Sunday 6 July 2014

✪ Blog Tour ✪ A Love of Conviction ✪ Melanie Corona

Eliza Taylor was convicted and transported for the crime of stealing. She suffers being put in chains, locked up and degraded, to the point where life holds no meaning. Kept prisoner in the dark hold of a ship bound for a penal colony, Eliza is at the mercy of men who, at every turn, threaten to use her to their advantage. 

That is, of course, until fate lands her at the feet of Lord William Townshend. His kindness and loyalty capture Eliza's heart. Oblivious to her growing feelings, William continues his journey on a quest for another woman, one he set his heart on marrying when he was a young man. When the winds of change reveal that his feelings may be turning her way, Eliza doubts her battered and wounded spirit will have enough strength to survive falling in love. Eliza encounters obstacles she never dreamed she would face but is determined to conquer them to gain her freedom. The cost of her freedom is high, and the villainous sergeant in charge will do everything in his power to use her for his own vengeful purposes.

ARC received for an honest review.

I was lucky enough to be able to read a copy of A Love of Conviction while it was in it's beta stage, and Ms Corona does it again.

A Love of Conviction for a part runs parallel to A Friendship's Love, but you don't have to have read it to read this - though by not doing so you are depriving yourself of a beautiful historical romance.

Ms Corona writes such beautiful, descriptive stories, taking us back to the days of convict Australia.  From the Old Bailey to setting sail to Australia, you can practically feel the rolling of the ship, smell the salt air, feel the seasickness of the "cargo".  You can feel the crack of the whip, the shackles around the ankles.  

Eliza is such a strong, strong young woman.  I can't even begin to imagine what it would have been like to go through what she goes through.  Many a weaker woman would have perished under the circumstances she found herself in.  I would like to think that I would have done a quarter as well as she does.

We have previously met Lord William Townshend in A Friendship's Love, and he has grown into the strong, upstanding, forceful (in a good way!) young man we have now.  In the face of so much corruption, he stands tall amongst men.

There are some truly horrible people in this story.  Some of the crew and people in power are just...ugh.  I can't describe how much I disliked them.  Power and greed, never a good thing!  Hundreds of years later and things still haven't changed!!

I am not a big reader of historical romance, but there is just something so real about this Settler's series. Ms Corona writes about Australia's convict history sympathetically and does not romanticise things. She does not glamourise what convicts went through, she tells it as it was, the good the bad and the ugly side of things. And this just makes me love her writing even more.

I can't wait to see what she brings us next.



Eliza. That is your name, isnt it? I nodded my head, not taking my eyes off him. He seemed quite young for what I was expecting. Mid to late thirties maybe, and he certainly had that air of authority surrounding him. His hair was blacker than mine, and his eyes were dark and serious. He sat in his chair, leaning into the back of it with his head resting on his fisted hand. He almost looked boredalmost. Do you talk?

Still not taking my eyes off him, I replied simply,

Will you excuse us, Hank? I looked to Hank. He nodded his head and left through the door we entered. When it clicked shut, the captain rose to his feet. He was a tall man, not as bulky as Hank, but he appeared strong and virile. He wore snug-fitting pants with boots up to his knees, and an off-white shirt that looked so soft I could rub my face in it. He was not particularly handsome. The lines on his face were quite hard. Actually, he made me feel scared. I hope youve been treated well. 

I snorted my laugh and gave him a sharp look.
If being treated well means being knocked out and left for dead in a small, rodent-infested, smelly hole, and fed something that tastes like it has been scrapped off the floor of the galley, then yes, I think you have given us a voyage to remember. My gaze didnt waver. The captain just gave me a smirk and crossed his arms over his chest. His hair was just long enough to put it in a tie at the nape of his neck. Some of it had come loose, and he tucked it absently behind his ear.

Well then, Im glad I was able to accommodate you. He was laughing at me. I just raised my chin and waited for him to say what he wanted to say. You know why you are here?

I was born in Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia, and raised in Alice Springs (the very center of the country). I have always loved reading and telling "tall tales" and wrote poetry all the time. My greatest influence was my grandpa Majid who kept us entertained all the time with his stories, music and passion for writing.

I didn't tell anyone I wrote when I started because I was to shy, I have no idea why I was like that. I don't care now, I have stories to tell and I want to share them. I am not, and never will profess to be an awesome writer, but I will try to entertain, while bringing to life the history of my country, one page at a time.