FORGIVEN: History : Drama : Aventure : Romance : South Africa and New Zealand.
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FORGIVEN is a FINELY BALANCED...
blend of historical truth and fiction. All of the historical places refered to in South Africa and New Zealand do exist, as do the background events of the Anglo-Boer War. Finely woven inbetween are the protagonists, plus a series of old family stories that are also fact - suitably dramatised for the purposes of the book.
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SYNOPSIS for FORGIVEN...
Rachel is young, charming, intelligent and a social outcast. Things change after a chance meeting with Richard while visiting in provincial Patea. On the way home, she realises that potential troubles still abound - her father, a self made man of influence will have to be convinced that Richard should be allowed to court her, and that he will be good for her, which will be difficult, even if everything else goes according to plan. Richard is a wild colonial boy and free as the breeze, but, can he step up to her world sufficiently to be accepted?
Knowing that he has no wealth to influence her father, and eager to prove that he is worthy to be her husband, he errs when he volunteers to fight in South Africa and leaves her under a cloud. Once there, he experiences one sobering experience after another, and begins to realise the true value of what he has left behind. Then he is captured by the enemy and sinks into the depths of despair, only to learn that danger stalks Rachel at home and drastic measures are required to get her back...
COMMents from Gillian: Thank you Geoffrey, I have set it aside for this weekends reading, all going well. I have heard nothing but good about it so I have been looking forward to getting it. Well done! Congrats to you, regards, Gillian...
Poster of Lillie Langtree : As I sipped my beer I cast my eyes around the room, which was tired from decades of use. On the wall was a framed and dusty poster of Lillie Langtree. She wore a hat of enormous proportions, as was the custom for actresses, and her gown was cut a good deal lower in front than usual; all the better to display the attributes that she undeniably had... (excerpt from FORGIVEN)
REVIEW for FORGIVEN.
A very awesome book cover, great font and writing style. A very well written Boer War fiction book. Very easy to read start/finish and easy to follow. There were no typo/grammar errors and never a dull moment. Lots of exciting scenarios and several twists and turns, and a unique set of characters to keep track of. This could make a great Boer War fiction movie or better still, a mini TV series. An easy rating of 5 stars. Tony Parsons MSW.
REVIEW: A well written and enjoyable book with just the right combination of history lesson and a love story, presented in a way that will keep you turning the pages to learn more. The changes in setting need attention to follow, but the characters are worth following. A few twists are thrown in to make things more interesting. I'm finding that I am becoming quite a fan of historical fiction! (abridged) Laura Mathis ...
Review: A well written, heated read, Forgiven is a story of love and war in the late 19th century. The author has written a riveting story of a riveting time and place. Highly recomended for lovers of historical fiction. Mary Magdalene ...
REVIEW: I don't read fiction and viewed this book as a penance, but I loved it. I laughed, I cried, I love this book... Larraine Sole ...
Review: By MCR... This is a wonderful book and I'm so glad I read it. Everything was described with such detail and in an interesting way. Things he mentioned, like the books of Zane Gray were immediately memorable to me. My father and I loved them. I wish all youngsters could learn history from books like this.
EXcerpt from FORGIVEN : "While we're in town you'd better keep this under your pillow." He threw a revolver on the bed next to me, so I picked it up - it was a Colt double-action in .41 calibre and at least a decade old. It had an old-style birds- head butt and a barrel that was only two inches long. There was no ejector, because the barrel was too short to attach one to. "If you want to go to the bar or anywhere else around here you'd better pack that in your pocket."
Geoff Lawson was born in Whanganui, New Zealand, in 1949 and has always been intrigued with the historical. Leaving school at age 15 he has mastered many skills and worked on a number of historical projects around 'the River City'. He was the first to be employed by the Wanganui Riverboat Trust and spent a number of years on the restoration of the derilect riverboat building and the steamboat Waimarie. Interested in historical military, he became involved with the iconic Krupp Gun restoration project, doing most of the metalwork himself, while researching it's history. What he discovered amazed him - "this was such a good story that I couldn't just leave it to the silence of history." So he wrote the book "Our Gun," his first book, which was followed by the novel "Forgiven"
FORGIVEN - history: drama: adventure: romance: South Africa and New Zealand: coming of age.
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Synopsis for FORGIVEN
An honest and thought-provoking story you won't want to end : Rachel is intelligent, cultured and charming, but things are not as well as they seem. Brought down by rumour and innuendo she reaches a new low in her life, but when Richard supports her, all is well, until Richard volunteers to fight in South Africa and leaves Rachel under a cloud.
However, once in South Africa, the veneer of adventure is quickly dispelled when he is drawn into the murky world of counter espionage and misadventure.
As one sobering experience is followed by another he begins to realise the true value of what he has left behind. Meanwhile... while patiently waiting at home, Rachel has a frightening experience of her own...
REVIEW: A really great read. Read it twice and didn't want it to end...Di Devine
REVIEW: Forgiven is a well written and edited story. It is well constructed and interesting; the time frame and location fascinating... Books Go Social (Dublin, Ireland)
REVIEW: Thanks for the history lesson. Loved the Wanganui parts. Really enjoyed your book. Thanks Geoff... Shelley Pennefather.
REVIEW: Lawson has created a readable romantic fiction set in colonial NZ and his historical facts are, for me, his greatest strength. The main characters are strongly portrayed & give a good insight into the struggles of the time, plus room for romance. I enjoyed the book. Easy to read and delightful. I recommend a look - Jenny Doherty
REVIEW: A great read, worth buying - looking forward to a sequel...Yvonne
REVIEW: I've read FORGIVEN and thoroughly enjoyed the story. It had a little bit of everything in there to appeal to a wide audience... history, romance, local knowledge. Well done Geoff Lawson - Marie Nicolle.
REVIEW: A well written story. I was so immersed with the characters and the story that I felt like I was living the real thing during that time... Rob Mullions
REVIEW: It's nice to read works that embrace NZ. Forgiven also gives an interesting insight into the Boer War and is an intrical part of a fascinating love story. It is an easy and very enjoyable read. I read it over a weekend and enjoyed it immensly - Warrick.
Review: Great cover for a gripping book; a great read behind that cover... Claire Ferguson
Review: The grief of war is well etched out in the entire book, yet the comment of the old woman who had lost her only son, yet could not blame the English for they had lost sons too, made me teary-eyed. Anyone who wants to read a serious, thought provoking novel should offer Forgiven a chance. - Maria Lion