How could she believe in her future when she couldn't escape her past?
Years ago when I studied art at Sydney's National Art School I discovered its previous occupants were not as carefree as we art students. It was known as the Darlinghurst Gaol. Great sandstone buildings fanned out from a central roundhouse which once served as a chapel. That's where I first wondered about its many sad stories, especially if one was truly innocent. I asked myself if any Christians were incarcerated there had they given up hope?
The cast of characters whose lives entwine with governess Megan Trevallyn's destiny follows:
Cornelia Cantrell, scheming mistress of the Mayfair Mansion; Captain Cantrell, her love; Lieutenant John Stafford, her nemesis; Ezra Montefiore, an ardent suitor; and her Christian mentor, Caroline Chisholm, the bane of all who practice excessive adherence to rules and regulations of the new colony.
As Book I of the Watermark Women Trilogy it can stand alone, but for readers who are waiting for the next two books in the series, there will be a decision re publishing in due course.
|The gates of Darlinghurst Gaol where the seed for my novel first sprouted.
Rita Stella Galieh scripts and is co-speaker on a Christian radio program, Vantage Point, broadcast throughout Australia. With two books traditionally published and as a contributor to several US nonfiction anthologies, she has four more novels ready for the right publisher. Her weekly blog features real life stories from all over the world. see http://inpspirationalromance.blogspot.com