Set in Tasmania in the late 1800’s the first chapter throws the reader straight into the inequality and injustices of class during that time.
The story follows Luke Tyler from the age of 14 when he is thrown in prison after defending his sister’s honour, then his subsequent escape and, for a time, living off the land until he is taken in by his former teacher, Daniel Campbell.
This story held me captivated as it delivers everything the blurb promises, From the beautiful descriptions of the untamed Tasmanian countryside to the inclusion of the now extinct Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger).
Told in multiple POV’s the reader is given an overall feel for each character in this emotionally charged saga which will take you from the remoteness of Tasmania to the diamond mines of South Africa, highlighting the fact that the fight for conservation of both the land and animals is the same in any country.
A powerful story of prejudice, ambition, duty and undying love.
I've enjoyed each of Jennifer Scoullar's rural romance novels, especially because she has a special gift for weaving important issues unobtrusively into the fabric of her entertaining stories. Fortune's Son, her first foray into historical fiction, marks her as a gifted writer: depth of research, along with strong human rights, environmental and conservation themes, underpins well-paced storytelling and compelling characters. A great read! Looking forward to more!