'Behind the Sun' was my first Deborah Challinor venture - and wow, I am very impressed. I really, really enjoyed this beautifully written book. Beginning in 1820's London and finishing in 1830's old Sydney Town I loved following the lives of the four main female characters who were transported for various crimes to Australia. I always love a good convict read and this period of Australia's history and this is one of the best I have read. Challinor has a talent for vividly drawing the reader into the story and location of story for eg for the four months they were at sea I felt the challenges that were faced and the growing bond between the girls like I was there with them! This is historical fiction at its best....be aware at the end though - and I didn't know this until I was on the last page - there is Book 2 coming out this year sometime!!! Now I just need to find out when and start counting down!!!!!