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

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

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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?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441239396
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Series: Queensland Chronicles , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,551
  • File size: 2 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Happy Reading

    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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    character driven historical tale

    In 1871 Boston, feisty independent socialite Rebecca Williams meets Aussie Daniel Thornton. He courts her and proposes. Though she has some doubts about dealing with relocating to Australia and not loving Daniel, she accepts because she is fond of him, respects his kindness towards people and lacks money to maintain her current American lifestyle; she hopes to one day love her husband and looks forward to increased freedom Down Under.--- The married couple moves to his family¿s cattle station in Queensland, Australia. There the self-reliant Rebecca runs into problems with Daniels¿ father Bertram, the iron-fisted patriarch who controls everyone including her husband through his contention of divine commission. She is not what Bertram had in mind for his daughter-in-law as he prefers barefoot, pregnant and fear of brimstone not a spirited defiant Yank.--- This character driven historical tale will grip the audience once Rebecca and Bertram meet. The triangular lead trio all feels frustration with one another. Rebecca, who anticipated increased freedom away from home, feels thwart and restricted; Daniel feels yanked in opposite direction by the two most important people in his life; while Bertram thinks a female serpent has entered the station. Together, they make for a deep look at clashing cultures in the opening saga of the Queensland Chronicles.--- Harriet Klausner

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Harriet klausner

    Well, another book ruined by harriet klausner and her cliff note book review. Bn are you ever going to do anything to this plot spoiling poster? She is the worst of the bunch. She needs to be banned and all her plot spoiling posts deleted.

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    259 pages

    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.

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    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    Just ticked me off

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2013

    Was a very good read. Have always been interested in Australia.

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Richmond, Tx

    Rebecca just wanted to become a career woman. She really tried to standup to her father in law. In the end all was good.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2013

    Good Read/Highly Recommended

    I enjoyed this author's story very much and will proceed to the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2006

    Avided Reader

    Love it! We should never let our spirt be put out!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    liked it

    i skipped about 100 pgs, but enjoyed the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    Highly Recommened

    I loved this book. It kept me wondering what was coming next.Reading book 2 now!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Good one!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Slow reading

    Tended to drag in places but the spiritual lessons were uplifting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    1 star

    Found it rather boring and quite predictable

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    love this

    reading about the early life of settlers is interesting
    I think you will enjoy this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    Great read

    Good story. Enjoy.

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  • Posted August 3, 2014

    I liked the story but at times I wanted to hit some of the peopl

    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.

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  • Posted July 19, 2014

    Enjoyable

    Nice Reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Must read.

    I would read more from this author.

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

    Good read-worth the time

    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.

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