Author Glennis Browne’s riveting plot and well-drawn characters delve into issues facing the population of Great Britain in the mid-1800s.
Browne explores, through the lives of Dan and Charlotte, whether a peaceful life is about acceptance of what life hands us as well as spiritual survival. Asking-
o Is it true people live their lives seeking what they don’t yet have,
o Is such a search productive in discovering what is meaningful in life?
o Is it true we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it?
o Does finding meaning in suffering move us forwards with renewed purpose.
By understanding forgiveness, can we restore lost faith in God and discover peace?Browne bases her story upon nineteenth-century biblical interpretations, exploring huge questions in the context of two families, showing how
o Historical incidents of social and religious confusion affect us.
o Manipulation and poverty can be seen for what they do.
Dan is a deep thinker who –
o Challenges Welsh Calvinist beliefs which gained converts throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
o Is branded a rebellious nonconformist.
o Is desperate to escape confusing doctrines to discover his identity.
Charlotte predicts shame and disgrace as her destiny
o After indulging in a relationship fraught with complicated challenges.
Separately, they join the thousands of emigrants who became the early pioneers in Australia.
The twenty-first-century reader will discover their own ancestors’ experiences, perhaps providing answers as Browne chronicles possibilities.