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In the rapidly changing world of the mid-19th Century, Deidre Scott follows the man she loves, Mac McDonnell, who has been transported for resisting evictions on their island home in northern Scotland. After a four-month journey, their ship, the Brilliant, founders; yet they safely reach Van Diemen’s Land (present day Tasmania, Australia), only to be separated as Mac is asIn the rapidly changing world of the mid-19th Century, Deidre Scott follows the man she loves, Mac McDonnell, who has been transported for resisting evictions on their island home in northern Scotland. After a four-month journey, their ship, the Brilliant, founders; yet they safely reach Van Diemen’s Land (present day Tasmania, Australia), only to be separated as Mac is assigned to work on a road gang. Not wealthy, Deidre struggles to find a job; she is unwilling to work as a barmaid as her cabin mate, Kate Dallow does, and few opportunities exist for teaching or being a governess. Befriended by Lady Franklin, the wife of world-famous explorer Sir John Franklin, Deidre at first stays at Government House, where, given the shortage of women, she is besieged by proposals. At Lady Franklin’s request, Deidre teaches at the Cascades Women’s Factory, heart-broken by the plight of these women transportees. She works tirelessly to improve conditions for Mac. Finally, through Deidre’s efforts, Mac is reassigned from the chain gang to Doc Morrell in Hobart Town, but even Doc cannot help him once Mac fights with the local police. His seven-year sentence now seems endless, even as he tells himself to “Bend, don’t break.” Will Mac survive the dreaded Port Arthur prison? Will Deidre and Mac find each other once again? This sweeping tale of love, courage, and loyalty brings to life the unforgettable story of Mac and Deidre and the challenges transportees faced “beyond the seas” in the remote penal colony of Van Diemen’s Land....

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  • Meriel Brooke
    2018-11-24 15:29

    Tasmania in the 1840’s and Mac McDonnell has been transported from his Scottish island home for protesting about the evictions of crofters in midwinter to make way for sheep. His sweetheart, Deirdre, takes a passage on the ‘Brilliant’ to be with him. They both survive after the ship founders on the shore, and Mac is taken to work on a road gang. Deirdre, now without any possessions, struggles to make a living. This is the story of the unspeakable hardships and cruelties undergone by the transportees in Van Dieman's Land, and of Deirdre’s courage and love as she fights to save Mac.