There were times when reading about the lives the Garths and Belletts had established on Norfolk Island, that I couldn’t read quickly enough; I was anxious to get to the next hurdle to see how they would triumph. Susannah Gough’s positive outlook and sunny disposition filtered into their lives and influenced her husband Edward, their friends Jacob and Ann Bellett and all their children. The Garths were neighbours of my First Fleeter and this brought another perspective to their shared history.
I read the book in a weekend; it is easy to read and took me on a journey; both geographically and emotionally.
Thoroughly enjoyed it. Now, on to the second one!!
Loved this book from the moment I turned the first page. Love reading about our history. Knowing the places that they go to makes it more intriguing. Loved the characters. Just love love loved it. Great writer. Can't wait for her next novel.
This book was recommended to me after my hubby and I had spent a week on Norfolk Island and fell in love with it. I read Of Angels & Eagles in record time for me. I just couldn't put it down, reading well into the early hours of the morning following the lives of Susannah the Prostitute, Jacob the silk weaver, Edward the farm boy and Ann the urchin from crime-ridden London to a life of so many difficulties and hurdles to overcome on Norfolk Isalnd, eventually becoming Farmers, boat builders and parents and outstanding members and leaders of the Norfolk Island community. The writer sustains the reader's interest from start to finish and I can't wait now for the 2nd book in the Garth Trilogy.
For an Australian to be able to lay claim to one First Fleeter in the family is a source of great pride. To be able to claim\ three...well, that's worthy of a book and what a great book it is. Of Angels and Eagles is a seamless blend of fact and fiction that vividly brings Australia's white beginnings to life. Here is a book that entertains, enlightens and is as distinctive as the country and people it captures so beautifully. Even if there were no great southern land named Australia, no naval captain named Arthur Philip and no fleet of eleven ships filled with convicts, this would still be a magnificent book.
An insightful, portrayal of 4 wonderful characters , and their journey to the new land of Australia and their role in settling this vast land telling of their life in helping to build a wonderful country. This book captures the ups and downs of first fleeter s in an accurate time line with a slight romantic twist. I found it an easy book to read and it kept me wanting more. What a wonderful way to touch on my heritage and get to know a little more of the people from whom I am a descendant. The book left me with high spirits I cant wait for the next one.
I was intrigued by this book from the moment I started reading. The stories of the main characters leading them closer together, during a very unsettled time, were realistic. It was quite easy to picture each of them in the squalid ship, and the hostile land they settled on. Though not completely factual, it is based on real people who have come to life again, through the magic of print. Gives a brand new vision of our ancestors, and the early colonies. Highly recommended.
I loved this book, it is such a moving, inspiring story and to think it's all true makes it even more incredible. It was such a pleasure to read, I didn't even realise I was learning so much about Australias history as well. I became really involved in the characters lives and again, loved that they were real people who I truly cared for. Highly recommend.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading"Of Angels and Eagles" as it bought to life the facts in a very real way. I had completed my ancestry in 1980 , visited Norfolk Island and Tasmania and when I read it I was able to "see" the places and understand the hardships encountered by the convicts sent to Botany Bay and very quickly onto Norfolk. Beautifully written and I am now looking forward to Book #2 "Perseverence". Noel Garth.
From the first page of reading "Of Angels and Eagles", I was absorbed. I learnt so much following the lives of the four main characters, coping with the hardships of being first settlers arriving at Botany Bay, then transferred to Norfolk Island. The empathy that one felt for these characters and being in this land stayed with me throughout my days of reading and long after. I am so looking forward to the next book in the trilogy, "Perseverance". This book comes from a writer with insight and empathy of the great hardships early settlers endured both physically and emotionally.
What a great way to learn the history of my country via the lives of convicts. Brings to life the struggles of coming from "civilised" England to the founding of the new colony. I'm sure my forebears had similiar experiences. I really enjoyed the book and look forward to the next installment.