The Light Horseman's Daughter [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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The Light Horseman's Daughter

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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

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011152078
  • Publisher: David Crookes
  • Publication date: 12/15/2010
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 633,730
  • File size: 403 KB

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:BlackbirdThe Light Horseman's DaughterSomeday SoonChildren of the SunRedcoatBorderlineGreat Spirit ValleyThe Bookkeeper's Daughter
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    You need to read this!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Good read

    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.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

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    Absolutely Riveting

    Great story infused with much history

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Boston Bob Reviews

    no no no. Move along, nothing to see here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    loved it

    Good historical novel about australia during the depression

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    Excellent Historical Novel

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Good story

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Overcoming adversity

    This is an enlightening and inspiring story. I liked it quite a lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Great read!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Recommended

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Wonderful read

    I simply couldn't put this book down. It was a little lacking in depth in someplaces generally in the transitions between parts and characters. But overall I loved it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Loved it

    Couldn't put it down! Nice story!

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    A great read

    I really enjoyed the book. Well written and it held my interest to the very end.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    Enjoyed

    Good historical romance

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

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    The lighthorsemans Daughter

    Very good!

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    Highly recommend! Awesome read!

    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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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    Great summer read

    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.

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    Posted September 1, 2011

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