Overall, this was a rather depressing read, somewhat similar in theme to Adam Bede
In a nutshell:
young woman escapes the clutches of a lecherous tavern owner after the
death of her father by joining a passing Irish family on their way to
the gold fields. She becomes one of the family and its a story just as
much about them as it is her.
Emmy (the heroine) is plain, while
Rose (the Irish daughter) is beautiful. Everyone falls in love with
Rose and no one notices Emmy except as a friend.
comes a time when Emmy saves the life of the man both her and Rose have
fallen in love with. Adam (who is a sea captain) marries Emmy because he
kind of feels he owes it to her, although Rose is the one who stirs his
soul. Well its not the recipe for a happy life for any of them and the
story takes off there.
Remember the old song "Brandy (you're a
fine girl) "? Well that sums this story up pretty well. Even if it
wasn't for the beautiful girl in the background whose trying to steal
the heroine's husband away from her there's still the call of the
sea...either way its all a bit miserable.
I can only think of
one character in this book who really 'got what he set out for '. Apart
from that it was more of a study in bad choices.
But it did hold my interest. Thus the three stars.
SEX : Fade to black
PROFANITY : Mild
VIOLENCE : Mild
PG (For NA and A readers)