Item description for Longings of the Heart (Sydney Cove Series #2) by Bonnie Leon...
Overview It's the early 1800s and the wondrous land of Australia is full of possibilities as settlers stake their claims. Hannah and John are settling some land in New South Wales and hoping to start a family. But their bright hopes for the future are clouded with trouble. As they try unsuccessfully to have a baby, Hannah suffers from guilt over her past. Now this haunts her and her relationship with John--she's never told her husband about this chapter of her life.
Publishers Description It's the early 1800s and the wondrous land of Australia is full of possibilities as settlers stake their claims. Hannah and John are settling some land in New South Wales and hoping to start a family. But their bright hopes for the future are clouded with trouble. As they try unsuccessfully to have a baby, Hannah suffers from guilt over her past. Now this haunts her and her relationship with John--she's never told her husband about this chapter of her life. Full of the kind of emotional longings romance readers crave, "Longings of the Heart "is the heart-rending second book in the Sydney Cove series. Established and new Leon fans alike will finish this story wanting more.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.61 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2008
Series Sydney Cove
Series Number 2
ISBN 0800731778 ISBN13 9780800731779
Availability 0 units.
More About Bonnie Leon
Bonnie Leon is the bestselling author of more than ten historical fiction novels, including Touching the Clouds. She stays busy teaching women's Bible studies and speaking at writing seminars and conventions. She and her husband, Greg, live in Oregon.
Bonnie Leon currently resides in Glide, in the state of Oregon.
Reviews - What do customers think about Longings of the Heart (Sydney Cove Series #2)?
History with a Heart Nov 20, 2009
Bonnie Leon is one of my favorite authors. Each series holds a charm of its own, but Longings of the Heart is some of Bonnie's best work. She knows how to record history with a heart. She draws the reader into the character's world and establishes a relationship that the reader wants to keep forever. Good stuff, Bonnie.
More like 4.5 stars Apr 17, 2009
Issues in this book, while presented in a historical setting, are things that people deal with today and apply to contemporary families. Things such as infertility, guilt, misplaced anger, jealousy, fear, and issues related to trust. The author applies just enough pressure and angst into the lives of her characters to keep you reading until you close the book. Her emotional scenes are moving and her conflict is realistic. I loved the marital tension, especially the romantic parts in the beginning. John is a dreamy husband, yet he is all man. I did get mad at him a few times, but c'est la vie.
The setting was also well done. I sweated right along with the characters and itched when they were bit by those stinking bugs, too. Overall I adored this story, and in particular I enjoyed how the story ended. I almost felt like giving a standing ovation to those brave souls. That scene was soooo well done. Then I got a sneak peek at the content in the third book and the conflict presented and I was like....WHAT!!! Now I have to read it and find out how John deals with the mess he finds himself in. Just when you think all is well down under...sigh. If only these characters didn't seem so real to me, then maybe it wouldn't BUG me so much that they find themselves in another seemingly impossible situation that only God can help them out of!
Newlyweds in the Outback Feb 27, 2009
Hannah and John have settled down and gotten married in their new home in Australia. Now down with their prison sentences, they are ready to move on and start a new life and family together. However starting a family just isn't happening for the two of them. Hannah is worried that it's her fault, and that what happened in the past is coming back to haunt her. She knows she has to tell John but is scared as to what will happen. Then her secret gets out and is being used to blackmail the couple. Will they be able to survive this or is life as convicts starting to look easier than life as newlyweds?
Australian history has always been fascinating to me. It just is amazing that the country was colonized to be a place for prisoners. It's an amazing history and in my opinion, more interesting that the US! This book however focuses more on John and Hannah's relationship than on the Australian history. It was fun reading about how they were adapting to being newlywed's and having to adapt to each other. Being in the environment they were in, made life stressful so having to add a new marriage on top of that would have added more fuel to fire! I found Hannah's reaction to being an adoptive mother very surprising for a Christian novel. Normally everyone is all about hugs and being 100% loving from the beginning. However, I found her response to Thomas to be more realistic especially with what she had been going through. I enjoyed the story very much. As in the first book in the series, it's an engaging tale with memorable characters in a unique setting. The only thing that bugged me about the story was John getting angry with Hannah about what had happened to her. I can understand his being mad about her keeping it a secret from him. She should have told this to him after they got married so he could understand her feelings. What I didn't like was that he acted like she had committed a terrible sin for what happened to her in the past. It wasn't her fault and I wanted to smack him for even thinking about blaming her! I got so frustrated with him to the point that I was actually glad to read how guilty and distressed he was for not being there to protect Hannah in her time of need. Luckily he soon regained my approval later on in the book. The ending of the book was quite satisfying. People got what they deserved and the book did not have a cliched "everyone forgives" ending. I quite prefer what happened because it rings more true than the aforementioned ending. I was thinking, what would be totally awesome is if somehow this series and the Queensland Chronicles series was connected. I would have to go back and check on the dates between the two series but it'd be fun to have a cameo of someone from the Queensland series pop up in this set. I've always enjoyed Bonnie's books and this one was no different. I'll be eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series!
A rewarding sequel to "To Love Anew" Nov 11, 2008
Longings of the Heart is a book about the consequences that follow when Hannah Bradshaw decides to withhold a truth about her past from her husband, John. Her decision to lie to him by omission creates ripples that affect many lives. A friendship is sundered, a marriage threatened, and a man violates his principles--all as a result of Hannah's decision.
Bonnie Leon has written a compelling story that draws the reader deeper and deeper as the consequences continue to unfold. Using the fascinating backdrop of early-day Australia, Leon brings her all-too-human characters to vibrant life on the page.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
Well done! Oct 29, 2008
I've just finished reading Longings of The Heart, by Bonnie Leon, and was delighted with this sequel to To Love Anew. Once again, I was transported to the outback of Australia in a way that only Bonnie can do. Longings is a bit different from Bonnie's other books. It lacks much of the exciting conflict that carries through most of her writing, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. While Hannah and John's story was a bit slower and quieter than the first book, I found it to be compelling and believable. Together they faced many situations we face in our time including issues of forgiveness, trust, and love. The characters are honest, transparent and I easily identified with each of them. This book is steady, calm, and full of believable faith moments. I was disappointed to reach the end of it. I didn't say I was disappointed in the end, I loved the ending. I was disappointed to have finished it. Longings of The Heart is a great book to curl up with on a rainy weekend. Well written!