A small town, a new arrival, and a love that is as undeniable as it is unlawful...
Victoria, Australia, 1891
Anglican priest Matthew Ottenshaw receives his first posting in tiny Dinbratten, two days' ride from his Melbourne home. Determined to honour his calling as best he can, he throws himself into the footy mad, two–pub town, navigating the dusty streets, learning the gossip, and striking up a friendship with Jonah Parks, the resident police sergeant and local bona fide hero.
A police officer and a priest often find themselves needed at the same place, and Jonah and Matthew's friendship deepens quickly, as they set about their business of protecting the bodies and souls of Dinbratten's residents. When a bushfire threatens the town, and Matthew's inexperience with fire endangers the church buildings, Jonah comes to the rescue, and a reckless kiss in the midst of the chaos takes their friendship to forbidden.
Neither Matthew nor Jonah can go back to the way things were before, but continuing their relationship puts everything at risk: their jobs, their friends, even their lives. In the outback town of Dinbratten where everyone knows everything about everyone else, how can they ever expect to keep a secret this explosive?
'Told with an old-fashioned, authentically Australian wink and a smile...By the Currawong's Call is also a tale with a very timely message: people in love will marry whether it's legal or not.' - Australian author Kim Kelly
'By the Currawong's Call, set in 1891 rural Australia, is a gorgeous story of forbidden love.' - The Novel Approach Reviews
'There is a lushness to the writing, a sweeping, lyrical feeling to the story that just drew me in and kept me captivated.' - Joyfully Jay LGBTQ romance reviews
A clairvoyant conjuring The Currawong’s Call
Transported in time to the punishing period of Victorian horrors, 1892, is like reliving the angst of discovery and exposure all over again. For those of this now free generation, Welton has given us the gift of remembering through the adventurous tale of two lovely men in love. Thanks Welton. Cheers!