Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Charter to Redemption by DJ Blackmore

Charter to Redemption by D.J. Blackmore 

About the Book 
At the close of 1821, the penal colony of Newcastle looks to be every bit as black as it's painted.  Emma Colchester charters a ride to Australia with a promise of marriage to a man she has never met.  But appearances aren't always as they seem.  And with a commitment unavoidable Emma learns that shackles are not always forged from iron.  Tobias Freeman longs for redemption and hope.  After a rough journey to New South Wales, Tobias learns the rations, the regulations, and the reprisal.  But neither Emma nor Tobias expect the repercussions.

Title: Charter to Redemption
Author: D.J. Blackmore
Publisher: Even Before Publishing (May 1, 2014)
Release Date: May 1, 2014
Genre: Historical Fiction

D.J. Blackmore grew up in the wine growing region of the Hunter Valley, New South Wales and is currently based in Central Queensland.  She draws inspiration for her historical fiction novels from her love of age-old crafts such as spinning and cheese making.  She considers being the mother of five, her greatest achievement. 

My Review - 

Charter to Redemption takes place in the early days of the Australian penal colonies near Sydney. D.J. Blackmore has captured the harsh and hostile setting showing an interesting cast of characters, which includes male and female convicts, officers, and the residents who support the penal colony.  The book shows the deprivations suffered by the early settlers, convict and free, and hints at the strength of character it took to survive and thrive in the early years of Australia. 

This is the debut novel from DJ Blackmore and I’ll can't wait to read her next book, a sequel to Charter to Redemption.  You should read this book if you like Christian romance.