To a Distant Land

(Distant Land #1)

by Julianne Jones

Book Cover: To a Distant Land
Part of the Distant Land series:
  • To a Distant Land
Pages: 204

Wrongly accused and sentenced to seven years transportation, Katie Donovan is not the only one leaving behind everything familiar to travel to a distant land…

On the journey Katie finds friends and a new faith but it is in a distant land that her faith will face its greatest challenge. Will she stand the test?

Samuel McKinnon accepts a position as spiritual advisor on a convict ship, intending to return home once the journey is complete but he soon discovers that God’s plans are contrary to his own. Will he have the courage to step into the unknown and trust God to direct his steps?

Rhiannon Sanford immigrates with her family to Australia after a rift between her grandfather and father forces the family to leave everything behind. Her father’s dream of a new life will require sacrifice and challenge. Will the price be too great?



Reviews:Omega Writers on Goodreads wrote:

From our CALEB reviewers:

When Kaitleen Donovan’s mother died in childbirth and her father turned to the bottle for solace it seemed that her life could only improve. But much worse was in store. She had three younger siblings and to avoid starvation and against her better judgement she accepted a position as a maid in the Big House.

‘to a distant land’ by Julianne Jones is a historically accurate account of the harshness of life in the early 1800s in both Ireland and New South Wales. We journey with Katie after she rejects the advances of the son of the Master of the Big House. Katie is framed as a thief and despite all evidence to the contrary she is sentenced, at fourteen years old, to seven years transportation to a distant land.

‘to a distant land’ is an interwoven three-strand story of Katie, Rhiannon, an English girl who journals her thoughts of the difficulties presented by this inhospitable land and also Samuel McKinnon, the spiritual advisor from the convict ship. All three learn after many hardships that God’s ways are not our ways.

‘to a distant land’ is an easily read novel that holds the reader’s interest particularly for those interested in Irish and early Australian history and also for those wanting to pray into our Australian ‘roots’.

The words that Julianne Jones concludes with are relevant to all of us who call Australia home: Australia has been called the great Southland of the Holy Spirit. In Rhiannon’s words, it was a country built on pain and suffering and hardship and yes, even death. It seems incredible that a nation built on rejection and pain could prosper yet in God anything is possible.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Fox on Amazon wrote:

I really enjoyed reading this story! It would be hard to pick a favorite character as they all held my interest. I didn't want the story to end! I could relate to the story in that bad things happen in life, and yet God does have a plan... I hoped the story would continue because I really want to know what happened next, and I'm so glad it does!! You can find "To Rise Above" here on Amazon or at her website with is just the author's name at dot com. I'm not sure if I can link directly, but just type in her name as the web address and it should get you there. Both of her books have been wholesome and inspiring... something I would be proud to recommend to others of any age, to read!






About the Author

JULIANNE JONES was born and raised in the beautiful Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia, the inspiration behind many of her novels, and grew up hearing stories about the early settlers from her paternal grandmother.

Julianne is a wife, mother of five, grandmother, and early childhood teacher, and divides her time between family, writing, teaching, playing the piano and flute, and various handicrafts. In 1996 Julianne and her family moved to New Zealand where they have enjoyed numerous outdoor pursuits.

Julianne has been in love with words as long as she can remember. She has adopted John 20:31 as her writing motto: “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His Name.” You can find her website at

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