Years of Stone: Book 2 of the McDonnell Clan

Years of Stone Book of the McDonnell Clan In Deidre Scott leaves the Orkneys in Scotland to follow Mac McDonnell the man she loves a fisherman sentenced to a seven year sentence for resisting evictions Their ship runs aground just as

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  • Title: Years of Stone: Book 2 of the McDonnell Clan
  • Author: Beth Camp
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In 1842, Deidre Scott leaves the Orkneys in Scotland to follow Mac McDonnell, the man she loves, a fisherman sentenced to a seven year sentence for resisting evictions Their ship runs aground just as they reach the dreaded penal colony in Van Diemen s Land present day Tasmania As Mac toils on a road gang, Deidre cobbles together a job Befriended by Lady Franklin, theIn 1842, Deidre Scott leaves the Orkneys in Scotland to follow Mac McDonnell, the man she loves, a fisherman sentenced to a seven year sentence for resisting evictions Their ship runs aground just as they reach the dreaded penal colony in Van Diemen s Land present day Tasmania As Mac toils on a road gang, Deidre cobbles together a job Befriended by Lady Franklin, the wife of world famous explorer, Sir John Franklin, Deidre finds a way to reassign Mac to Doc Morrell in Hobart Town But Doc cannot help him once Mac fights with Constable Johnson Mac must find a way to survive the prison at Port Arthur Can Deidre and Mac build a new life for themselves in this rough and tumble penal colony Years of Stone was a Quarter finalist in 2014 s s Breakthrough Novel Award ABNA competition ABNA reviewers commented Years of Stone grips from the beginning, and is not to be missed.

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    1. 3.5 starsI’ve always enjoyed Historical Fiction and Beth Camp’s Years of Stone didn’t disappoint. The novel is well researched and tells much of Tasmania’s early history and politics of the 1840’s.The story follows the differing conditions for a free settler, a male convict and a female convict all arriving in Tasmania aboard the “Brilliant”.Deidre, the free settler, is feisty and determined. She is well educated and respected and is soon befriended by the aristocracy of Hobart Tow [...]

    2. A ship bearing Deidre, the protagonist, sinks just short of the Tasmanian shore. Thankfully, Tasmania is the final destination, a penal colony where Deidre's love has been for the past seven years. Immediately the drama begins. Diedre and a little girl from the ship fall into the ocean before they can make it safely ashore. Several of the women have met with the same fate, many have drowned, and Deidre struggles to save herself and Amalie, the little girl. On shore, safe from the dangers of oce [...]

    3. Tasmania in the 1840’s and Mac McDonnell has been transported from his Scottish island home for protesting about the evictions of crofters in midwinter to make way for sheep. His sweetheart, Deirdre takes a passage on the ‘Brilliant’ to be with him. They both survive after the ship founders on the shore, and Mac is taken to work on a road gang. Deirdre, now without any possessions, struggles to make a living. This is the story of the unspeakable hardships and cruelties undergone by the tra [...]

    4. An interesting, three-and-a-half-star readNote: I encourage the prospective reader to take this review with a grain of salt. It is simply my own personal (and perhaps flawed) interpretation of the book.If you’re looking for a book that’s one part romance, and one part female empowerment, then Years of Stone is for you. I highly recommend Years of Stone to romance and family-oriented readers of either gender seeking a female-positive, uplifting tale of triumph over severe adversity.Neverthele [...]

    5. Historical fiction is brutal. I wince and cringe when characters I love are subjected to one trial, tragedy or injustice after another. Beth Camp is a writer like no other for bringing to life people who are so real, you'd swear she met them in real life, or via time travel. Her years of careful research and travels to the sites of her novels really show. It also shows that she was an English teacher back in the day when schools taught correct usage of the language rather than the new watered-do [...]

    6. In the first book of Beth Camp’s series on the McDonnell clan, we get to meet the whole family. I don’t want to tell you how that book ends, but I will say that you want to read more about these people. In book two, “Years of Stone”, Beth focuses in on two characters, Mac the head of the clan, and Deidre, the woman who loves him and puts everything on the line for him. And I mean everything. She is one dedicated chick. She will stop at nothing to keep Mac in her life, but along the way, [...]

    7. Mac McDonnell has been sentenced to seven years in Van Diemen’s Land. His love, Deidre (‘I am affianced.’) Scott, follows him there on the same ship, Brilliant. The novel opens with the ship sinking. Can Deidre overcome the series of obstacles keeping them apart? Years of Stone is a novel full of rich detail. Real persons from the time, such as the Franklins. are woven seamlessly into the fabric of the story, and the setting feels authentic. The story worms its way through every stratum of [...]

    8. What I love about Beth Camp’s writing is first, of course, her careful characterization of Dierdre and Mac, her protagonists, and, yes, her tight, exciting plot as Dierdre searches for and finds Mac after he’s been shipped to Australia as a felon and against all odds they find a home there, but for me, what I love is her fanaticism for research that page after page yields the precise, telling detail. Years of Stone is a rich, emotional read; highly recommended!Author video at: booksmyfriends [...]

    9. Sequel. to Book One - Standing Stones. The author spent a lot of time getting the facts accurate which made this historical fiction enjoyable to read. The story depicts what life was like back in 18th century Scotland for the hard working people of the time and the injustices they had to endure. The punishment in those days was to banish criminals for any offense to Van Damien Island now known as Tasmania. Just getting there took over 4 months under terrible conditions and if you made it alive, [...]

    10. Another great book in this trilogy. Years of Stone follows the story of Deirdre and Mac while Mac serves his sentence at a penal system in Tasmania. While Mac attempts to just survive the terrible conditions and corruption of the prisons system, Deirdre works very hard to save him. I am looking forward to the next book in McDonnell families struggles.

    11. Brilliant book! The continuation of the McDonnell story is just as gripping and real as the first novel. The fascinating characters and vivid historic landscape give a real sense of the life in early Australian colonies. Can't wait for the next book!!

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