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JO CARROLL decided that thirty years working with traumatised children is long enough. Besides, if she left it much longer she would be too creaky to fulfil her adolescent dream of travelling round the world. So, armed with little more than general ignorance, a diary, and insatiable curiosity, off she went. A grown-up gap year. Except she didn’t always feel like a grown-up.
on March 31, 2017 :
I was in Liverpool, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland - not now, but nearly two hundred years ago. Actually, I've only been to one of those places and what I saw in no way prepared me for what I read in this book. The descriptions are so vivid, the scenes so real that I felt I was there with the characters, through all their hopes and suffering.
I've never read a historical story that has held my attention as this one did. Most historical fiction has sections that are less interesting, that I have to struggle through to move on to more appealing parts. But this novel captivated me throughout.
I've read Jo Carroll's travel memoirs, but never realised she was capable of this. I salute her and sincerely hope she's planning more novels like this one.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)