Seek a New Dawn Book Summary and Study Guide

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Seek a New Dawn

The downtrodden Emily lives at home with her tyrannical widowed father, the Reverend Arthur Boyce, parson of St Cleer, Cornwall, and his housekeeper, Maude Rowe. Her sister Caroline was lucky enough to get married in time to escape from such an existence. When Emily falls in love with Sam Hooper, a copper miner on Bodmin Moor, her father says he is not good enough for her and ensures that Sam goes on the next ship to Australia, looking for a better life there.
Click here to see the rest of this review

When Arthur's sudden death releases Emily at last from the prospect of a lifetime of drudgery, she and her friend Margaret Minns and the latter's two small sons decide to go to Australia. Their paths cross with various characters, including Stefan Mintoff, an ambitious, untrustworthy politician; Ruth Askew, a prostitute; Abe Gundry, a successful gold prospector whose wife and child are dead and he has nobody to leave his fortune to; and Charlie Minns, Margaret's disreputable long-lost husband. Emily is sure they will help her find Sam, and that it is only a matter of time. When she learns that he is married to a girl he met on the ship out, she throws herself into good works, saving fallen women – and then discovers that he is not married after all.

The review of this Book prepared by John Van der Kiste

Chapter Analysis of Seek a New Dawn

Click on a plot link to find similar books!

Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   fighting matchbreaker (parents/authorities) Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father (or standin) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Australia Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

Books with storylines, themes & endings like Seek a New Dawn

E.V. Thompson Books Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
2 Ways to Search!

Our Chief Librarian