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Fortune's Son Kindle Edition
Young Luke Tyler has everything going for him: brains, looks and a larrikin charm that turns heads. The future appears bright, until he defends his sister from the powerful Sir Henry Abbot. His reward is fifteen years hard labour on a prison farm in Tasmania's remote highlands.
Luke escapes, finding sanctuary with a local philanthropist, Daniel Campbell, and starting a forbidden relationship with Daniel's daughter, Belle. But when Luke is betrayed, he must flee or be hanged.
With all seeming lost, Luke sails to South Africa to start afresh. Yet he remains haunted by the past, and by Belle, the woman he can't forget. When he returns to seek revenge and reclaim his life, his actions will have shattering consequences - for the innocent as well as the guilty.
Set against a backdrop of wild Tasmania, Australian gold and African diamonds, Fortune's Son is an epic story of betrayal, love and one man's struggle to triumph over adversity and find his way home.
PRAISE FOR JENNIFER SCOULLAR
'Scoullar, it turns out, is a writer of documentary calibre.lovely, lyrical prose.' The Australian
'Scoullar's writing has a rich complexity. Poetic and visual . the landscape vivid and alive.' Reading, Writing and Riesling
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- ASIN : B06WRS67J9
- Publisher : Penguin eBooks (29 May 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 1582 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 388 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 254,482 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
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!
Fortune’s Son is a great read on it’s own or as part of the trilogy.
Top reviews from other countries
The story focuses on Luke Tyler. After finding his sister raped by her rich and powerful employer, his life is changed forever. He must endure gruelling times and give up those he loves, especially Belle, the love of his life, in order to survive.
I liked Luke's complex character. His ability to endure whilst doubting himself, hatred boiling inside him, yet being fair and just. Not exactly what you would call a hero, making mistakes yet doing good.
This story evokes many emotions. Regret and sorrow for the blight of the land by human kind, anger and sadness at the injustices served to the poor, relief and hope for the future.
Well I was wrong, this is a story that pulls you in. I am with Luke all the way. I feel like I have known him all my life. The countryside is both recognisable but exotic at the same time. The setting is gorgeous.
The green message is subtle but powerful and I like that.
You Australians should be proud of this writer she is the amongst your best.
Just read it you will see what I mean.
I found the book a wee bit hard to get into but a wee bit perseverance and it paid out to stick with it. Adventurous and matters of the heart are the main theme of this book. Written well.
Having visited Tassie I could visualise the landscape really spectacular.