We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts about The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline on the Random Things tour.
The Exiles is an historical novel set in the 1840’s based on the British colonisation.
With an interesting plot, well-written characters and great historical read, I found this a wonderful read.
This story follows how women convicts were sentenced and transported to Australia, sadly quite often this included innocent women.
Evangeline, a governess who finds herself in trouble is taken to Newgate prison and is shocked by the sickening conditions of her cell. She meets Olive, another pregnant women ready to board the slave ship Medea.
On board ship they meet Hazel a 16-year-old girl convicted of stealing a spoon. Fortunately, a daughter of a midwife she shares her knowledge of healing herbs and midwifery with those onboard ship.
In Australia Marthinna, a young aboriginal girl, is taken from her home to become an experiment for a wealthy family who use her as a performance so that they can judge the cultural differences.
I love to discover new information on history across the world and sadly this is a sad tale of how women were treated at this time. This story is written well with intriguing historical detail.
A great read!
CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE is the author of seven novels, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Money, More, and Psychology Today, among other publications. She lives in New York City and on the coast of Maine.
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