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Book Review on Fractured Souls by Desley Polmear

✦ About the book Fractured Souls

Fractured Souls is Desley’s latest book which was published in November 2021.

Congratulations Desley Polmear on your new release, “ Fractured Souls.” I was captivated from the front cover to the feel good finish.

Fractured Souls was inspired by the story of Lewis Edwards and his daughter Miriam. They are separated when she is still very young, initially through his work on cruise ships, and then by episodes of violence that lead to him living a life on the run in Australia. Layer by layer, the parallel stories build – Miriam growing up in Wales in the sometimes-questionable care of family and friends, and Lewis (living under a series of pseudonyms) trying to build a life while evading the law in a succession of outback towns.

The book is about a father, Rhys Collins, who went to sea to work but never came home, leaving behind 13-year-old Miriam and his 6-year-old twins. Their father's sister, Aunt Daisy took in the three children and raised them as her own.

Miriam adored her father, and wondered for years why he abandoned all three of them.

Where was he? Was he still alive? If he were alive, was he thinking of his children?

From pre World War II, Wales, UK, to the turn of the century in Sydney, the reader is taken on Rhys' journey of adventures, strife and multiple identities.

Will Miriam and her siblings find their missing father before he becomes completely lost in the constant dramas of his own making?


What a great read. One of those books you can't put down and it had me enthralled until the end. Characters became real for me. A touching ending. I look forward to a sequel to see how life pans out for the family. Well done Desley Polmear. Keep the books coming. - Joan Gray

Fractured souls is easy to read, with tension rising throughout the book. Central and supporting characters are well drawn. The pace of the narrative never slows and the ending is touching. Well done Desley on a satisfying read that will suit readers of mysteries, thrillers and family sagas. - By author Greg Barron

I enjoyed reading about the life of a man, who I felt had a good heart but made the wrong choices in life. I loved the mateships he encountered along the way and the twists and turns on his journey. His children had the best life they could have without him but always wondering if they would ever be reunited. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. I loved the ending. Or is it? Perhaps there will be a sequel. Best of luck. - Carole Rosetta

Where to buy Desley's books

You can purchase Desley's books online at: or hop on to Book Face in Port Macquarie or Dymocks bookstores everywhere.

Contact Desley Polmear:

+61 475 244 028


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