In the first novel the main characters, Dan and Charlotte, demonstrate how circumstances and personal beliefs and mind sets became reasons why immigrants in the 1800s moved to Australia and other places around the world.
Many people of this changing time possessed the unsettling wanderlust gene, and sought change for change sake as not all Australian settlers were shipped to the penal colony.
Perhaps unexpected situations caused forced immigration?
- For Dan rejected conformist religious beliefs in Britain, escaping willingly.
- Charlotte suffered social stigma and Darwinian theories.
The author Annie Browne explores real incidents of grief and poverty during the Australian gold rush years.
- Does love bring peace?
- Will faith bring the answer?
- Will forgiveness make the difference and restore faith in God?
The 21st century reader may learn of the reality of their ancestors’ lives.
And find answers.
The first two updated books and books three and four are available from Amazon, Apple, and all other well known book stores. The author uses her pen name – Annie Browne when republishing these four books of the series.
Note book 4 will be published late 2021.
The first editions of the first two books were first published in 2016 and are still available at
More details of the series
The original series was called – The Fortune Seekers
Book One – Dan and Charlotte
Book Two – Under the Thumb
If you began the series reading these original editions, be assured that the third and fourth books follow on seamlessly.
Short Synopsis of the book series
The Fortune Seekers novel – Dan and Charlotte show why immigrants moved to Australia in the 1800s. Did they possess the unsettling wanderlust gene? As not all Australian settlers were shipped to the penal colony. Perhaps unexpected situations caused immigration?
Dan rejected conformist religious beliefs in Britain, escaping willingly. Charlotte suffered social stigma and Darwinian theories. The author explores real incidents of grief and poverty during the Australian gold rush years.
- Does love bring peace?
- Will understanding and forgiveness return faith in God?
- The 21st century reader may learn of the reality of their ancestors’ lives. And find answers.”
The Fortune Seekers explores possible reasons, as discovered during a decade of ancestry research, into why immigrants made the move to Australia and New Zealand.
These questions haven’t been asked within my own family, and have made me wonder about some big questions.Perhaps there are many Australian who also don’t know their background in the following areas:-
• Was it as simple as the possibility that immigrants possessed the gene of wanderlust?
• Not all early settlers in Australia were shipped out as prisoners going to the penal colony.
• Was there a sinister or serious reason for immigrants who chose to come, to do so? As to uproot a family and move o a pioneering country half the world away is not an every day decis
In my research I discovered two possible reasons:-
1. Religious expectations of the era, that thinking people may not have been prepared to conform to. Leading to deep contemplation about individual Christian faith versus perceived established religious interpretations. Focusing on the non conformists in Calvinism in Great Britain.
2. Social and societies rules – such as marriage between first cousins, illegitimate births etc. The influence of Charles Darwin at the time.
From these suppositions my novel was birthed
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