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Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Readers' Favorite
John D’Mille shares the exciting history of the great land of Australia in his fictional account titled “Slave of Mickle Fortune: Life So Fickle, Love So Full and Fortune Mickle". Our tale begins in 1879 at Lake Eustone. A train rolls into the station and a prisoner arrives in chains. Seamus Bluey O’Toole was a mere child. He was a scrawny, grubby boy who had faced much cruelty in his short life. From the moment Lilly and Arthur Evans saw their young charge their hearts melted. The Evans were kind and caring people and after a time they adopted Seamus. So begins the tale. “Slave of Mickle Fortune” continues to show what life would be like during that era. Seamus inherited the estate of his adoptive parents. Could Helena truly love him or was she only in love with his monetary worth? Would the murderous gold fields police sergeant, Whithers, succeed in governing their lives by fear and treachery?
John D’Mille is an extremely talented author. He has created a fictional account that could easily be true. His descriptions are vivid allowing me to see the scenes as they are played out on the stage in my mind’s eye. I found the history to be informative, fascinating and generally mesmerizing. D’Mille added just the right amount of humor to lighten this tale. There are several noteworthy characters. Of course I would say that Seamus is a well-developed character. From the moment Lilly was introduced, I liked her and her husband; they exhibited traits that demonstrated their compassion and caring nature. It was exciting to watch the relationships surrounding Seamus develop. In this charming tale readers witness a young boy, a slave, become a fascinating young man capable of taking what life has dealt him and making the most of it. This is a charming read.