~ An Aussie Review ~
It is the time of Australia's harsh rogue-filled goldrush of the 1850s when Miss Penelope Worthington suddenly finds herself orphaned, isolated and alone. With a large sheep station to run single-handedly, she has little option but to enlist the aid of a mysterious, but sinister stranger. But who is the more treacherous? Gus-the scruffy, trespassing, ex-convict who co-incidentally shows up looking for work just when she desperately needs a farmhand or Rupert-the handsome, wealthy neighbour who would willingly marry her at the drop of a hat and solve her apparent dilemma? Repeatedly, her faith is tested as she faces the unforgiving elements, deceit, lies and uncertainty. But where and how will it all end? But...is it the end? Will vengeance return or will Penny's faith prevail? Amanda Deed is the award winning author of The Game, which was awarded the CALEB Fiction Prize in 2010. (copied from Goodreads)
~Inspirational Christian Historical Romance ~
After reading Amanda Deed’s, ‘The Game,’ I could not wait to read Ellenvale Gold. Though it was a great read, it wasn’t the nostalgic magnificence that The Game was.
Thoughts while reading…
Do you consider yourself above … or below others? Throughout Ellenvale Gold a major theme is class or where you stand in society. Back in the 1850s those with higher a status never thanked their servants and basically treated all convicts like dirt. While reading I thought back to my own upbringing, and I did have thoughts of being better than others, how wrong I was. We are all equal in God’s eyes.
The strong Christian themes in Ellenvale Gold reminded me to take the big decisions to God and not try to work everything out myself.
Ellenvale Gold is the first in the Jackson Creek series. Amanda has set the scene beautifully for the next book.
Your first two books are historical romances, is this your favourite genre? And do you think you’ll always write in this genre?
Historical Romance is definitely my favourite genre. As far as always goes - probably not. I do have ideas for tween novels and YA novels and fantasies - well, too many ideas really. I guess I'll have to see how it all pans out.
Being a musician, does this influence your writing? If so how?
I haven't used my knowledge of music to a great extent so far. But I would like to write a novel or two with musical characters in them. In my current WIP my leading lady is proficient on the piano and has a lovely singing voice, but I would like to make it the main focus of a character sometime in the future.
Do you have a favourite author?
My very, very favourite happens to be Stephen Lawhead. Almost every time I pick up one of his novels, I am dreading the end by the time I'm a few chapters in - I know it will be over soon and I'll have to wait a long time for the next one.
Have you panned for gold?
Possibly some time in my childhood, with my rellies who lived out near Ballarat, or when we visted Sovereign Hill. But not that I can remember clearly. It would be fun to do though, I think.
I purchased a copy of Ellenvale Gold. Then I won a copy through Narelle Atkins. So Instead of keeping both I thought I'd give one away. A huge thank you to Amanda Deed and Narelle.