Press Release August 2016

New book follows ‘The Fortune Seekers – Dan and Charlotte’Author Glennis Browne chronicles compelling tale of 18th century immigrants in Australia

NOOSA, Australia – Author Glennis Browne explains why immigrants moved to Australia in the 1800s through her debut novel, “The Fortune Seekers – Dan and Charlotte” (published by Xlibris AU). The author explores real incidents of grief and poverty during the Australian gold rush years. Does love bring peace? Will understanding and forgiveness return faith in God? The 21st century reader may learn of the reality of their ancestors’ lives and find answers in this book.

Dan and Charlotte need to make courageous decisions. Dan, a deep thinker, challenges accepted beliefs of a Christian denomination gaining converts throughout the century. Branded a rebellious non conformist, he longs to escape confusing religious doctrinal beliefs. Charlotte sees ahead a lifetime of shame and disgrace. Separately, they begin adventurous and challenging lives, joining the thousands of emigrants who join the early pioneers in Australia. In this novel, the struggles of supporting large families and dealing with grief and poverty during the Australian gold rush years come alive. But can real love change everything?

An excerpt from the book:

‘This isn’t the freedom I’m after!’ His cry is from his heart.

‘You misunderstand freedom, Daniel. You want freedom? Then break free, step off into the unknown. Come follow me!’

The mocking voice drives his confused mind unrelentingly into a place of greater instability.

With its well-drawn characters and riveting plot, “The Fortune Seekers – Dan and Charlotte” is a book of crisis, hope, adventure and challenge. It shows the repercussions of sexual experimentation, marital infidelity and loving relationships as they are.

About the Author

Glennis Browne began writing as a child. Completing a 12-chapter book in an exercise book and three comic story books, she unfortunately lost all of them over the years. Later while in teacher training, she wrote children’s books. After the advent of the computer, she wrote her autobiography. Her interest in historical research brought to light questions of why certain situations happened within her family such as emigration and religious thinking. After undertaking biblical studies and doing emotional healing training, these questions about her past kept resurfacing. A decade of family tree and historical research birthed the first of the series of “The Fortune Seekers.” Born in New Zealand, she immigrated to Australia with her husband, to live closer to their two sons and their families.

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