Suzannah’s Gold is an Australian historical fiction novel set in the mid 1800s. The story follows the life of a young girl transported unfairly from Ireland to Australia when she was only thirteen years old. She experiences new hopes and tragedy, horror and joy.
The book is based on some real historical situations. Some of the characters are real people. Carol Preston has obviously done a lot of research and it shows.
The story highlights the struggles that the early settlers in our country faced, making a life for themselves in an environment that was often hostile and unforgiving. I gained a new-found respect for our pioneers from reading it.
Suzannah’s spiritual journey throughout her life was interesting to read. It was fascinating to see the denominational conflicts that arise in those early days of colonisation. There might have been more grace demonstrated if other people had been as level-headed as Suzannah’s character.
Anyone who is interested in Australian history will find a great tale with a ‘a little of everything’, from romance to rampaging bush-rangers.