Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Longest Journey by Diana Patterson and Rita Turner

An Amazing Journey and Amazing Historical Fiction!

As a young child, Elspeth lived with her father, the groundskeeper of the estate of Lord Reginald Westerna. When her father died, Lord Westerna took her in and bought her up as a Lady. She was the daughter he never had.

As a young woman, Elspeth’s wealthy English gentry’ world collapses when Lord Reginald Westerna dies and leaves her alone with her cruel stepbrother, Warwick. His jealousy and hatred of her brings him to accuse her of a crime she didn’t commit and she is sentenced to deportation to Australia.

There, the Governor of the Colony, Sir Rossmore, employs her. He is widowed and once he learns Elspeth’s story, she rises in station and a romance between the two begins.

This is a beautifully written story, that really captures the time and place of both England’s and Australia’s rich gentry. We also get a glimpse at the dark "underbelly" of the two countries. It is a story of love, courage, adversity, and romance. It has a fine cast of characters and a well thought out plot. A lot of research must have gone into writing this story and describing the costuming of the day.

I highly recommend this wonderful book.


Thanks to Diana Patterson and Rita Turner for an advance reading copy!


  1. This sounds like something I would definitely love to read. I have to say though, I would never have picked this book as being historical fiction by looking at the cover. Maybe it is clearer in real life but it isn't on the computer!

  2. Yes it sounds very interesting! Adding to the WL...

  3. Marg,

    I agee with you about the cover, but I do think that this is a book you would really like.


    I think that you would enjoy it as well.