The story of two remarkable women, united by blood but separated by time – from the author of Dust of the Land
Born in poverty, transported for theft, and in love with a charismatic but dangerous man – for Cat Haggard the Tasmanian Governor's House is not merely a beautiful building but a symbol of all she hopes to obtain in life. From convict, bushranger and accused pirate, Cat transforms herself into an entrepreneur and pillar of colonial Tasmanian society. But how is she connected to a missing ship? And could she be involved in the disappearance of a priceless treasure that, one hundred and three years after her death, will be claimed not only by a foreign government but by unscrupulous men determined to use it for their own ends?
Joanne, dean of history at the university and Cat's descendant, is assigned the task of locating the missing artefact. Joanne believes the key may lie in a coded notebook she has inherited along with Cat's other mysteries. But will she be able to decipher the message and put a century-old secret to rest? And will she survive to join her true love in the Governor's House – a house that has come to mean as much to her as it did to her long-dead ancestor?
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I enjoyed this book.
The juxtaposition of the two different timelines past and present.
Set in the wonderful landscape of Tasmania it is an easy story to get into and you know exactly what period you are reading by the chapters being headed Cat or Joanne.
The story flows with ease, the characters are well defined and you certainly can attune to the class distinction of what was available to the free settlers and the officers, as opposed to the convicts.
Arthur Dunstable who caused Cat Haggard to be charged for a felony she did not commit in the first place, was typical of his arrogant breeding, just as Cat
was very much a product of hers.
Everyone needs a Mungo. He had his own reasons as to why he couldn’t commit to Cat, but he did in his own way.
For myself I found the story entertaining.
Would thoroughly recommend it, a journey back in time
Characters with heart and soul and a few miscreants thrown in for good measure.