Broome, Australia, It S The Wild And Passionate Heyday Of The Pearling Industry, And When Young English Bride Olivia Hennessy Meets The Dashing Pearling Master, Captain Tyndall, Their Lives Are Destined To Be Linked By The Mysterious Power Of The Pearl Sydney, Australia, Lily Barton Embarks On A Search For Her Family Roots Which Leads Her To Broome But Her Quest For Identity Reveals Than She Could Have Ever Imagined An entertaining Aussie saga, in which I loved learning about the famous Broome pearling industry It just went on a little too long at the end, and could have been cut by a few chapters. El mejor modo que se me ocurre para definir El secreto de la perla es decir que es una novela cl sica, una novela que puede gustar a cualquier buen lector dispuesto a dejarse llevar por una gran historia y que enamorar 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 contempor nea, acaba de perder a su madre y entre sus pertenencias descubre un collar y unas fotograf as que utiliza como excusa para averiguar la historia de su familia Una vez la investigaci n de Lily avanza, nos encontramos con Olivia, la abuela de Lily de la que ella no sab a nada, y es esa historia la que realmente logra capturarnos, al menos ese ha sido mi caso Los personajes que crea Di Morrissey son reales, tienen matices y sus sentimientos convencen y te atrapan.La historia de Olivia Hennessey, su marido Conrad y el capit n John Tyndall es preciosa Las subtramas que se desarrollan alrededor de la saga familiar, as como el trasfondo hist rico sobre Australia e Inglaterra en el siglo XIX, los recolectores de perlas, son tambi n fascinantes El secreto de la perla es una de esas novelas que sin duda puedes recomendar sin parar. 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 and think it would make a great TV mini series A good mix of history, romance and adventure. 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 No me gusto nada Me cost mucho terminarlo, s lo lo hice porque no me gusta dejar libros empezados No me gust la narrativa de la autora, creo que adem s est mal traducido No me conmovi Las cosas se suced an sin mucho sentido y sin un hilo conductor, como que no iban a ning n lado No lo recomiendo. 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 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 much about the pearling industry in Broome, and this book gave some interesting insight I then went looking at some information online this website was good, and with links at the end for people interested in exploring further.I was also interested to read about Aboriginal life and attitudes to family I read Spirits of the Ghan by Judy Nunn a couple of months ago, and this feels like a continuation of that although this book was written about 20 years earlier It was interesting to get a little insight into some of the rituals of Aboriginal life and reasons behind them.There are a couple of reasonably graphic sex scenes, for anyone who would rather avoid this They probably are gratuitous the story wouldn t be any the worse if they were left out but at least they are limited and not scattered throughout the book every few pages I will look forward to continuing to read Di Morrissey books for the beautiful descriptions of Australia, if nothing else. 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 most about this book, because while I read a lot of romance, which is genre adjacent, I don t generally do this genre It s not my thing.My experience of Australian historical fiction goes something like this A young white woman arrives in some really remote place Your dress is stupid, a man laughs If he s handsome, she ll fall in love with him If she s really lucky, they might get married in about thirty years.The woman goes to live in a shack and spends huge swathes of time alone Some man, generally her husband, will leave her a gun before he goes off to do something important It will probably involve gold or sheep It will most certainly involve gambling and getting very drunk and sex with cheap floozies He will instruct her to shoot any non whites she sees She must have large quantities of booze on hand so that when white men do show up, they can have a drink after they rape her If you are very good, her husband tells her, in ten years time I will buy you a piano The woman battles the elements, because it s hot and rains and there are fires and floods and dust storms Animals get diseases and die in agony If she has children, at least one of them will get bitten by something poisonous and die If there are workers around, they will have fights They will fall off horses and break their legs and they will cut themselves with machetes And die There are no other white women Other white women have either died or run away Occasionally, the man she will eventually marry will show up to rescue her from something and they ll fight and or kiss Australian historical fiction is all about being somewhere and attempting to appreciate its remote, savage beauty while you struggle to not die And being racist Australian history is full of racist Tears of the Moon has quite a few of these elements, but at least pearls aren t gold or sheep, and I thought the history was interesting It made a change from sheep in the bush The book has a prologue which I recommend skipping but effectively starts with Lily In 1995 she discovers that her recently dead mother has left her an amazing pearl necklace Her mother has never talked about her past, and Lily is now curious to find out about her family She sets out for Broome, thinking that she might do some research and write a book.Most of the book deals with Olivia Hennessy, a young, recently married English woman who arrives with her husband to do some sheep farming There s tragedy, and an early encounter with swashbuckling Captain John Tyndall When the sheep farming fails, Olivia, her husband Conrad, and Tyndall form a pearling venture.Olivia s story, and the stories of the people she encounters, span about 50 years There s the rise and fall of the pearling industry and two world wars There s the attacks on Broome in World War II It s very subtle, but there s also the cultural change that takes place in the early part of the 20th century Di Morrissey s style isn t big on internal character development She ll occasionally let you know how a character felt about something, but the whole book feels like a surface, factual account of what was going on In some ways, it feels like non fiction with a fiction like gloss the sort of books where the author decides to bring some primary source to life by inserting thoughts, feelings, dialogue etc into an historical person This is not necessarily a bad thing The characters have interesting adventures Some of those adventures are the type of thing that you ve probably heard from someone who starts the story with you wouldn t read about it, but While I m not going to hurry out and buy Di Morrissey books, or Australian historical fiction, this was pretty enjoyable And I want to go back to Broome. 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 Aboriginal people I have always been intrigued by the early connection between the Australian indigenous people of the North and the Macassan traders, well before European civilization invasion I found the writing clumsy at times but still could not put down the book, because it took me many places I wanted to go and showed me things I wanted to know about.