Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Far Away Home - Susan Denning

Far Away Home, an American Historical NovelFar Away Home, an American Historical Novel by Susan Denning
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From Goodreads - In post-Civil War New York City, sixteen-year-old Aislynn Denehy cannot find a job, she has no place to live and no family to help her. Some might think this is a problem; Aislynn believes it 's an opportunity, but she has a lot to learn. No formulaic romance, this love story depicts life as it truly was for the thousands of women who went west reaching for a new life. Aislynn 's journey begins in a New York City tenement and leads her across the frontier to a Utah mining camp where she must cope with the conflicting intentions of three very different men. Life in the roughshod camp brings small joys and devastating losses. This novel races through authentic experiences involving historical events until it erupts in an unexpected ending.

What an enjoyable read this free Kindle book was.

The story of Aislynn a young woman in New York in the mid 1800s an orphan, brought up mainly by men in particular Tim, her guardian after the death of her mother.

She is devoted to Tim who rescued her as a baby. When he moves to Utah to work in a mining town alongside the railway being constructed she follows him, accompanied by the loyal Johnny whos adoration of her isn't at first reciprocated. struggling to sort out her feelings of love for these 2 men, she journeys across the frontier in a Mormon wagon trail, facing hardships and loss on the way.

Life in Utah is difficult and still not much more than a child she has to begin to grow up fast. Despite her naivety and some poor decisions she begins to develop a strength of character and feisty determination which helps her as she grows into womanhood.

Her mixed feelings for the enigmatic and rich Liam Moran, confuse her even further, but we see her begin to settle down building a business and settling with the man she discovers she really loves - until tragedy strikes and thraetens to take everything she has struggled for away.

The writing is good not perfect, there are a few flaws and inconsistencies along the way, some conversations in the middle are very stilted as though the author intended to go back and flesh them out and forgot a few chapters! but overall the story is sufficiently compelling and the heroine interesting enough to allow one to gloss over these shortcomings and lose oneself in Frontier America where the historical detail and descriptions are thorough and well written.

I thought this was quite similar in style to Belle and may appeal to anyone who enjoyed this

I would enjoy a sequel as there is so much more to discover about what happens to Aislynn after this story ends.

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