March 10, 2022

Life's Journey

 

 


Life's Journey

by Patricia S. Gibbons

GENRE:   FICTION / Biographical



Penelope, aged 9, and her family emigrate from the UK to Australia. This book covers her journey onboard the ship and her family's friendship with a Greek family. This friendship continues in Australia throughout their life's journey.

The book includes the life effects of being interfered with as a child, and the ups and downs of adopting children. Along the way there is mystery, murder, love and disappointment.

Patricia Gibbons keeps you intrigued and in wonder of what is to come.

An exciting read!



Excerpt:


September 19th, 1951, was my ninth birthday. The P&O Liner Ranchi pulled away from Tilbury Docks in the United Kingdom, bound for an unknown future in Australia, its engines roaring through the water, drowning out the singing from our friends and family gathered at the dock to bid us farewell. I could hear them singing and attempting to harmonise their favourite Vera Lynn war tune, ‘We’ll meet again’ as well as ‘Good night, Irene.’ The sights and sounds will stay in my memory forever.


My name is Penelope (the family calls me Penny), and the immigration of the family to Australia was a sad day for me, but a day of excitement and wonder for my mother Ada and my two sisters, Shirley, who was sixteen, Kate, fourteen, and my elder brother John, who was eighteen.


Dad had made the journey to Australia two years before, and mum longed to see him again on our arrival in Melbourne, Victoria. It was not long before this when Dad returned to the United Kingdom from the war. The family had been evacuated from our house in London when the Germans bombed it. We had so many unpleasant memories of the bombings in London, the air raid shelters, the Germans bombing our school, and finally having to evacuate to the country. After the war, when Dad arrived home, he decided there was a better life for us all in Australia.


Being in the Royal Air Force, it was not a difficult thing for Dad to ask for a transfer to The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and make the trip to Australia to set up house for us all in this new land. Dad had met several Australians while fighting in the war, and he grew to like their sense of fun and their outlook on life. They painted a picture of Australia in Dad’s mind as a land of opportunity, a great place to start a new life. As a number of his mates were stationed at the Point Cook Air Force base in Melbourne, he applied to be posted there, and it was granted. So on September 19th, 1951, we were on our way.


The trip to Australia took six weeks. We travelled through the Suez Canal, and it was an adventure for all the family. The giant liner was a huge playground for us. There were immigrants from the United Kingdom, Greece, Italy, and other countries on board, and one of the Greek families – The Papadopoulos family – became good friends with us all. They had three sons and a daughter. The boys were Sebastian, ten, who became my first boyfriend; Alex, who was just the right age at eighteen to be a friend for John; Theo, a good looking dark haired typical Greek boy of seventeen years, who was to become Shirley’s onboard romance, and last but not least, was a fifteen-year-old girl called Mia who was the right age as a friend for Kate who was very outspoken, Mia was quite shy and Kate bossed her around. It seemed to work out fine between them, and they became inseparable.



About the Author:



Patricia writes under the fictitious name of Patricia Gibbons. She has lived a busy life and some of her adventures are in her new novel,
Life’s Journey, but not all:


In her teenage years singing and dancing were also one of Patricia’s loves and she appeared in a number of stage performances.


Patricia successfully bred Rottweilers for 42 years, and wrote her first book The Rottweiler In Australia about the first 20 years. She published this book back in the mid-1980’s. After becoming an All Breeds Dog Judge, Patricia judged Championship Dog Shows all over Australia, and she travelled overseas to judge in the UK, USA, New Zealand, Malaya, the Philippines and China.


Patricia has a Diploma in Classical Homeopathy and Bach Flower Remedies.

 

Q&A With the Author

When did you first consider yourself to be a writer?


I have always enjoyed writing, whether it was letters, poems, short stories etc.


What advice do you have for a new writer?


Just do it.    Most people would love to write a book, but never get around to it.    My advice to a new writer, just sit yourself down and start.    It will come to you.


What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?


Letting my mind take me into the characters and follow through on that.


What is your favorite part of this story?


My inter action with my Homoeopathic patients.


Which Character was the most fun to write about? Why?


It is my life story, so I enjoyed going back over my life and putting it in words.


Which Character was the hardest to write about? Why?


My adopted children.    I was very cautious not to upset their lives in any way.

 


Connect with Patricia Gibbons


WEBSITE https://patriciagibbonsauthor.com/ 


GOODREADS https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59516112-life-s-journey


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8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great excerpt and interview. The book sounds like a fascinating read. Nice cover!

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  2. I love that the story accounts for the voyage along with ups and downs of adopting children. I enjoyed reading the excerpt and the Q&A

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  3. That's quite a journey. Sounds like a book I will enjoy.

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  4. I like the sound of this book.. reminds me of classic historical movies.

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  5. This sounds like n excellent read.

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  6. The title seems to definitely fit the sweep of the story, since it starts with the narrator as a child and goes through many years after.

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