A Family of Strangers

A Family of Strangers

by Sanchona

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A Family of Strangers by Sanchona

The story opens in 1793 with Kate O'Neal boarding the transport that would take her to Australia to serve her seven-year sentence for castrating her employer's son who raped and brutalised her. Kate has to survive the year-long voyage, and then the remaining six years of her sentence in a penal colony teaming with men, where convict women are seen as no better than commodity. Driven by her will to survive, she first becomes Lieutenant Kendrick's convict mistress, and when he loses her in a game of cards, Captain Spencer's "honey pot". The core of her support comes from a group of friends, her family of strangers . . .

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ISBN-13: 9781594145438
Publisher: Cengage Gale
Publication date: 12/28/2006
Series: Five Star Expressions Ser.
Pages: 355
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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A Family of Strangers 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't at all sure I'd like this book because it was the first by this author, Sanchona. Boy, was I surprised. A Family of Strangers is the story of a young farm girl, Kate, who is sent to Australia for resisting rape by her employer's son. Despite all odds, she makes both the long sea voyage and her new life in Australia work. We see Kate grow up and grow strong. I can't wait to read the sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Family of Strangers, the debut novel by Sanchona, has it all: lust, love, despair, hope, injustice, justice, hardship, and ease. Kate O'Neal, an innocent girl, matures into a woman through a series of incredible hardships. Only her determination to survive allows her to endure life as a convict shipped to the penal colonies of Australia. Reduced to being a sex slave, she begs to be sent to a remote farm when her abusive owner nearly kills her. He agrees only because he thinks she is dying and doesn't want to be bothered with a body to dispose of. But instead of dying, Kate forms her new family with the convicts assigned to the farm and regains her strength. Her second owner chooses to not abuse Kate physically, but eventually leaves her an emotional wreck. Sanchona expertly pulls together all the elements of Kate's story with intriguing secondary characters, continuous action, and vivid descriptions, all the while maintaining historical accuracy. Family of Strangers is a 'must-read' for fans of historical fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sanchona's debut novel is a wonderful 'sneaker,' meaning it is like a secret that is both entertaining and one to be cherished by all ages. Kate O'Neal, because she is a moral young woman with survival instincts is subjected to a life as an outcast, a convict. As the pages turn, we see Kate's life, thanks to Sanchona's clever writing, proceed in rapid order a chronology of events depicting Kate's growth that will charm the reader. It is this quality of Sanchona's writing that also will capture and transport the reader into the 1793-1802 period. This delightful story is a gift for the reader. Thank you, Sanchona.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sanchona has succeeded in evoking the atmosphere of a bygone age with her story, A Family of Strangers. Kate O¿Neal, a young woman transported to Botany Bay in 1793, is a strong character. She is determined to survive her ordeal. On the voyage to Australia, living amongst the prostitutes on board, Kate learns how to use sex to her advantage. In choosing to become Lieutenant¿s Jeremy Kendrick¿s mistress, Kate gains a so-called protector. Unfortunately, he is often brutal towards her. She takes refuge amongst the workers clearing his land, and gets to know her `family of strangers.¿ Amongst them is Nellie, a simple-minded woman who is cared for and shared by nine `husbands.¿ Used to settle a gambling debt, Kate is passed on to Captain Nicholas Spencer, a gentler man with whom she falls in love. In his household, the servants look down on her recognising her as being no better than they. Kate uses her skills to run a store. Distraught, when her lover leaves to return to England, Kate¿s strength of character comes to the fore. Her determination to survive sees her win out over male prejudice among the local store suppliers, who believe a woman has no place in the business world. She finds herself a champion in Bert, a truly amazing character. Kate¿s seven year term is up. But, will Bert¿s love be enough for Kate when she hears her former lover is asking her to join him in England? In a rollicking story, with skilful twists and turns, Sanchona develops some memorable characters and a glimpse into life in the early days of the Australian convict era.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sanchona has written a captivating novel about Kate O'Neal, a spirited woman shipped in 1793 from England to distant Australia for commission of a petty crime. Men will protect her, but at what price? Will she become mere chattel, a tool of privileged men? As a convict in a strange new land, she shows intelligence, compassion and increasing independence. Kate is a courageous, principled woman, the type of person you always want to have on your side. Sanchona writes with grace and skill. A FAMILY OF STRANGERS is a strong historical novel that demonstrates her detailed knowledge of Australia's days as a destination for whatever convicts England didn't choose to hang. I look forward to more of Sanchona's work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sanchona has written a captivating novel about Kate O¿Neal, a spirited woman shipped in 1793 from England to distant Australia for commission of a petty crime. Men will protect her, but at what price? Will she become mere chattel, a tool of privileged men? As a convict in a strange new land, she shows intelligence, compassion and increasing independence. Kate is a courageous, principled woman, the type of person you always want to have on your side. Sanchona writes with grace and skill. A FAMILY OF STRANGERS is a strong historical novel that demonstrates her detailed knowledge of Australia¿s days as a destination for whatever convicts England didn¿t choose to hang. I look forward to more of Sanchona¿s work.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1793 fifteen year old Kate O¿Neal is convicted of stealing the silk hanky of her employer¿s wife. She is being transferred on the Merry Mersey to the Botany Bay penal colony for seven years. Kate knows the charge is unfair, but cannot do anything about this injustice just like when her dad sold her to the Rustands in the first place. However, she has some satisfaction having castrated Lord Oliver, the son of her employer, for molesting her.-------------- On the ship she begins to learn how to survive until she reaches her new home Australia. There the frightened teen becomes mistress to Lieutenant Kendrick, but his beating almost kills her. She soon becomes Captain Spencer¿s mistress, who is much nicer and kinder to her he even helps her open up a store. As she dreams of marrying him, he leaves his convict behind for England. Merchant Bert Rowley helps Kate stay afloat even as they fall in love but Kendrick is back claiming he owns her possessions while Spencer offers to make her his mistress in England.-------------- A FAMILY OF STRANGERS is a deep late eighteenth century historical tale starring a young woman trying to survive in a world in which she has no rights. Kate is terrific as she adapts to her situations starting with the vividly described ocean voyage and at the fully envisioned penal colony. In every case, she is forced to play by the rules of men who often lack scruples. Fans will root for this brave heroine as she proves survival of the fittest even when the rules are rigged for her to fail.------------- Harriet Klausner