Bridget Crack by Rachel Leary. (2017).
*3 out of 5 stars*
Bridget is an English convict who arrives in Van Diemen’s Land in 1826. She is sent to a few different masters because she is defiant, and eventually she runs away into the Tasmanian bush. On that journey she is found by a group of wanted bushrangers and finds herself in a dangerous position.
The story was not as gripping or enthralling as what I was expecting. It’s a fairly slow paced book with a lot of description and minimal dialogue, and I found myself struggling to care about what would end up happening to Bridget. The descriptions of the Tasmanian bush are the best parts of this book; the imagery is stunning. The few references to the ‘natives’ were quite interesting and I wish the story had involved Bridget (or the supporting characters) having more interactions with the Indigenous people. While I probably wouldn’t read it again myself, I would recommend for those readers who enjoy a slower paced book and/or Australian historical fiction.