The Potato Factory, Volume 1
Ikey Solomon is in the business of thieving and he's very good at it. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land. In the backstreets and dives of Hobart Town, Mary learns the art of brewing and builds The Potato Factory, where she plans a new future. But her ambitions are threatened by Ikey's wife, Hannah, her old enemy. The two women raise their separate families, one legitimate and the other bastard. As each woman sets out to destroy the other, the families are brought to the edge of disaster.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Laurochka - LibraryThing
I was sucked in to start with but my intense dislike of Hannah had me lose momentum. I returned after a long break and picked up all the storylines again and really enjoyed it. An epic read! Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kellifrobinson - LibraryThing
This was a fantastic homage to Dickens and captivating historical fiction. Most of us know of Australia's penal colony history but this book brings that history to life. The characters are memorable ... Read full review