Moonlight and the Pearler's Daughter: An Atmospheric Historical Mystery With a Courageous Heroine Intent on the Truth

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Moonlight and the Pearler's Daughter: An Atmospheric Historical Mystery With a Courageous Heroine Intent on the Truth

Moonlight and the Pearler's Daughter: An Atmospheric Historical Mystery With a Courageous Heroine Intent on the Truth

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The stench of death is a part of this coastal town, with the butcher of animals, fish, birds, and sometimes the humans that are considered less than human. Eliza Brightwell is a capable young girl, forced to move to Australia to support her family's pearling business, 10 years later her father's ship comes back without him leaving Eliza alone to figure out what happened. But in a town teeming with corruption, prejudice, and blackmail, Eliza soon learns that the answers she seeks might cost more than pearls.

Through her bravery she not only finds the answer to her father disappearance, but she also uncovers a lot of secrets and corruption on the Bay. Palmer doesn’t listen but, in any case, the young man soon escapes from the jail and melts back into the unforgiving landscape. This was a wonderful tale with sparkling characters, a huge landscape, a sometimes violent seascape and the usual terrible racial tensions.

A chance visit to the Maritime Museum in Fremantle led her to an exhibition about a family of British settlers involved in the early pearl diving industry. Truth skillfully weaves together the characters, including Nico; his brother, Sebastian; Sebastian’s wife, Fannie; and the “heartless deceiver” Udo.

This is billed as a feminist adventure story in that the main character is Eliza Brightwell who is a pearler’s daughter. The vessel is one of the last to come in and she soon learns from her brother that their father has disappeared. The sun-scorched streets of Bannin Bay, a place she once thought she knew so well, are teeming with corruption, prejudice, and blackmail. I also enjoyed the pacing which was (for me at least) spot on and the intricate web of storytelling was wonderful ; the tension, mystery, gorgeously lush prose and well crafted characters all combined to create a sweepingly feminist adventure that historical fiction lovers and fans of Elizabeth Macneal or Stacey Halls are bound to enjoy.Lizzie Pook’s novel about a young woman in the 19th-century outback, “Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter,” examines the perils — moral, physical and otherwise — of the pearling industry. Her pen brought this world to life: you can feel the heat, the insects bites, the rain that soaks through your clothes.

Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter is the debut novel by Aussie author Lizzie Pook and it was outstanding! The pearl diving attracted Japanese and other Asians, although the power of the area was exclusively European.I just wish a few more of those nostalgic childhood moments were included in the story to really understand their relationship but it was nonetheless touching. It was 1886 when Eliza Brightwell and her family arrived in Bannin Bay, Western Australia from England. In her author’s note, she said that she based her story on Broome Australia, which in the 1800s saw the boom of the pearling industry which involved indentured labor and slavery. Over the past ten years since they came to Australia from England, he has designed puzzles for Eliza to solve.



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