A young Scotsman travels to Australia in 1885, armed with ambition and the dream of owning land. He makes a lot of money droving horses overland in Queensland. As he is about to realise his dream, fate takes a hand. This is the story of his life – and death. ...
|Title||:||murder in the bush the tale of william mcdonald|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||216 Pages|
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murder in the bush the tale of william mcdonald Reviews
Things didn't come easy for William McDonald even though he was a fair and honest man in his business dealings. Although I liked him for his even manner, non-judgment and fair attitude toward blacks who were looked down upon and paid less, I noted definite flaws in his character as in leaving Scotland for Australia in finding out he might be a father, and a jealousy toward his brother, who he thought things came easily to. This shows the author gives depth to her characters.It's a sad but well-written tale. Carmel McDurdo Audsley does well in taking you into the time period.I would recommend the book.
I've never been to either Scotland or Australia. But the vivid picture Carmel paints of a bleak Scotland contrasted so wonderfully by sunny Australia, both in terms of the climate and the protagonist's economic prospects, actually took me to those places. She got me to feel sorry for the villain, then got me to be disgusted by him, and finally, as the story drew to its conclusion, she somehow made me share in his emptiness.But all throughout, I found myself rooting for William McDonald. His enthusiasm for the sunshine of Australia was infectious, and I now find myself looking forward to a vacation there in some December in the future. Without spending too many words on descriptions, Carmel has managed to create such finely detailed characters that they're etched in memory. I really enjoyed reading this book. After hearing me describe the plot, my wife has begun reading it on her kindle too. Kudos, Carmel.The only place where the novel lacked is in not including a detailed map where someone unfamiliar with the geography of Australia and Scotland could follow along as the story progresses.
I couldn’t put this book down! Even knowing the fate of William McDonald from the very beginning of the book I was still captivated by the story line. The character was well developed and very likable. His journey to achieve a prosperous and successful life took him from his homeland of Scotland to the flourishing country of Australia. Hard-working and honest were two of his many qualities that earned him the respect and trust from businessmen and residents across Australia. After years of laborious determination he was finally within reach of his dream to live his life as the owner of a sugar cane plantation just to have it all taken away from him by a madman one fateful night.
An Historical MysteryEven though the title of the book, Murder in the Bush, told me what would happen, I kept hoping this would not be the case. The author did a wonderful job of making the main character, William, very personable and full of life. I kept rooting for him, hoping he would somehow not end up being murdered. I find myself wondering what he would have made of himself had he not come to a tragic end at the hands of a madman; I also wonder about the other people who had the same demise. This story captured the level of desperation the people endured before deciding to leave their home country of Scotland for the opportunity of freedom and fortune in Australia.
I have read all of Carmel Audsley's stories and I have never been disappointed. Now I can add this to my list. Murder in the Bush is a well told story about a young William McDonald and his aspirations of a better life away from Scotland, the work and sweat in trying to achieve it, and the end result in a rough and tumble Australia in the late 1800's. The author does a wonderful job painting the picture of the time and I heartily recommend it.
A gripping historical mysteryThe emigrants who settled in and started new lives in North Queensland Australia in pioneering times, did so at great risk to themselves and their families. Murder in The Bush is a well told story about a young man who's aspirations were for a better life. Did he really find what he was looking for?
Thoroughly enjoyed Murder In The Bush. Historical novels such as this book enlightened me about an aspect about pioneers in Australia. The ending was a surprise.