I am currently working on a novel set in colonial Tasmania and hope to release it in April 2022.
Hobart Town 1878 – a vibrant town drawing people from every corner of the earth where, with confidence and a flair for storytelling, a person can be whoever he or she wants. Almost.
Ellen Thompson is young, vivacious and unmarried, with a six-month-old baby. Despite her fierce attachment to her family, boisterous and unashamed of their convict origins, Ellen dreams of marriage and disappearing into the ranks of the respectable. Then she meets Harry Woods.
Harry, newly arrived in Hobart from Western Australia, has come to help his aging father, ‘the Old Man of the Mountain’ who for thirty years has guided hikers on Mt Wellington. Harry sees in Ellen a chance to leave his past behind.
But those you love are never as they seem. And when the past reaches out, Ellen faces everything in life a woman fears most.
‘Unspoken Promises’ is not a romance but it is a story of love – a mother’s love for her children, a woman’s love for her family and, those most troublesome loves of all, for the men in her life. Most of all, Ellen’s story is one of the enduring strength of the human spirit.
It is the story of the author’s great-great-grandparents, Sarah Ellen Thompson and Henry Watkins Woods.