To Love Anew (Sydney Cove Book #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Hannah Talbot has no one. Forced to leave the only home she's ever known, she works for a cruel employer who brutally takes the one thing she has left--her dignity. When she is banished from London, she is certain God has turned his back on her.

John Bradshaw was a successful businessman whose untamed spirit sometimes wanted more. When he is betrayed by those closest to him, he loses everything--his wife, his business, even his freedom. ...
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To Love Anew (Sydney Cove Book #1)

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Overview

Hannah Talbot has no one. Forced to leave the only home she's ever known, she works for a cruel employer who brutally takes the one thing she has left--her dignity. When she is banished from London, she is certain God has turned his back on her.

John Bradshaw was a successful businessman whose untamed spirit sometimes wanted more. When he is betrayed by those closest to him, he loses everything--his wife, his business, even his freedom. John's and Hannah's paths are about to cross. Aboard a ghastly, nineteenth-century prison ship from London to Australia, John and Hannah must keep hope alive and trust God's unconditional love.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441202734
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Series: Sydney Cove , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 9,802
  • File size: 455 KB

Meet the Author

Bonnie Leon is the bestselling author of more than 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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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    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 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!

    35 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    While I am not a religious person I was VERY impressed with this

    While I am not a religious person I was VERY impressed with this book! It was well written and I would love to see a sequel come out of it. It's descriptions left me feeling as if I were right there and feeling her pain. I appreciate that it wasn't predictable and the only reason I gave this a four was because I wished there were more to read!! :-) I would love to kow what happens to her best friend as well as his!

    GREAT Book!

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

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    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 March 29, 2012

    Heart Warming

    This is a heart warming romance novel. It starts out slowly, but once it gets going you can't put it down. The last half of the book is absolutly great. It has a happy, but abrupt ending, which gives incite to the title splendidly. This book has a minimum amount of grammer mistakes, which are hardly noticable to the reader.

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    When I first started To Love Anew I didn't think it was going to be a very good read, BUT it didn't take me every long to realize it was AWESOME!!! I did not want to put it down! While reading this book, I just kept thinking how God NEVER leaves us, we leave him!! Hannah thought God had deserted her, she was going thru MANY trials BUT God was bringing her to what she longed for most, pure joy & happiness!!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    I really loved this book. It was a wondeful read. It showed Gods

    I really loved this book. It was a wondeful read. It showed Gods love for each and every one of us beautifully.
    ***spoiler***


    I just wished Hannah told John everything at the end. That was the only thing that put me off.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    KC

    For some reason I have to pay for this book and many more
    can some one give me a reason why?

    4 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    I'm glad this is free...

    I can't believe this book is free... (I wouldent really want to tarnish the authers hard work so I'll say some good and bad thngs about this book) I really did enjoy the storyline but it seems like the book ended in the wrong spot. Not only that, it was a little depressing and had some spelling a punctation mistakes. I did love the different personalitys, but what happeded to Hanna was not called for! If you like slow and deprissing books you'll enjoy this. Once again I'm glade this is free.

    4 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Amazing!

    This book was really good. It was a short read at 235 pages. The beginning was a little boring, but keep with it because after the first few chapters you wont be able to put it down. I recommend this for ages 13 and up. There is some suggestive themes, but you should be okay if your mature. This is noromantic a all, its more of a history thing.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    ,

    Im pretty sure this was the most depressing book ive ever read. I would not recommend it to anyone.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    An interesting read

    This was an interesting historical fiction piece about the lives of prisoners sent to Austrailia from England. It was a bit unrealistic in the end, but still entertaining.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

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    Kept Me Turning the Pages

    To Love Anew captured my interest from the first chapter. Each new setting was fresh and the plot was intriguing, which, for me, earned the book a fourth star.

    The book may seem slow to some, but I found it engaging enough to finish it in a short period of time. In all honesty, it is morose for a large portion of the book. For all you sensitive readers out there, there happens to be relief, though, as it farewells on a happy note. ... And yes, I found all those little grammatical errors annoying, too.

    I do have to say that the author's descriptions were not overly vivid when it came to the characters' emotions and actions. They had little enthusiasm. Granted, their situations are ghastly and dismaying, but the author gave them little zeal for feeling hopeless, or discouraged, or whatever emotion they were supposed to have lived through.
    Especially at the end, I don't feel like the reality of their lives was implied enough.

    I would recommend To Love Anew for a more mature reader, who has an overall concept of more, well... mature themes.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Loved it!!!

    Such a great story

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Awesome story!

    Kept my interest from the first page. The writer swoops you up and carries you along with the characters...the encouragement, sacrifice, faith and trust in the midst of the most horrifying conditions was an inspiration. Epic win! Review by CherishD

    1 out of 1 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 28, 2013

    Wonderful Read!

    What an amazing story. The characters are so real and their trials and triumphs leave you crying and cheering all at the same time. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Love anew

    How long is it?

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Horrible ending!

    The book was good but the ending was very abrupt!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Good Quick Read

    This book was well written. Excellent descriptive writing. It was a sad story that encouraged a message of hope. I found the story predictable in some places, however I was pleasantly surprised when John got his freedom.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Very good reading

    The book tells of some very sad things that happen to a young girl. It deals with subjects that could be vulgar, but they are very well written. A young girl falsely accused, and a married man betrayed by his wife and a relative are sent to prison unjustly. They are aboard a prison ship where unspeakable things happen. They find a life working outside the prison and all ends well.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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