Sarah Thornhill

Sarah Thornhill

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Sarah is the youngest child of William Thornhill, an uneducated ex-convict from London who has built his fortune on the blood of Aboriginal people. With a fine stone house and plenty of money, Thornhill has re-invented himself. As he tells his daughter, he "never looks back," and Sarah grows up learning not to ask about the past. Instead her eyes are on handsome Jack Langland, whom she's loved since she was a child. Their romance seems destined, but the ugly secret in Sarah's family is poised to ambush them both.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2011], ©2011
ISBN: 9780802120243
Branch Call Number: FICTION Gre
Description: 307 pages ; 23 cm


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martins_mom Sep 15, 2015

I read Grenville's "Secret River" some time ago, and was enthralled with this sequel. Her writing is rich is description and characterization.

Nov 24, 2014

When is the movie coming? The book begs for it to be made.

Oct 28, 2013

This novel is a sequel to "Secret River" and completes the trilogy that includes "The Lieutenant". It tells the story of Sarah Thornhill, the daughter of William Thornhill of "Secret River". Sarah does not know of her father's past actions which have been kept secret and are revealed to her only just before her father's death. The book is less successful than "Secret River" but is nevertheless a good and important story about a dark part of Australia's history that continues to the present day in that society's treatment of aborigines. The book is really a kind of atonement.

Cdnbookworm Sep 16, 2012

Every novel I read by Kate Grenville confirms her as a wonderful writer. Sarah Thornhill's story begins as a child, the youngest child of William Thornhill. William came to Australia as a convict, but worked hard and became a landowner, with a nice house on the Hawkesbury River. Sarah isn't a demure girl, but one who rides horses, loves spending time outdoors, and asks questions when she wants to know things. She is close to her oldest brother Will, and his friend Jack Langland. Jack is someone Sarah has had strong feelings for since she was a child, and intends to marry one day. Jack appears to have strong feelings for her as well. But Sarah's father has a secret, and when Sarah makes her intentions known, this secret is revealed to Jack with devastating results.
Bereft by the loss of Jack, Sarah finds herself a new life, but when the past returns years later, she must face her family's history.
A novel of race, family, and Australian history, this is a tale that shows the best and the worst. Sarah is a young woman with a strong will and a strong sense of self. Her story shows her character growth.

Sep 10, 2011

Absolutely loved it!


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