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At the height of the convict transportation to Australia, an unseen boundary separates the poor from the rich. Isabel’s stunning beauty and strong will attract the attention of a wealthy man, but the upper classes have their own secrets, secrets entwined with hers. Daily, she has learned hard lessons on the mean streets of London, but they can’t teach her fast enough aboutAt the height of the convict transportation to Australia, an unseen boundary separates the poor from the rich. Isabel’s stunning beauty and strong will attract the attention of a wealthy man, but the upper classes have their own secrets, secrets entwined with hers. Daily, she has learned hard lessons on the mean streets of London, but they can’t teach her fast enough about the treachery of the wealthy. She must navigate both the gardens of the upper class and back alleys of the downtrodden in two continents. And she will, or die trying to find her mother....

Title : a woman transported
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ISBN : 21731830
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Number of Pages : 466 Pages
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  • Suzanne
    2019-03-27 04:52

    In my copy, the author wrote a note hoping I enjoyed my forage into historical fiction. That I did! Thank you so much Sharon for my copy, I only have one regret and that's that I left it for so long. The reason for this simply is that I’d not read this genre much at all and was hesitant. I don’t know why!I loved the sayings of the time, they were authentic and a real voice of the time. There were many I loved. ‘Dicked in the nob’ ‘devilish’. The writing flowed seamlessly and the author wrote amazingly. I was mightily impressed. I felt the writing was 'just so' in relation to time and place. It felt like I was there. Imagine a flood of beer. Well this beer flood did just happen, in 1814. This book did show real research and I was rewarded at the end by the author’s note. I always feel that my reading experience is ten-fold when I read the author’s background and reasoning’s. We get to see more than the novel shows. Isabel was the feistiest character, I can’t believe the run of bad luck she had through the entire story, but in saying that, I think she showed that women bore the brunt of everything. The inner thoughts were in italics and showed that feistiness that was Isobel. I loved reading about The Shepherd and was a little surprised in his position at the end of the novel. This is the stuff that made me smile and smile a lot. ‘A devilish little blonde boy pushed down his pants to his knees, then with his hands on his hips and his groin pointed toward her, aimed his piss at her. “You disgusting sod.”’I devoured this book over a short period, it was fast paced, authentic, a little racy in parts, and to be honest it has made its way to my favourites. Thanks Sharon for being unique in the way you write and for showing an Aussie flavour and keeping it real. Loved it! Strongly recommended reading.

  • Brenda
    2019-03-14 00:48

    Isabel McGuire was a red haired beauty, living with her Pa in the poorest area of London, St Giles, where starvation was a day to day fact of life. Her Ma and brother Joshua had been transported to Sydney Town more than ten years previously and though she missed them dreadfully she was saddened when she struggled to remember her Ma’s face. Isabel’s beauty would get her into trouble, but also would help her through the many bad times ahead. Her Pa owned a candle making business, but the few pennies they received were not enough to stave off hunger, so Isabel managed to get a job at the local tavern, where luckily Tom (brusque though he was) had a soft spot for her, so set her up behind the bar.But the night that was to change so many lives, she was wiping tables and trading insults with the customers, when an almighty explosion shook the air, the walls of the tavern collapsed, and beer began flowing in vast amounts, washing everything away in its path. The huge vats which stood above the brewery contained over 1,000,000 litres of beer, and one of the hoops which encircled them broke, causing a massive chain reaction. The resulting wave of beer flooded the surrounding slums, killing people, especially those living in the cellars.Isabel was frantic, fighting her way through the flooded streets, hearing the screams and anguish of the people around her, but desperate to find her father. She had left him in their cellar when she’d gone to work. One of her dear friends, who was pregnant, drowned, along with her daughter. Isabel managed to find her aunt, who didn’t know where her Pa was...she hadn’t seen him leave the cellar. Desperate, wet, stinking of porter, tired, she scoured the hospital, until finally she made her way to the home of a rich man, Richard Barrett, who had been with her father when she left….. Richard Barrett was to have a profound impact on Isabel’s life, and following some harrowing times in the intervening months, she found herself headed for Australia and a new life in the colonies. Here she hoped to find her mother and brother, to be reunited with them at long last. But fate had many unkind hands to play, and the mistakes Isabel made were many. The difference between the rich and the poor in the new colony of Sydney Town was vast, and Isabel needed her wiles and wits to keep her sanity. I loved the character of Isabel, she was flawed, she made an incredible amount of wrong choices, but she was wonderful. I could see her beautiful flowing red hair, her grit and determination, her stubborn character, all of which got her into trouble…many times! I kept thinking, HOW MANY MORE THINGS CAN GO WRONG!! I loved the beauty of the Australian bush and the grimy streets of London….the word pictures were painted so well. The author’s notes at the end of the novel are interesting, showing the many facts which were blended with the fiction of this novel. The obviously meticulous research also stands out and makes the novel that much more enjoyable. Also the pace of this story is intense, there are no “quiet” spots to let you take a breath, and I just couldn’t put it down! I loved this historical novel set in the early 1800s, and would highly recommend it.

  • Kathryn
    2019-03-12 01:58

    Thanks to the author for my copy of this book. It is set in a time period I really enjoy reading about (although glad I didn't live through) and I loved parts of the book - the descriptions of London (especially Newgate prison) and of Sydney at this time were great. Where I tended to get confused was in following some of the events that happened - things seemed to happen so fast without enough back story to help me understand what was happening or why, and in some of the dialogue, which I didn't always feel flowed smoothly. I would have liked to have known a bit more about Richard and Isabella before the beer flood - how he came to know her and her father, and how his feelings for Isabella developed, but we aren't told any of that. I felt a little as though I'd started the story at least 20 pages in because everything happened so quickly. It is dreadful to see the desperation that some women felt, driven to do things they wouldn't ordinarily have chosen to do in the attempt to simply survive. Lack of choice is a terrible thing - and I know that almost all women in society at that time - whether high born or low born were cursed with it - their family's wealth (or lack thereof) just made the furnishings of their prison a little more (or less) comfortable. Thank goodness for education and changing attitudes between then and now. Although there were a few too many coincidental meetings for my liking (it seemed like everybody Isabella met in London she also met in Australia), I liked that Sharon tied up her loose ends neatly by the finish. Sharon has done a good job of the research involved in this work. I find it amazing that the beer flood actually happened - a massive vat of porter exploded at the brewery, apparently, flooding the local area with beer knee-deep, sweeping people off their feet! And it sounds so funny to hear Isabella referring to things as happening "the day of the beer flood", or "after the beer flood"! She is talking to someone who isn't a local at a later point in the book and says, “He died a few days after the beer flood.” To which the person she's talking to says, “What bloody beer flood?” The author's note at the end touched a bit more on the factual basis for various events/locations used in the book and made for interesting reading.

  • Heather
    2019-03-18 06:00

    3.5 StarsFirst and foremost, if you love historical romance novels with strong female leads and steamy sex scenes, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. And, even if you aren't the biggest fan of romance, the story will still keep you intrigued and interested. I really enjoyed the character of Isabel, despite seldom understanding many of her choices (she did seem to hold on to some romantic feelings for men who definitely didn't deserve any kindness from her). But, really, Robards has done an excellent job of creating a character who is beautiful, passionate and strong, but who also has believable weaknesses and flaws that trip her up on her way through life.I also LOVED that Robards had the guts to create a female main character who really likes sex. True, her desires often cause more problems for her, but it was very refreshing to have a young female character set in this time period who actually genuinely likes sex.The ending was really great, as you think you know where the story is going, and it takes a sudden unexpected turn that was refreshing.The book did suffer a bit from the sort of typos one should be used to when reading self-published novels. Additionally, the accents at the beginning drove me crazy, though they did serve a purpose in the end to reflect Isabel's transition from London streets to high society. Lastly, the ending felt a bit rushed to me.Overall, give this book a shot. It is definitely heavier on the romance than the historical aspect, which is primarily why it received lowers stars from me, but I was amazed at how much I liked it even with elements that I normally can't stand in other novels.

  • Crystal Lindsey
    2019-03-22 21:35

    I loved this book.. It reminded me of the wonderful Australia raw land stories written by E.V.Timms.. There is so much interesting reading and you see it all unfold with each page. Isabel is the main character, a young girl who's mother and brother were transported to a terrible life as convicts in NSW early days. She is a naive young girl struggling to keep herself from the horror of living penniless in the squaller of London. She runs from one problem to another, not knowing how to act or what to do. Eventually she comes to NSW as the married woman of a tyrant and jealose rich husband. She suffers one abuse after the other from his hands and the hands of another man blackmailing her. This story is never boring, it keeps you enthralled from beginning to end.

  • ☼♄Jülie 
    2019-03-02 03:53

    Brilliant!! A well deserved 5*s.....A Woman Transported by Sharon Robards is a real gripping and well told story...I have very much enjoyed reading it.I love [the protagonist] Isabel's character and spite of her often questionable decisions. I also liked the very convincing portrayals of the other characters with their various and complex personalities which were steadily maintained throughout the story.Sharon Robards' attention to detail gives her writing a lot of credibility as the story flows seamlessly from one scene or chapter to the next without losing any of its authenticity, while at the same time keeping the timeline in sync. There is a nice balance of factual History and descriptions of actual places blended with the Fiction, giving an overall realistic and believable quality to her story.From page one, in Sydney 1803, the reader is made witness to some of the most dreadful actions to be perpetrated on fellow humans in our colonial times, and which were sanctioned by the sadistic pleasures of a man who was to become known and remembered in Australian History as the "Flogging Parson"...the Reverand Samuel Marsden, who, at the time had been appointed to the Bench of Magistrates in Parramatta.The story then goes on to tell the fictional tale of the wide ranging consequences and domino effects of that action, and covers the full range of human emotion from, shock and horror, to empathy, romance and even humour, with realistic and convincing portrayals throughout.I chose this book as a part of my Goodreads November Historical Fiction Challenge and now I am stuck for what to read next as the bar has now been set quite high!What a great read it was! Fascinating characters with loads of mystery and intrigue, I didn't want it to end.I have given it a well deserved 5*s, and would highly recommend it....especially to anyone still wondering what to read for their November Historical Fiction challenge.It is one of those stories where I think I am going to be missing "Isabel" (protagonist) for some time, now that I have finished the book. A nice balance and blending of History and Fiction. I look forward to reading more from this author.

  • Cindy Woods
    2019-03-16 03:41

    Wonderfully writtenThis is an extraordinary, well written book. I cannot say enough about this heart rending, emotionally charged, maddening story...what a plot! I never expected the ending! And I read a book per day! Unique story, strong and well defined characters, great dialogue. Absolutely highly recommend. My God, what women endure! To read the life of this beautiful, thoughtful, giving and loving woman and follow her through her relationships with the various men in her life will tear you up inside. Who can she believe?....and she wants to believe and be loved and respected for herself. It is just a great story. This is an author I shall be reading whatever I can find of her work.

  • Donna Parker
    2019-02-25 01:35

    Not a quick, but an enjoyable read. Not your fluffy romance, but more along the lines of Barbara Taylor Bradford or Beatrice Small-ish. Really more about the strength of women. While it had some challenging passages and some disturbing moments, I would recommend this. After winning this from the Goodreads First Reads Program I took my time reading and enjoying this interesting gift.

  • Elaine
    2019-03-03 23:37

    I read this on my iPhone as an ebook, which is not the way I prefer to read books but I was in a reading slump and not really interested in reading anything. I have to say that this story completely lifted me out of the reading doldrums. I was instantly transported myself to London in the early 1800's and right from the very beginning became immersed in Isabel's life. This was an engaging read, part romance, part historical drama. I found the description of London at that time so accurate and if I closed my eyes I could see it as it was then, the squalor, the buildings, the people. It was so palpable. We follow Isabel as she struggles to survive in a cruel, male controlled world. Her saga continues as she travels across the seas to Australia. Having to endure her own version of hell, perhaps not quite like that of the convicts but nevertheless still as traumatic, we see her emerge as a strong, capable woman. I thoroughly enjoyed the story which at times brought to mind authors like Diana Gabaldon and Bryce Courtenay . Overall the story was well constructed although perhaps in parts I felt that it was just a little too convenient and would have liked it to be a bit more fleshed out with perhaps a bit more depth to the characters and their actions but this did nothing to detract from my enjoyment of the book. I think it was just me wanting to know more about what they were thinking and feeling. I did feel at times when the story moved to Sydney Town that I was still in London but I suppose at that time Australia was very English and so many similarities to that country were inevitable. This was my first book by Sharon Robards but it certainly won't be my last. I hope though that the next book of hers I read is actually a physical copy as I would like to see it sitting on my shelf afterwards!!!!

  • Laura
    2019-03-10 22:37

    I received this book through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for my review, so here it is:The writing style of this book is wonderful, some events were really interesting and original and even the main character was quite likeable. I would have gladly given this book 4 stars instead of 3, had it not been so repitive and just a little more upbeat.Reading about Australia in the 1800s was new for me. Taking someone else's land and then treating the natives like trash has always baffled me. Of course there were people in that time that felt like I do, but the majority clearly didn't. Sharon Robards managed to weave both points of view into her story without making a big fuss over it. This story does teach a bit of history, but it does so very casually as it mostly sticks to the personal story of the protagonist.A Woman Transported also explores all social classes by letting the main character, Isabel McGuire jump from one to the other. Isabel's life is very eventful, but I didn't like that most of those events consisted of (view spoiler)[guys blackmailing her for sex and then not holding their end of the bargain. In fact all women in this story seem to have men treating them awfully.(hide spoiler)] Personally, I just don't like to read about that sort of stuff, but if even I set aside my own tastes, I still find that the same storyline just got written down a bunch of times. And in great detail too, whereas some other events or characters drew a shorter straw and were hastily written about. It made me put the book aside for a while on a few occasions. But still it drew me in enough to finish it.The first part of the book, which was set in the UK was very, very good. I thought the beer flood was very intriguing and was very surprised to find out in the end that it had actually happened in real life too!Anyway, I did enjoy reading this book, but thought it could have been better and more varied -or otherwise just shorter-. If you like historical fiction with some romance mixed in, I'm sure you'll be able to enjoy this.

  • Erin
    2019-03-07 01:58

    I received this as a giveaway and was really interested to read it. I very much enjoyed the book. I admire Isabel's character and what she has to do to survive. I also enjoyed the glimpse into the birth of Austrailia. My opinion is that this was a very good read!

  • Heather Gregson
    2019-03-07 23:04

    A Woman Transported is a grand sweeping story that takes the reader from the slums of London to the untamed splendor of Australia. I really enjoyed the details and complexities of the story and characters. Definitely a worth while read.

  • Liza Perrat
    2019-03-18 00:38

    Excellent story... review to come.

  • Lori
    2019-03-07 05:03

    What an existence early 1800's England was for women!! This "devilish" historical fiction begins with the horrific scene of a mother watching the flogging of her sixteen year old son. I have mixed feelings about this book. The writing is good; I had no problem at all visually the surroundings, developed sympathy for the young woman as she struggled to find her place in a world where woman had few choices and were at the constant mercy of less than honorable men. Throughout, I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen, however, the story came a little unbelievable for me about 3/4rds or the way through. Warning!!! Complete spoiler again...don't read it if you haven't already read the book!! (view spoiler)[ I thought the relationships she had with Jeremy and Charles were a little lackluster for that to be the ending of the book. The story failed to deliver on the much needed--"I really hope they will end up together!!"(hide spoiler)]This is a great story to read if you are feeling sorry for yourself. You only need to read the plight of the women in this novel to gain a new, appreciative, perspective on even the worst day you have experienced.

  • Margaret Crampton
    2019-03-07 01:55

    This is an enjoyable book giving insight intoning early days of transported convicts in Sydney and environs contrasting with the lives of the better off and life in the backstreets of London. There are rather too many unrealistic convenient coincidences and story lines incomplete. Not quite a 5 star book.

  • Leigh
    2019-03-09 03:00

    This is a romance tale set in a very real historical setting. Full of wonderful descriptions, it captured my interest right away and kept it throughout. I would definitely recommend this book! I received this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads give away.

  • Carol Preston
    2019-03-11 02:04

    Enjoyed the history aspects of this story, set in England and then the early Australian colony. It's a good yarn though I found the characters a bit inconsistent in personality. Plenty of twists and turns in the love story and a sweet, though unexpected ending.

  • Lesley
    2019-03-13 03:59

    Isabel goes from one bad decision to another, from the streets of inner-London to colonial Sydney Town. A little too heavy on romance for me and, at times, I found the storyline a little unrealistic, but I enjoyed this fast-paced read all the same.

  • Sharon A. Davis
    2019-02-28 04:41

    FrustratingI was so annoyed with Isabel, the main character. She never learned from her mistakes and made one bad decision after another.

  • Kateri Limmer
    2019-03-18 23:48

    I couldn't pretend to like these characters. The writing really put me off. I got a quarter of the way in and couldn't go any further. Maybe some other time.