed

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Good read, kept me coming back.

    I liked this book. Good to learn some of the history of the prisoners' being sent to Australia and thereabouts.

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

    Nice read

    Okay book.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    Very Good Read

    I did enjoy this story. The main characters suffered through hardship and injustice but they didVery good read survive and made a new life in another country.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Left you feeling empty

    Loved the biblical representations. But the story leapt at the beginiing with a lot to desire. Author could have easily put more intobthe ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Lovely story

    Really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    I Recommend It

    A very enjoyable read. A great story that was warm and heart wrenching.

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    For some reason I kept thinking that this was a poorly done rema

    For some reason I kept thinking that this was a poorly done remake of de Sade's "Justine", without the wordiness, interesting plotline, or terrible ending. This one could use some serious work, although I think the idea was good.

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    Wasn't expecting much

    I wasn't expecting much from this book because it was on the "free" list and I've been disappointed by many of those! I really liked the characters and was drawn in by their stories. The book was a little predictable and, I feel, a little too descriptive in certain parts, but over all it was a good read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    O.K.

    Not my usual read. Yes this is a christian book. Just felt too blatently Christian. You get tired of hearing "God will provide, God will take care of us". Characters seem weak.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Too gross for to long.

    Fair because I thought the author had too many chapters on horrors of being in the shiphold. I'm sure those conditions were present but I don't need to dwell on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Enjoyed this!

    Finished this book in a few days!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Good plot

    This story was a very interesting read, however, the ending was terrible! It ended rather abruptly and was rushed.

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    Posted February 27, 2013

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    Posted February 15, 2012

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