For the Love of Patrick

Part one in a new series of classic Australian historical writing by Doreen Slinkard.

  • ISBN Paperback: 978-0-6485391-9-3
  • ISBN E-Book: 978-0-6485391-8-6
  • Publisher: Ingram Sparks
  • Publication Country: Australia
  • Publication date: 31/08/2017
  • Format: Paperback | 420 pages
  • Dimensions: 240 x 352 x 155.7mm
  • Weight: 732g

The harsh beauty of rural South Australia conjures up heartbreaking memories for Sally Smith. Having escaped the clutches of a brutal master she is forced to abandon her young son to an orphanage. To do so in the late 1800s was a grave decision. For a single mother, not to do so, even graver.

Sally’s tough, pioneering spirit prevails and her son Patrick is never far from her thoughts. But will she ever unite with him again? Will she find a man that deserves her love, strength and tenacity?

This Australian family saga of epic proportions will stir your heart with its authentic Aussie action, adventure and romance. It will sweep you through Australia’s toughest times and reveal a cast of characters whose enduring courage and warmth will captivate every reader’s imagination.

How does a young orphan with an unorthodox upbringing survive the changing face of a nation? Will the horror and menace of World War I keep the adult Patrick from his one true love?

For the Love of Patrick is part one in a new series of classic Australian historical writing by Doreen Slinkard.

With a heavy heart and one final kiss, Sally leaves baby Patrick on the convent step.

Adelaide - Australia 1892 Sally Smith, daughter of an ex-convict, then finds her way into Adelaide City. A chance encounter with a shy but caring young lawyer may offer a new beginning, but if her past is revealed would it ruin the chances of her newly found happiness?

Key characters soon come into play, all of whom add controversy, colour and a pacey narrative.

Part - one offers the foundation and opportunity that provides Patrick with his true family and the platform to begin his longed-for army career.

In part - two, the reader is swept halfway around the world in this turn of the century, family saga. Taking in the lifestyle and sights of Hawaii, to majestic England, ending with The Light Horse battles in the Middle East.

For the Love of Patrick is filled with love, lust, untapped ambition and intrigue.

The following stores have the paperback format of "For the Love of Patrick" in stock.


  • Dymocks - Castle Hill
    Castle Towers, Shop T264, Ground Floor,
    6-14 Old Castle Hill Road, Castle Hill NSW 2154
  • Dymocks - Neutral Bay
    The Grove, Shop 27
    174 Military Road, Neutral Bay NSW 2089
  • Dymocks - Rouse Hill
    Rouse Hill Town Centre, Shop GRO23
    Windsor Road & White Hart Drive, Rouse Hill NSW 2155
  • Wilberforce Newsagency
    Shop 6, Wilberforce Shopping Centre
    King Road, Wilberforce NSW 2756
  • Windsor Newsagency
    162 George Street, Windsor NSW 2756
  • Pages & Pages Booksellers - Mosman
    878 Military Rd, Mosman NSW 2088
  • The Turning Page - Springwood
    1/125 Macquarie Rd, Springwood NSW 2777


  • Dymocks - Geelong City
    Westfield Geelong, Shop 1180, Ground Floor,
    95 Malop Street, Geelong VIC 3220
  • Dymocks - Geelong
    Market Square Shopping Centre, Shops 5-9
    Cnr Malop and Moorabool Street, Geelong VIC 3220
  • Turn The Page - Phillip Island
    40A Thompson Ave, Cowes VIC 3922

Reviews - For The Love of Patrick

  • Stuart Campbell

    Dor Skinkard's new novel For The Love of Patrick is a welcome addition to the family saga genre, and more particularly to its Australian subcategory - think Eleanor Dark, Bryce Courtney, Colleen McCullough as some of the stars in this part of the firmament. Slinkard's book is faithful to the conventions, with its sound historical research, strong female characters, exotic locations, and a tale that weaves its way through the generations. As a bonus there are lots of horses! Australian fans of the genre will especially enjoy the scenes from the charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba.

  • Michael Cybulski

    I was lucky enough to be one of the early readers of this work, and was immediately captivated. It's an interesting story covering the life of a man from birth, his family, and the many fascinating characters who come into contact with his charm, and his many escapades. I don't think I have read an Australian author who brings so much to their work, in terms of authenticity, charm, quirky humour, capturing the Australian essence of the various knockabout characters early in the history of Australia and during the escapades of the Australian Light Horse in Egypt. I can't describe how much I enjoyed the work, and keenly anticipate Patrick 2, which I gather is ready, and Patrick 3, which is 'in progress'. Dor, you have created a lovable character here, really you have, well done! This work will appeal to any reader who enjoys Australiana, outback, family sagas.


For the Love of Patrick Book Launch

26/11/2017 Windermere Farm, Wilberforce
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