LONGINGS OF THE HEART: Sydney Cove Series, Book 2
About the Book
Read an Excerpt
About the Book
Will Hannah’s bright future be shadowed by her past?
It’s the early 1800s, and the wondrous land of Australia is full of possibilities as settlers stake their claims. Hannah and John have purchased land in New South Wales and are hoping to start a family. But their bright hopes for the future are clouded with trouble. As their attempts to have a baby are unsuccessful, Hannah suffers from guilt over her past. It haunts her and her relationship with John --- she’s never told her husband about this chapter of her life.
Back to top.
1. Hannah Bradshaw moved into a different phase of her life with her new husband, John Bradshaw, and her newfound freedom. As she begins her new life how do you think she will adjust? What do you think her problems will be with adjusting? How would you react to the changes taking place?
2. Hannah is very concerned with having children, and the possibility that she may never have them is very real. How does this affect her and Johnís marriage?
3. Hannahís initial reaction to Deidre is dislike. Is Hannahís first judgment warranted? Have you ever judged someone from a first impression and been wrong? Have you been right? Have you ever been judged based on a first impression?
4. Living in the uncharted territory of Australia would have been a very difficult task. John is excited about the adventure of having his own farm, but Hannah has a few reservations. Why do you think Hannah has more reservations than John? Would you be more like John or Hannah? Why?
5. The Australian outback presents its own fears and problems --- from escaped criminals to possible Aborigine attacks. How does Hannah handle the dangers the new land and farm bring? How would you handle those same dangers?
6. The idea of character and integrity is interwoven throughout the entire book. John and Hannah are people of integrity; however, Deidreís character is questioned by her consistent blackmail. Do you think Johnís decision to give in to Deidreís demands was right? Do you believe that giving into these demands questioned John and Hannahís integrity? What do Deidreís demands say about her character?
7. Faith and trust are pervasive themes throughout this story. Hannahís faith is tested by her apparent inability to have children, and both she and Johnís faith are tested by Deidreís excessive demands. How do you think these trials helped Hannah and Johnís faith grow? Have you ever been through something that has strengthened your faith?
8. When John brings the orphan Thomas home without asking, Hannah is upset. Would you be upset if an orphan boy was brought to you without any warning? What changed Hannahís opinion of Thomas?
9. After Deidre told the church about Hannahís alleged past and Hannah responded by setting the story straight, each character had a separate reaction. What were John and Hannahís reactions? How did this reflect their growth in trust and faith? What was the churchís reaction? What would your reaction be to Hannahís story?
10. This book reflects on the goodness of God and his love, and living by simply trusting him. How have you experienced the goodness of God? Do you ever feel like not trusting God during hard times? How has God surprised you when you do trust him?
© Copyright 2017 by Bonnie Leon. Reprinted with permission by Revell. All rights reserved.
Click here now to buy this book from Amazon.com.