29 March 2011
Book Review Mary's Guardian by Carol Preston
William is used to looking after the street kids in England, but when transported as a convict expectations change. Mary has been on the streets as long as she can remember as well and expects to have to fight for survival in Australia. She is surprised when she meets up with Williams, who she hasn't seen for 10 years. She is more surprised when he proposes marriage. But their journey through convict and family life is anything but happily ever after. Through grief, crisis after crisis, triumphs, friendships, love and faith they grow in the harsh new country. A fictional story based on true events and characters that are not only believable but based on true convicts and settlers of Australia.
I was given the opportunity to review this book for my bookshop and all I can say is I am so thankful. This book is wonderful. It starts with William and Mary on the streets in England and then they are sent to Australia as convicts on the first fleet. The horrid conditions on the ship were bad enough but arriving in Australia they have to build everything and the food is scarce and the behavior of many is deplorable. We see the settlement of Paramatta opened up then the Hawkesbury area opened up. Reading the trying conditions the early settlers and convicts had to work in makes me appreciate what they did to make my country so good. It was also interesting to see Australia wasn't founded on Christian foundations. There were ministers but alot of them where there for themselves and not for the people or for God. I love the story between Mary and William and I can't wait to read the next book in the series. This is a good read and for anyone who loves Australia history you will learn alot from this book.