Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

ACRBA Tour: Tangled Secrets by Carol Preston

on March 9, 2013
4 – 8 March
Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance
is introducing
Tangled Secrets
(Even Before Publishing Sept 2012)
Carol Preston
Available at Amazon for $1.99 for the month of March
About the Author
Carol lives in Wollongong, NSW with her husband, Neil. As well as writing novels based on her family history, Carol has a private counselling practice and enjoys reading, gardening, spending time with her four grandchildren and bushwalking. She has pursued with great admiration the lives of her ancestors in Australia and has greatly enjoyed writing novels based on their stories and the inspiring history of the Australian people. For more information about Carol’s books and her other interests she can be contacted on her website:

About the book

In tragic circumstances Beth and her brothers are left in England to grow up without their parents. When Beth’s childhood dream to be reunited with her father in Australia finally eventuates she finds that dreams do not always come true.The reality she faces is a tangled web of disappointment, deceit and mistakes. Further abandonment follows. Will she ever find true love? And will she discover she doesn’t have to be alone before it is too late?Set in the early colonial days of New South Wales and based on real characters in the mid 1800s.Revisit Charlotte and Thomas from Charlotte’s Angel and Mary’s Guardian, and meet new characters in this new novel by Carol Preston. Mary’s Guardian was a finalist in the fiction section of CALEB 2011.
My Opinion:
Wow, Wow, and Wow!  At first the book was a bit slow moving but it quickly picked up pace and became a very enjoyable read – the book begins with the beginning of what will become the continent of Australia.  Most know that Australia started as a penal colony but most of us forget those who lived there, even if they were criminals, had families – many who were still in England.  That said I have not read the other two books in the series but I so want to, regardless this book will stand alone and it’s easy enough to figure out the characters who help Beth with her tumultuous marriage and relationship with her step-mom.
If you enjoy history, this is a wonderful book – even if your not Australian – the book is based on real people though names have been changed as well as real historical facts of Australia.  My heart went out to Beth, as she longs for more children but her husband is unable to be a husband so that is a dream put away, and she wonders if they’ll ever be love for her.  God works through each of these character’s lives and they will become real to you, as they did me as you read about their lives.

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