Title: Fortune’s Son
Author: Jennifer Scoullar
Genre: Historical Fiction
Heads you win. Tails you die …
Can one man’s revenge become his redemption?
Young Luke Tyler has everything going for him: brains, looks and a larrikin charm that turns heads. The future appears bright, until he defends his sister from the powerful Sir Henry Abbott. His reward is fifteen years hard labour on a prison farm in Tasmania’s remote highlands.
Luke escapes, finding sanctuary with a local philanthropist, Daniel Campbell, and starting a forbidden love affair with Daniel’s daughter, Belle. But when Luke is betrayed, he must flee or be hanged.
With all seeming lost, Luke sails to South Africa to start afresh. Yet he remains haunted by the past, and by Belle, the woman he can’t forget. When he returns to seek revenge and reclaim his life, his actions will have shattering consequences – for the innocent as well as the guilty.
Set against a backdrop of wild Tasmania, Australian Gold and African diamonds, Fortune’s Son is an epic story of betrayal, undying love and one man’s struggle to triumph over adversity and find his way home.
- Praise for Jennifer Scoullar –
‘Scoullar, it turns out, is a writer of documentary calibre … lovely, lyrical prose.’ The Australian.
‘Jennifer is a writer of great imagination.’ Author Andrea Goldsmith
‘The people, the animals and the places … such vivid and vibrant story-telling which wholly swept me away’ Beauty and Lace
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What makes this book a must-read and/or what inspired you to write this story:
They say history is written by the winners, but I wanted to write a fresh version of history, giving a voice to the outsiders, including the animals teetering on the extinction precipice. So I began the Tasmanian Tales trilogy. Fortune’s Son (Book 1) begins in 1880s Hobart and is the story of Luke Tyler, a man unjustly condemned to prison in his youth, and of Isabelle Campbell, the girl he has loved since a child. This is an epic story, filled with adventure, heartbreak and enduring love.
However, it wouldn’t be one of my books if animals didn’t play an important part. Fortune’s Son also tells the story of one of the last thylacines (Tasmanian tigers) soon to disappear from the Earth after a twenty-five-million-year reign. There is almost no historical fiction about the thylacine. I think it’s time to fill the gap.
Another great reason to read Fortune’s Son is that it is currently 99 cents, to celebrate the release of The Lost Valley -- Book 2 in the Tasmanian Tales trilogy.
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Bestselling Aussie author Jennifer Scoullar writes page-turning fiction about the land, people and wildlife that she loves.
Scoullar is a lapsed lawyer who harbours a deep appreciation and respect for the natural world. She lives on a farm in the southern Victorian ranges and has ridden and bred Australian Stock horses all her life. Her passion for animals and the bush is the catalyst for her bestselling books that are published by Penguin Random House in Australia. Now they are going global with Pilyara Press.
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