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Description - Hands Upon the Anvil by Sara Powter

Book 1 in the 'Lockley's of Parramatta' series:- The small town of Parramatta in New South Wales, is a rough place in the early 1830s. Convicts and ruffians galore. However, opportunities abound for those who are willing to work for it. Some do, many won't; the Lockley's are a family who will. Charles becomes a trusted community member after he helps quell a mutiny on the way out aboard the convict ship his faith also grows. He's given a 'Ticket of Leave' and becomes the Government Stores Keeper in Parramatta, whilst running an Inn. Charles and Sal, his wife, grasp the opportunities this colony offers their growing family. Charlie, their oldest son will take over the Inn. However, it is Eddie, their second son, a Blacksmith, who becomes an unassuming hero. Unlike England, the class system is almost gone. There is Convict and Free. There is opportunity for all, if you work for it. A Love story in more ways than one.

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