- Title: Tears of the Moon
- Author: Di Morrissey
- ISBN: 9780061013140
- Page: 314
- Format: Mass Market Paperback
Not since The Thorn Birds has the lush and romantic land of Australia been brought so vividly to life Tears of the Moon is the thrilling and dramatic story of an endless love that overcomes all odds.Lily Barton s most prized possession is a beautiful tear drop pearl pendant Alone in the world, she has no idea where it came from or why she has it But she is desperaNot since The Thorn Birds has the lush and romantic land of Australia been brought so vividly to life Tears of the Moon is the thrilling and dramatic story of an endless love that overcomes all odds.Lily Barton s most prized possession is a beautiful tear drop pearl pendant Alone in the world, she has no idea where it came from or why she has it But she is desperate to learn of her forgotten past, to find her identity and claim her legacy, whatever it might be Seeking everwhere for answers, she discovers her great grandmother Olivia s diary Across the years it reaches out to her, revealing the truth behind a love that is so profound, so passionate and so complete, that nothing can destroy the power of its magic.
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I enjoyed this book for about 3/4 of its length. In fact I ripped through about 400 pages with enthusiasm, because I was totally into the story. I particularly enjoyed the depictions of the late 19th and early 20th century pearling industry and the frontier town of Broome. I think the author handled the issues of Aboriginal identity very well, and she seemed to show both affection and respect for the traditional beliefs and way of life of her Aboriginal characters. This tolerance extended to the [...]
A couple of years ago I went on holidays to the Kimberlies, and stayed for a couple of days in Broome. I went out to Cape Leveque and Beagle Bay, and this part of the world is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I can’t imagine not connecting with a place like this, and feeling that it can somehow change you.Reading this book brought back memories of my time there, as Di Morrissey has some good descriptions of place, and what it feels like to be there. I appreciated that the mos [...]
El mejor modo que se me ocurre para definir "El secreto de la perla" es decir que es una novela clásica, una novela que puede gustar a cualquier buen lector dispuesto a dejarse llevar por una gran historia y que enamorará a cualquiera que busque una gran historia de amor. "El secreto de la perla" utiliza un recurso muy habitual para entrelazar el presente con el pasado; Lily Burton, la protagonista contemporánea, acaba de perder a su madre y entre sus pertenencias descubre un collar y unas fo [...]
This is maybe the BEST book I have ever read. It is an epic story about several very strong women, a great love, Australia, and Pearls and 2 world wars. It is amazing!
I loved this book so much! I stayed up all night reading it and was so disappointed it had to end. I loved these strong women, their connection to the Aboriginal people, and the story of pearling in Broome. I was so excited when I woke up this morning and realised there is a sequel and I already have a copy in my bookshelf!!! I might be up all night reading again!
I loved this book and think it would make a great TV mini series. A good mix of history, romance and adventure.
I enjoyed this, although not as much as the other 2 Di Morrissey books I’ve read. At times it dragged a little, and I felt that a little more of the present-day involvement would have helped to break up the story a little. I was also confused about something told in the beginning that was never linked in - although perhaps it was never meant to be, but just to show how dangerous pearling could be. Nevertheless, it still made me feel that the story was a little disconnected.I hadn’t known muc [...]
Begins as a contemporary Australian story of Lily Barton, going through her mother's papers and finding an old pearl necklace she recognizes but does not understand the significance of. It takes her to Broome to follow her roots and discover her family's story there. The story then follows the lives of early settler Olivia Hennesey and pearl diver captain John Tyndall through many twists and turns. It explores Broome's pearling heritage, it's multicultural background of Japanese, Malay and Abori [...]
I have read everyone of Di's books and this is by far my favourite! Having lived in Broome after reading this book, I found Di's portrayal of the pearling town as not too far from the truth. The captivating writing style makes me want to read it all over again!
Loved this book. I find it interesting to read about Broome and Darwin's multicultural heritage in the late 1800s. What a page turner - I tend to enjoy this type of historical fiction. I thought it a clever way to tell the story, by Lily's discovery of her past
Fantastic, love the historical as well as the romantic aspect of the story
First published in 1995 but new to me, this is a fascinating book by Australian author De Morrissey set in Broome, Australia, in the late 1800s. It begins in Sydney in 1995 with a mother’s death. Lily thus embarks on a quest to learn about her background, something her mother would never share with her.The larger part of the story is set in Broome and relates to what Lily learns about her heritage. A book of nearly 500 pages, it is a quick read because the reader is not likely to put it down v [...]
Absolutely loved this from start to finish. I enjoyed learning about Broome, the Pearling Industry and Australia. Would love to see this as a movie
I learned such a lot from this book. The descriptions of the pearling in earlier years, the 'family'sense of teh aboriginal tribe that lived there, the way the mixture of races lived harmoniously made mt think. I didn't know Broome had been attacked in WW11 I have old workmate who discovered her aboriginality and it never made sense of it to me as I thought it was mainly for the economic benefits when her daughter became ill but I think it may be deeper than that now. enjoyed reading the book
Di Morrissey is one of my favorite authors and this book was just beyond anything I've ever read. An epic story of life and love the spans decades and several generations, it left me in tears and it stayed with me weeks after finishing it. Some parts of it sort of drag on and at some points you think, 'Seriously? Will they EVER get a break?' and sometimes stuff is a bit too unbelievable, but I think it's still one of the best books I've ever read.
4-4 1/2 star read. Di Morrissey's novels about Australia are always great reads and this one did not disappoint. Set in the pearling area of North West Australia, we meet Olivia who arrives in the area in 1893 with her husband and becomes one of the early pioneers in the pearling industry. We also meet Lily in 1995 who comes to Broome to find answers to questions about her family and finds links with Olivia. A great read.
Enjoyed the Broome scenes most and learned a lot about the pearling industry there. Very well researched an well presented. There were a number of death around Olivia and that made the story suspicious and unbelievable, Otherwise an enjoyable read.
Una historia que se cuece a fuego lento, muy cuidada con personajes muy humanos. El final me resultó precipitado.
I love Broome and I adored this book. So happy as I've been meaning to read it for years.
This gave a pretty good overview of the pearling industry in Broome and the Dampier Peninsula, definitely worth a read if you are visiting these places. Light, easy read.
A classic epic generational novel.Broome, Australia and pearling.Tyndall, Olivia etc.
This was an audio book but I really enjoyed it and the background history of the pearlers in Broome. It begins in the present day then takes you in a wonderful journey with Lily trying to find out her past land find out about an unusual necklace she finds as she feels it has a significant connection to her family she never knew as her mother hardly or never mentioned them. What she uncovers is a fascinating life her family led and one she would never ever have dreamed of or imagined before. Very [...]
Losing your Mother marks the time when you are a woman in your own right; perhaps a time for reflection; a reminder of your own mortality or a time to start a new journey. Going through her deceased Mother’s papers, Lily discovers a string of magnificent pearls with a beautiful, unusual pendant. Among the photos and other memorabilia of her Mother’s life, she also finds a photo of a man in vintage clothes, looking a little like an old fashioned sailing master – but who is he?Lily puts the [...]
Hey, look, a book I did not buy for a quarter at a used book sale! Instead, this was a hand-me-down from a friend getting rid of books before a move (something which I know absolutely nothing about). The overarching story--a woman goes on a journey to find her past, reads her great-grandmother's diary, and learns more about herself than she though she could--is pretty standard but fairly enjoyable. The downside, however, is that Lily's story of discovery is confined to one hundred pages at the b [...]
I was left wondering if it is possible to love and be disappointed by the same book. I live in Broome and it was wonderful to read a story based on a real place and real events. I loved being able to imagine the story in the real life places such as the Continental Hotel, Shiba Lane and Roebuck Bay. And yes, Broome is as beautiful as the author describes.Unfortunately I literally laughed out loud. Not a hooray! at a long awaited happy outcome, but because there was just one too many plot contriv [...]
Loved it! This is the third book I've read by this author. Again, another book based on research - this time on the pearling town of Broome. I didn't know that Broome was bombed by the Japanese in WWII. Story of a woman going thru a suitcase left by her recently deceased mother, she doesn't know anything of her family history and found a photo of a man with'Broome 1910' on the reverse. She decides to go there to find out more. When she arrives she goes to various places and meets locals, then sh [...]
I loved reading this book, it is about one of my favourite places. It includes a good dose of history of the area, is a bit romantic with a few unexpected turns, and is an easy read. It is a book that makes me smile when I think of it, and will probably re-read when the time is right. But it is not rocket science, just some fun.I think this would be my favourite Di Morrissey book thus far. Most likely as I could relate to the location and history from the outset, and I was transported back to th [...]
This was the first book that I had ever read where I knew it was crap. I am sorry to the people who liked it. But it was totally unbelievable. How can so many bad things happen to one person? Every person she knew diedtally crazy. I was around 14 when I read it, and I totally remember sitting on my bed as I was finishing the book. When I finished the last page i remember rolling my eyes at how absurd it was.
Di Morrissey swept me back to the turn of the 20th Century in Broome, and details life of settlers in the pearl industry with great detail. This story follows the life of Olivia, who moves to Australia as a newly wed, and watches the trials and tribulations of Olivia and her family over the years in such a way that it brought moments of tears and joy to me as I listened. The audiobook reader was just perfect for this recording!
Hard to rate this novel. The history of Broome is well researched & very interesting, especially as I have visited there recently. Di Morrissey is definitely not a literary writer and the plot is composed of cliches and stereotyped characters, eg, the supposed deceased wife turning up on the day before the wedding of the two main characters. That's been used before!!!!However, for what it is, a reasonable read if you are interested in Broome or want an undemanding read.
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