I have enjoyed this novel very much, and I am interested in how you have planned for this novel. ‘Fortune Seekers’ is an action packed, suspenseful and romantic novel, that I would definitely recommend to anyone. I loved the novel, keep it up. 10/10
PS. I can not wait to read the next book
PPS. This was a short review that I did in my spare time hope you like it!
From your dearest grandson Luke
Book US Review 2018
1. The US Review of Books (w/ Eric Hoffer) for my book, The Fortune Seekers – Dan and Charlotte, revised second edition, has been completed. It’s interesting reading. I hadn’t seen Eric Hoffer’s interpretation between the lines.
The Fortune Seekers: Dan and Charlotte
by Glennis Browne
reviewed by Eric Hoffer Staff at The US Review of Books
“.”I know my adversary. This is a spiritual battle between good and evil.”
Dan and Charlotte, both questioners of established Christian doctrine circa the 1800s, seek to leave behind their renegade reputations in Wales and England by escaping into what they hope is their promised land of Australia. But the stability allowing for their navel-watching philosophy is overwhelmed by the need to simply survive in the Social Darwinist world of the Australian gold rush. Through this adventure, they discover answers to theological and cosmic questions. For readers, tales of heroic ancestors might be a familiar yarn, but this book takes the reader into the 18th-century world of Australia, where survival was the first order of the day.
Having put the reader into the mindset of an 18th-century rebel/adventurer, the author gives the story of taking care of one’s family a universal appeal. Faced with these daily travails, the characters are provided answers to theological questions that forced them out of Wales and England.
Themes of a “brave new land” abound, Browne delivers the promise and struggle of courageous people who settle a new frontier. The author is skilled in making the reader feel the sweaty and unstable atmosphere, where cabin-fevered treasure hunters and lurking threats in the dead of night prey upon the emigrants who flocked to Australia. Yet in spite of this dangerous climate, the author imparts to readers why so many regarded the country as signifying a second chance for those who could not compete in England. It’s memorable prose and story, grounded in history.
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Reviews Deb Goddard
Loved the book, the story line was based on fact but interwoven into a fictional novel. This could be any family’s history which made it all the more entertaining.
Sonia May, Noosa Qld.
I met you at the Noosa Marina markets a couple of months ago and purchased your book. I’ve just finished reading it and loved it !!! Looking forward to the next one.
Author: Barry Brailford
I wrote an Amazon review for you. Hopefully, you will see it soon. I also posted the review to Goodreads.
Nicole O’Connor New Zealand
This story explores the hardships and unyielding religious attitudes of people living in the mid-1800s. It takes the reader on a journey from the Welsh countryside to early Australia where the characters must forge a fresh start while living in rudimentary conditions. They have little on hand other than hard work, determination and the ability to survive. It deals with their mental hurdles as they endeavour to live good lives while being responsible parents. They have little to look forward to other than a rare visit to distant family. A subliminal parallel between modern life and early settlers unfolds causing the reader to consider their comparative blessing.
Book Reviews Amazon
😢finished reading ‘ the Fortune Seekers’ hooked, hope ‘The Fortune Seekers 2’ comes out soon – and then 3, 4, 5, 6 and many more are published – this is an addictive story 👏🏻
27 January 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
Wow! Well done to the author. Each time I put the book down, I couldn’t wait to get back to it. I was captivated nearly all the way through. I’m really looking forward to Part 2. Will her husband come back to spoil her happiness? I wonder! Definitely a 5/5
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It explores hard-line Calvinistic attitudes during the mid-1800s.
17 February 2018 – Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Fortune Seekers – Dan and Charlotte: Book One of a Series This story explores the hardships and unyielding religious attitudes of people living in the mid-1800s. It takes the reader on a journey from the Welsh countryside to early Australia where the characters must forge a fresh start while living in rudimentary conditions. They have little on hand other than hard work, determination and the ability to survive. It deals with their mental hurdles as they endeavour to live good lives while being responsible parents. They have little to look forward to other than a rare visit to distant family. A subliminal parallel between modern life and early settlers unfolds causing the reader to consider their comparative blessing.
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Review by Author Tim Gurung (Four out of five stars)
This book is very nicely written, has black & white photographs to embolden …, August 28, 2016
By Tim I gurung
This review is from: The Fortune Seekers Dan and Charlotte: Book One of a Series (Kindle Edition)
This book is not only a historical novel but also a history by itself and everyone who has roots from the British side must read this book. The book is very nicely written, has black & white photographs to embolden the story, and make you feel like you were traveling with them. I also learned a little piece of history, e.g. why it has anything to do with the word ‘bastards’ and I am grateful to the writer for clearing that as well. While reading this book, I couldn’t help but felt like I was watching those old Western movies when people were moving around and living a life of gypsies. It is definitely a very good book, easy but interesting reading and the highly recommended. The book is quite long though, so, prepare yourself for a long and enjoyable ride. I am not sure if it was based on true story but I genuinely felt that way.
Have a read of this preview of The Fortune Seekers.
I invite you to journey with Dan and Charlotte, who this story is about, as they work through personal issues.
Are they to be overcomer’s?
Will they find the fortune they have been seeking?
And what does it really mean to be a fortune seeker?
Pre release Reviews
- It was a pleasure be asked pre read this wonderful story.
- My suggestion was to portray clearly, Dan and Charlotte’s actual physical love for each other, which in my opinion brought it to really jump off the pages. And felt like I was there.
- I personally know you and am delighted that you are able to share your family history in this way. I dearly love the way you are telling the story as it is.
- And I wish you nothing but luck.
Regards, Bev Takken (Australia).
- I know it has taken me a while but I have finished reading the two parts of your story “The Fortune Seekers.”
- I have to tell you that I have found it a great story. It defintely held my interest and I found that it was easy to get engaged and involved with the main characters inspite of them being my ancestors.
- I felt the emotional aspect of Daniels earlier life was understandable considering life at that time in history and the huge impact and power religion and churches held during those times.
- It must have been quite a challenge to portray Daniels emotions and thoughts in words. I have really enjoyed following his and Charlottes journey through their early life and look forward to reading how different life will be for both of them now that they are both on Australian soil and of course how their romance works out.
My new friend Jill (below) tells me she is loving the book from the very beginning – even from the introduction. And that as she has been reading she has stopped, thinking, “I wonder where this is leading?’ And then reads a little more. Then wow! “There it is -all clear! Thanks Jill, for your encouragement.
- A great story. The struggle to break out in a time of conformity.
- A time of questioning when questions were scarcely asked.
- I’d be surprised if you didn’t insert yourself into the story.
- And maybe it’s your time to be the story. A nudge like this may be all it takes.
John Nuyten (Australia). (Photo not available)