To Love Anew (Sydney Cove Book #1)

To Love Anew (Sydney Cove Book #1)

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by Bonnie Leon
     
 

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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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441202734
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2007
Series:
Sydney Cove , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
102,653
File size:
5 MB

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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To Love Anew 4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 381 reviews.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
LAobserver More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
kyreaderMS More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im pretty sure this was the most depressing book ive ever read. I would not recommend it to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story of strength to get thru rough times. Tragic at times. Wished she would've just told him. Overall, pretty good book.
-Forgiven More than 1 year ago
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.
Dixiana More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although it was sad and depressing in some places, I think that it did portray fairly accurately the conditions of the times. Very well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!Just the way these people were punished was unbelievable,and the journey on the ship was so sad, but slavery is an awful thing. But the story it self was great and the people in the book are wonderful. And the ending is the best part! Thank you!!!!
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You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
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