Fortune's Son by Jennifer Scoullar
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Publication Date: 29th May 2017
Source: own copy
An Australian historical saga that will appeal to readers of Bryce Courtenay and Judy Nunn
Can one man’s revenge become his redemption?
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.
escapes, finding sanctuary with a local philanthropist, Daniel
Campbell, and starts a forbidden relationship with Daniel's daughter,
Belle. But when Luke is betrayed, he must flee or be hanged.
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.
Set in Tasmania in the late 1800’s the first chapter throws the reader straight into the inequality and injustices of class during that time.
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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
About the Author: (courtesy of Goodreads)
Jennifer has always
harboured a deep appreciation and respect for the natural world. Her
house is on a hill-top, overlooking valleys of messmate and mountain
ash. A pair of old eagles live there too. Black-shouldered wallabies
graze by the creek. Eastern Spinebills hover among the callistemon.
Jennifer lives with her family on a beautiful property in the mountains,
that was left to her by her father. Horses have always been her
passion. She grew up on the books of Elyne Mitchell, and all her life
she’s ridden and bred horses, in particular Australian Stock Horses. She
has five published novels. Wasp Season (Sid Harta 2008) Brumby’s Run
(Penguin 2012)Currawong Creek (Penguin 2013) Billabong Bend (Penguin
2014)Turtle Reef (Penguin 2015) and Journey's End (Penguin 2016)
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