Little Lost Girl

Little Lost Girl A little girl vanished years ago Her name was Sophie Where did she go An old house in Balmain A portrait and perfume bottle hidden in a chimney Unknown and untouched while a century passed their

  • Title: Little Lost Girl
  • Author: Graham Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780995431300
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
  • A little girl vanished 100 years ago Her name was Sophie Where did she go An old house in Balmain A portrait and perfume bottle hidden in a chimney Unknown and untouched, while a century passed, their memory slowly fading Glimpses of an eight year old girl and her school friend, missing, never found The grief of those left behind, those who searched, those who yeaA little girl vanished 100 years ago Her name was Sophie Where did she go An old house in Balmain A portrait and perfume bottle hidden in a chimney Unknown and untouched, while a century passed, their memory slowly fading Glimpses of an eight year old girl and her school friend, missing, never found The grief of those left behind, those who searched, those who yearned So begins a journey to discover an Australian family, five generations, from 1840 to today Buried in their past is the story of a long lost girl and the pain her vanishing left behind Fragments slowly emerge from within the walls, stories of those who built and lived in this place Her identity is revealed but her disappearance remains a mystery A chance discovery gives a vital clue Set around beautiful Sydney Harbour, this is the story of people and place, from early colonisation to the present day This book is the first in the Old Balmain House Series It is a new and revised edition of the previously titled The Old Balmain House.

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    1. Sophie was eight years old when she vanished with her best friend Matty. They were seen walking in the opposite direction from home as they left school in the afternoon, but no one saw them after that. It would be one hundred years before the mystery of Sophie and Matty’s disappearance was solved.Balmain, a suburb of Sydney, overlooked the water – the old weatherboard home built by Archibald Rodgers in the mid 1800s for his wife Hannah and their children not long after their arrival from Eng [...]

    2. QAs one who is passionately addicted to history this story ticked every box. A story in which anyone of us could have played a part,set in an astonishingly real early Sydney. The characters are so vividly draw and remind us so poignantly of just how Sydney developed,relying on the courage and the sheer guts of its wildly disparate people to create the cosmopolitan and beautiful city we all share today. This story about a few of the humble families who were in fact our unsung heroes,living out th [...]

    3. Since I am into Genealogy I loved the way the stories intermingled with each other. Also familiar with North American settlers made reading about the settlers in Australia intriguing . Would recommend this book to all who are interested in history and settlement of new worlds.

    4. I was interested in the title of this novel as there is a place in Trinidad which is also called Balmain so i started this novel with great expectations. The story told in the novel is fast moving and tells the story of a pioneer family in Australia and their joys and hardships. At some points the story is actually too fast moving and it is easy to lose track of where we are in the generations as the author seems to be in a hurry to bring the story to its conclusion.I got what i thought was a de [...]

    5. Following the joys and sorrows of a multi-generation family, I found this book very relaxing to read. The writing is a bit stilted at times, but not to the point of being detrimental to the overall story.

    6. As an amateur family historian, it's always interesting to read how other writers dramatise and adapt different aspects of family history, so this book held intrinsic interest for me. It was well plotted and the sense of place was conveyed with great flair. I felt there were some anachronisms in the book, like a woman having her baby in an infirmary ( it was set in early Sydney) and working class children attending school at age 15, but I could be wrong about this. I also got a bit confused with [...]

    7. I really enjoyed this novel. It weaves its way through generations of early settlers in Sydney, drawing you in with a series of poignant characters.

    8. I received this off Smashwords. It's taken me a while to get back to it. I set it aside, and then decided, once I started up again with The Old Balmain House. I couldn't put it down. The descriptions of the houses, the towns, and the people around the main characters help make the story of Sophie and her bottle a wonderful story.

    9. Set in around inner Sydney. Graham Wilson blends and blurs real geographic setting and history, including a family history and mystery. For me a fascinating mix – i.e. the general geography/layout of Sydney/Balmain is geographically correct and the historic fiction he weaves within this area over the nineteenth and early twentieth century is engrossing and believable. For the many of us who are descended from migrant families, whether our descendants settled in Australia or in some other part [...]

    10. The Old Balmain HauseI thought the book was interesting, but I got bored . It was kind of confusing trying to keep the names of the family members and who belonged to who.

    11. I received this book through a Giveaway. I picked it up today and sped right through it, that's always a good sign! The chapters are nice and short and at just under 200 pages, the story was face paced. I was consistently engaged in the story with the different characters and periods. Graham Wilson demonstrates great writing, there were paragraphs that I reread because I just thought they were beautifully written. I look forward to continuing on with the series!

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