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The Letter: A Family Secret Hidden for Generations by [Gardner, Christine]
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The Letter: A Family Secret Hidden for Generations Kindle Edition

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Length: 343 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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ACFlory

4.0 out of 5 starsand their great, great descendant who unearths the family secrets a ...

Goldrush era Australia meets modern day Bendigo, a city that owes its very existence to the gold that flowed through its rivers and creeks.
The story is told from the perspective of two sisters, orphaned on their way out to the Australian goldfields, and their great, great descendant who unearths the family secrets a hundred odd years later. It's an interesting technique and kept me turning the pages to see how two very young women manage to survive the dangers of the goldfields.
I really enjoyed it.

Nikki rated it really liked it

Shelves: australian, contemporary, historical

This is an engaging story that alternates between the present and the past as two teenage girls try to survive in the gold rush era after recently arriving in Australia. There was a good mix of story and history and it reminded me of my own school trip to the Sovereign Hill to learn about Victorian goldfields.

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When her grandmother dies, Gabby discovers an old letter concealed in a secret compartment in the roll-top desk made four generations earlier. The secrets it reveals belong to an even earlier generation—the first members of Gabby’s family to cross the ocean from Britain to Australia, over 150 years ago.
In 1855 Sarah and Mary are alone on The Colchester, after their parents are both killed by the deadly disease on-board. The family left their home in Wales in an attempt to find a better life in the colonies but with both parents dead the sisters are devastated, with no idea what to do next.
Sarah also becomes ill and, worried about passing her illness to Mary, encourages her to spend the days away from the stuffy cabin, in the fresh air on deck. Befriended by a gentleman, Mary finds herself swept up in a hopeless cycle of shame and lies, with no way out. When the girls arrive in Melbourne they have little hope of finding suitable work and make a drastic decision which could lead either to fortune or disaster.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 711 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B077KXL8YK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #311,240 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 starsand their great, great descendant who unearths the family secrets a ...
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5.0 out of 5 starsAn adventure to new lands for two sisters.
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