orangedale (orangedale) wrote,

Beyond the Fight - review and blog tour

3 - 7 October 2016

is Introducing

( Rhiza Press, 1 April 2016)

By Carol Preston

About the Book:

Percy Smith has always wondered why he didn’t identify with his father, but he never expected the revelation about his past that comes at the beginning of the First World War. In shock and pain he finds himself in a place far from home, where he meets Mabel Smart, a young woman who is also struggling to find her own identity in her family.

Both Percy and Mabel must confront the issues raised by the war; internment of German born Australians, the push for conscription, the rush of young men to fight on the battlefields of Europe, and divisions in the Australian population over enlistment.

Ultimately Percy and Mabel’s search will be about finding a way to be at peace with their families.

About the Author:

Carol lives with her husband, Neil, in Wollongong, New South Wales. After their two children, Tammy and Adam, started school, Carol returned to study and completed a PhD at Wollongong University in 1986.

She is now a Psychologist in private practice. Carol enjoys gardening, bushwalking, spending time with her family and researching her family history. Her novels are based on her Australian ancestory. Carol's books in her Turning the Tide series published by Even Before Publishing include Mary's Guardian, Charlotte's Angel, Tangled Secrets and Truly Free.

Carol is also the author of Suzannah's Gold and Rebecca's Dream. Her first book with Rhiza Press is Next of Kin.

For more information about Carol's books and her other interests she can be contacted on her website:

my review
Mabel Smart, has a mother who not only fusses over her, especially regarding her asthma, but also tries to control her life and who she will marry. Mabel has other ideas about the way she wants her life to go. She feels much closer to her Aunt Sarah. The time is around that of the First World War and times are changing for women. There is pressure from certain aspects of society for young men to enlist and rush off to war and talk of conscription. Percy Smith has no intention of enlisting. But he could be in trouble from another source, as Australia seeks the internment of Australians descended from those born in Germany.
It was interesting, though sad in many ways, to read this part of our history and the way people who had been here for many years were treated. Also sad to see the way those committed to the cause of war turned on those who did not hold such views. In the midst of this turmoil is a romance, between two people from different backgrounds.

It took me a little bit to get into this story but then I quickly became involved. Having read some other historical novels by Carol Preston and especially Next of Kin, it was good to catch up with some of those characters again. This was a thoroughly enjoyable novel and I learned a bit about our history and a couple of things I didn’t know about at the same time. A recommended read that should appeal to those who like historical novels and interesting books about Australia.
Tags: australia, beyond the fight, book review, carol preston, historical novels, world war 1
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