Behind the Sun: Convict Girls #1 – Deborah Challinor

Posted: November 1, 2012 in general fiction, history, Review

behind the sunFour very different women’s lives are intertwined when they end up in Newsgate Prison and are sentenced to be transported to the penal settlement of New South Wales.  Friday Woolfe is a streetwise prostitute with a soft heart; Harriet Clarke is a talented seamstress who sees the good in everyone’ Sarah Morgan is a cunning thief who doesn’t forgive easily; Rachel Winter is mercurial and naive, believing her fiancé will rescue her.

The book tells how they ended up in Newsgate, fighting for survival.  Each was to serve out their sentence in Australia and we follow their journey on a convict ship to there.  There are more trials to come once they’re settled in Sydneytown.  Strong heroines, a fascinating plot that was well researched, brief appearances by real figures in history, this very well written story has it all.

I enjoyed this book a lot more than       I thought I would, as it’s big and thick and the sort of book my mum likes.  I got caught up in the story and read it in two days – I had to find out what happened next.  Now I’m anxiously awaiting the sequel, Girl of Shadows, to continue on with their life in Australia.


Supplied by HarperCollins

Reviewed by Jan

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