Item description for The Heart of Thornton Creek (The Queensland Chronicles Series #1) by Bonnie Leon...
After falling for a handsome young Australian named Daniel Thornton, Rebecca Williams gives up her life in high society Boston and follows him to his father's cattle station deep in the bush country of late 1800s Queensland. As she acclimates herself to her new surroundings and her new family, Rebecca is unpleasantly surprised to find that Daniel's father, Bertram, not only runs the prosperous cattle station, but also runs his son's life. And his influence doesn't stop there. It seems to Rebecca that Bertram oppresses his wife, his servants, his ranch hands, and even the rest of the townsfolk in Thornton Creek! Can Rebecca adjust to her awkward surroundings? Will she ever be able to get along with Bertram's bullying? Or will he drive Rebecca and Daniel apart once and for all?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2005
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 080075896X ISBN13 9780800758967
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 The Heart of Thornton Creek (The Queensland Chronicles Series #1)?
Interesting Premise, Colorful Characters and a Historical 1870s Setting Sep 6, 2006
First in a series aptly subtitled "The Queensland Chronicles," author Bonnie Leon introduces Rebecca Williams, a Boston socialite to Australian cattle rancher, Daniel Thornton.
Despite his father's disapproval Daniel and Rebecca marry and begin their new life together on the family's remote Douloo cattle station in Australia. Not only must Rebecca adapt to her new culture, she has doubts about her love for Daniel and finds herself at odds with his controlling father.
The Heart of Thornton Creek is a timeless study in family conflict and pathos. Rebecca must learn to love her husband and accept her new life, while Daniel is constantly torn between his father and the woman he has married.
Rebecca's only ally is her aborigine servant, Callie and her new mother in law who both must answer as well to the patriarch of the family. From Boston to the outback, Rebecca seeks freedom to be independent and acceptance.
Author Bonnie Leon could have incorporated more of Australian culture to drive the story home. The scene stealer of this book is Callie, Rebecca's aborigine servant with her common sense and folklore delightfully sprinkled throughout the book.
Gripping Fiction! Mar 28, 2006
Bonnie Leon has started another series with the same flare and finness of her previous books. The book opens with action, tension and heartfelt emotions. Those emotions and quandries are woven throughout the book creating a colorful tapestry of life in Thorton Creek and the Douloo Station.
As Rebecca struggles with her grief, her new home in Australia, her loveless marriage and new family, her faith grows as does the faith of her husband and their love for one another begins to bloom. The drama between Rebecca and her father-in-law lends to the intensity of the book as it comes to a climatic end.
A must read for the historical fiction reader!
character driven historical tale Jan 8, 2005
Heart of Thornton Creek Bonnie Leon Revell, 2005, $12.99, 344 pp. ISBN: 080075896X
In 1871 Boston, feisty independent socialite Rebecca Williams meets Aussie Daniel Thornton. He courts her and proposes. Though she has some doubts about dealing with relocating to Australia and not loving Daniel, she accepts because she is fond of him, respects his kindness towards people and lacks money to maintain her current American lifestyle; she hopes to one day love her husband and looks forward to increased freedom Down Under.
The married couple moves to his family's cattle station in Queensland, Australia. There the self-reliant Rebecca runs into problems with Daniels' father Bertram, the iron-fisted patriarch who controls everyone including her husband through his contention of divine commission. She is not what Bertram had in mind for his daughter-in-law as he prefers barefoot, pregnant and fear of brimstone not a spirited defiant Yank.
This character driven historical tale will grip the audience once Rebecca and Bertram meet. The triangular lead trio all feels frustration with one another. Rebecca, who anticipated increased freedom away from home, feels thwart and restricted; Daniel feels yanked in opposite direction by the two most important people in his life; while Bertram thinks a female serpent has entered the station. Together, they make for a deep look at clashing cultures in the opening saga of the Queensland Chronicles.