The Light Horseman's Daughter

The Light Horseman's Daughter

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by David Crookes
     
 

While resisting eviction from the Queensland family property at the start of the Great Depression, Emma McKenna's father is shot dead. Emma is left destitute, with her crippled mother and twelve-year-old twin brothers to care for. But she is not easily defeated and fights back.In her struggle to survive she must overcome, heartless wealthy relatives, racial bigotry

Overview

While resisting eviction from the Queensland family property at the start of the Great Depression, Emma McKenna's father is shot dead. Emma is left destitute, with her crippled mother and twelve-year-old twin brothers to care for. But she is not easily defeated and fights back.In her struggle to survive she must overcome, heartless wealthy relatives, racial bigotry, child abuse, corrupt financiers and choose between the love of two very different men: one a wealthy Sydney lawyer involved with the New Guard, a paramilitary anti-communist movement, and the other, a persecuted and penniless left-wing activist.The Light Horseman's Daughter offers a panoramic view of Australia in the 1930's—the big landowners of the outback, the corrupt bankers who supported them, the well-heeled elite of Sydney's affluent eastern suburbs, the abject poverty of the victims of the Depression, the idealists who joined the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War .This award-winning novel weaves all this into a riveting story with the human element at its heart. Emma McKenna is a heroine to remember

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011152078
Publisher:
David Crookes
Publication date:
12/15/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
441 KB

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Meet the Author

David Crookes self-published his first novel BLACKBIRD in 1996. It was quickly picked up by Hodder Headline, now HATCHETTE GROUP, and became a best seller in multiple editions, as did THE LIGHT HORSEMAN'S DAUGHTER and SOMEDAY SOON and other titles. Now most of his many novels are available as ebooks. David was born in Southampton, England. After living in Canada for twenty-three years he moved to Queensland, Australia with his wife and children. He has worked in many occupations, as a farm hand, factory worker, lumber-mill worker, costing surveyor, salesman, contractor, oilfield and construction industry executive and as a small business owner. He now writes fulltime. His travels have taken him to many parts of the world and his particular passion, apart from writing is single-handed ocean sailing. His novels include: Blackbird The Light Horseman's Daughter Someday Soon Children of the Sun Redcoat Borderline Great Spirit Valley The Bookkeeper's Daughter

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The Light Horseman's Daughter 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 29 reviews.
jinxter More than 1 year ago
Normally I will not read a book unless it can catch my attention in the first few pages - this one caught me on the first page. Once hooked I could not put the book down - this one is truly a must read.
Linda White More than 1 year ago
I couldn' t put this book down. I enjoyed it immensely BUT the ending didn't quite make it for me. He went into such great detail throughout then, when he got to the end it was almost as if he got tired of writing and wrapped everything up in a few short chapters. Still highly recommended, especially for the price.
jakibookworm More than 1 year ago
Great story infused with much history
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no no no. Move along, nothing to see here
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good historical novel about australia during the depression
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
During the great depression in Australia's history a family struggles with secrets, prejudices, and economic hardship. Very interesting for the history and a great and interesting characters that you won't want yo put the book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never thought about how the great depression affected other countries. Good story about how a woman pulls herself up, puts on her "big girl panties" and moves on with her life. We get to the end of the book with our heroine a bit battlescarred, but still standing. Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an enlightening and inspiring story. I liked it quite a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting. It was great learning about the history of Austraila. Some of the political events were hard to understand but the whole story is wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting book to read at this time. I found it interesting to learn of Australia's problems early in the 1900's. Their history of drought, banks, bankruptcies, the politicans and war reminded me of today's world with the Republicans, Democrats and the Tea Party people.
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sunny_zim More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down! Nice story!
travelbunny More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book. Well written and it held my interest to the very end.
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karenlo More than 1 year ago
Good historical romance
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Judi_Clark More than 1 year ago
Very good!
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dascott More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best I've read in a while. I could not put it down! The character's were lifelike. I can't wait to read other books by this author.
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Lisa Mewbourn More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book with its tale entwined with Australia's history and interesting characters. Great story about the Great Depression and its main character's determinattion to keep her family together and to overcome social prejudices, economic hardships and abuses at the hands of a government in turmoil. Great summer read and very interesting.