'In the early years of the industrial revolution London was expanding rapidly, poverty was increasing and merely existing was a challenge for the lower classes who too often fell foul of the ruthless criminal laws of the time.
The city was full of unemployable wretches living in deplorable conditions and they were looked upon as disrupting the lives of the upper classes. Some of the lower classes were more fortunate than others, they had jobs but even they could fall victim to greedy opportunists.
This is the setting into which four souls were cast; Edward the farm-boy, Susannah the prostitute, Jacob the silk weaver and Ann the urchin.
Convicted of their alleged crimes, they suffered in London’s notorious prisons until their transportation across the oceans to the bottom of the world, to the Great South Land.
Circumstance conspired to bring them all together, to an improbable location, as distant from their imaginations as the likelihood of inhabiting the moon or the stars. Susannah, spirited and optimistic, inspires the others as they make their lives on Norfolk Island, the place of Angels and Eagles. '
After 20 years making a home for themselves on Norfolk Island, farming land and carving out an existence, they are forced to the island and the Garths and Belletts resettle in Van Diemen's Land. Beset by the hardships and challenges of starting again in an untamed land, the families must contend with disease, bushrangers and the growing conflict between the newly arrived settlers and the aboriginals who have occupied the land for centuries.
For James Garth, the eldest son of Edward and Susannah, exploration and adventure hold the key to their new life, but as triumph and tragedy visit his family in equal measure, can he find a way to make his dreams a reality? And will the next generation possess the strength of character and will to fulfil the promise of tomorrow?
Love, tenacity, resolve, purposefulness...PERSEVERANCE.
Perseverance, Book Two of the Garth Trilogy, is the sequel to Of Angels and Eagles.
Review - Of Angels and Eagles:
‘The characters of the book generally tell their own stories in the course of the narrative. This technique is masterfully done and sustains the reader throughout…
By the end of the book we have been introduced to the coming of age of some of the next generation, and already we have been given inklings as to how their lives will intertwine as the move is made to Van Diemen’s Land.
Your reviewer can hardly wait to know more, and is keenly looking forward to Book Two…
A great read thoroughly recommended’ - Founders Magazine, November 2016