The Heart of Thornton Creek (Queensland Chronicles Book #1): A Novel

The Heart of Thornton Creek (Queensland Chronicles Book #1): A Novel

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by Bonnie Leon
     
 

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After falling for a handsome young Australian named Daniel Thornton, Rebecca Williams gives up her life in high society Boston and follows him to his father's cattle station deep in the bush country of late 1800s Queensland.
As she acclimates herself to her new surroundings and her new family, Rebecca is unpleasantly surprised to find that Daniel's father, Bertram

Overview

After falling for a handsome young Australian named Daniel Thornton, Rebecca Williams gives up her life in high society Boston and follows him to his father's cattle station deep in the bush country of late 1800s Queensland.
As she acclimates herself to her new surroundings and her new family, Rebecca is unpleasantly surprised to find that Daniel's father, Bertram, not only runs the prosperous cattle station, but also runs his son's life. And his influence doesn't stop there. It seems to Rebecca that Bertram oppresses his wife, his servants, his ranch hands, and even the rest of the townsfolk in Thornton Creek!
Can Rebecca adjust to her awkward surroundings? Will she ever be able to get along with Bertram's bullying? Or will he drive Rebecca and Daniel apart once and for all?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441239396
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/2005
Series:
Queensland Chronicles , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
370,736
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Bonnie Leon is the best-selling author of ten historical fiction novels. She stays busy teaching women's Bible studies and speaking at writing seminars and conventions. She and her husband, Greg, live in Glide, Oregon.
Bonnie Leon is the bestselling author of many historical romance novels, including Touching the Clouds and Wings of Promise. She stays busy teaching women's Bible studies and speaking at writing seminars and conventions. She and her husband, Greg, live in Oregon.

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Heart of Thornton Creek 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this book I cringed, but then I remembered the time period. There are parts that make you laugh, cry, and become angry, but it is an honest look at the ignorance that people suffer from. The ending was wonderful and the characters were real; like you truly can connect with each of them. I love a good Christian novel and the author did well. I highly recommend it; there is power in God's love and forgiveness! I think that is the lesson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First I wild like to clear up an incorrect assumption, some reviewers have. Harriet Klausner has not wrote reviews for B&N for three years. If you look at the dates, all her reviews are older and while they are plot spoilers, annoying and ALWAYS of the I love this book so much ilk, they are easy to skip over. Do not punish the authors for something they have no control over. This 259 page book was a Christian Romance. The farther the read gets into the book, the more Bible verses, preaching, christiananity, prayers and moralizing there are. The last several chapters are mostly this. The book has an open ended conclusion. I am not really interested in reading a sequal. There is talk of sex, no details. There are many cruel and uncaring individuals in this book. The father law claims to be pious, but he is an over bearing ass. The mother in law, is oh so perfect and such a slave to her husband's whims, she aggravated me. The son is a panty waist. He lets his dad bully everyone, including himself and never says boo, in case he loses his inheiritance. Now for the heroine, she married for security, not love and never lets anyone forget it. She listens to no one, does what she wants, and is an expert pouter. This is a historic book, yet the way the aboriginies were discussed and portrayed was insulting. I have never heard of them being cannibals before. This book was very well edited. There was not any cursing nor detailed sex. There is LOTS of arguing. (Boring) some violence, a rather odd murder, which has nothing to do with the plot and could have been left out. I neither liked nor disliked this book. The details were nicely done. For readers 16 and up. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the beginning we are introduced to a wonderfully warm woman who has the backbone to stand up for herself. This character is chiseled away until we are left with a nice obedient god fearing wife. The characters are weakwilled and have no depth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the descriptions of Rebecca's travel to her new home... It was well written, not like some books where you just want to skip to get to the next part. Very enjoyabe read, especially when there are so many so-so books and just plain badly written works out in cyberspace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tended to drag in places but the spiritual lessons were uplifting.
DOODLEAB More than 1 year ago
Was a very good read. Have always been interested in Australia. Since it was published in 2005 was wondering if there are more books in this series. Bonnie is a good writer and this held my interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found it rather boring and quite predictable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this author's story very much and will proceed to the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love it! We should never let our spirt be put out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay the ending left a lot to be desired.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book tells a lovely story. I totally recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I couldn't put it down after chapter 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very thought provoking
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
reading about the early life of settlers is interesting I think you will enjoy this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. Enjoy.
lilcountrymouse More than 1 year ago
I liked the story but at times I wanted to hit some of the people in the story. The ending helped fix some of it, it is a religious book and has forgiveness, I liked it over all.
GigisNook More than 1 year ago
Nice Reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would read more from this author.
chicapo More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the descriptive writing especially the countryside and the animals and indiginous people. The faith story was a little drawn out before it came around but the author did draw it all together in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel was set in Australia so it has a new and original storyline. The descriptions were well written and easily understood. The storyline was original and was not easily predicted (not by me anyway). It was clean and wholesome and can be appropriate for young and old.
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Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the characters and storyline.