As Mrs. James Gary Longchamp, Dawn is blissfully happy. But a legacy of deceit and betrayal still haunts her... At last Dawn can create a haven of warmth and love for her beautiful baby girl, Christie, and her darling Jimmy. Dawn is a huge success as the new owner of the Cutler's Cove hotel...and soon she and Jimmy will be blessed with a child of their own. Yet Dawn cannot quell her forebodings of evil. She can sense Grandmother Cutler's presence everywhere...can feel her bitter hatred as if the old lady plotted her vengeance from the grave. When Dawn discovers that her brother, Philip, still clings to his mad, shameful passion for her, she is heartstricken. Her spiteful, jealous sister, Clara, is far easier to ignore...until the day Clara's childish rage explodes into violence, destroying Dawn's most cherished, precious dream. Then Christie's father, debonair singing star Michael Sutton, returns. Now, as the heartaches and scandals of the past threaten to engulf her, Dawn must fight for her steadfast Jimmy...for only with Jimmy's love can she find the rainbow at the end of the storm.
At last Dawn is happy. She has found her beautiful baby daughter Christie, and she and Jimmy have finally married. Although she has had to abandon her singing career, she is a huge success as the new owner of the Cutler's Cove hotel. Yet still Dawn cannot quell her forebodings of evil. She can sense Grandmother Cutler's presence and her bitter hatred everywhere. And when she makes the shameful discovery that her brother Philip still harbours romantic feelings towards her, Dawn can only hope that his impending marriage will curb his mad desire. Her spiteful, jealous sister, Clara, is far easier to ignore - until her childish rage explodes into violence, causing unspeakable tragedy.
Emma is a young woman entering the prime of her youth, a time when most girls are only worrying about how they look and meeting boys, when sets out on the most difficult path into the West to follow her family and their dreams of living a frontier life. Emma is faced with following the same trail her parents traveled with fatal results as she desperately attempts to locate her missing brother, Cleve, who has either been killed or abducted by Native Americans. Along the way, she unexpectedly finds love in a trail hardened wagon-hand, Elias Maddock. Filled with excitement, suspense, and drama, Emma's journey does not end after she and Elias settle and build a successful farm together. Emma finds that the deep resentment she harbors concerning her brother's disappearance will lead her through her most difficult challenge yet. Gatdula wittingly guides her audience through a complete circle in her story of a pioneer woman who's peace will only be brought about by a Twilight Child.
Happy and innocent, Dawn's daughter Christie has grown up in the safest, most loving of homes. Yet she can't help feeling as though a dark cloud hovers over Cutler's Cove - a cloud whose origins lie in her family's troubled history and the many questions that no one, not even Dawn, will answer. Then, in one harsh night, Christie's world is changed for ever. Shocked to discover her Uncle Philip's unbrotherly love for her mother, Christie flees to The Meadows, the Virginia plantation where she was born. But The Meadows is blighted by its own dark secrets and, as the black storms of evil gather round her, Christie must struggle to break the cruel bonds of the past and defy the curse that has haunted Cutler's Cove for generations.
Dawn appears to have finally found happiness and security as the wife of her darling Jimmy, and as the successful owner of the Cutler's Cove hotel. She and Jimmy have created a warm haven for Dawn's little Christie and soon they will be blessed with a child of their own. Yet Dawn is haunted by Grandmother Cutler's presence, sensing her bitter hatred even from beyond the grave.
Sydney Kent was a longed-for IVF baby, Her mother Avila prayed to the Bambinello, a small carved and jewelled statue of the infant Jesus housed in the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Rome. Father Roland Bruccoli, whose mother also prayed to the Bambinello is visiting the church of Santa Maria when the Bambinello is stolen.
The rights of grandparents to visit their beloved grandson pit them against their remarried daughter-in-law. When Charlie and Molly’s son dies, their daughter-in-law remarries and is vaulted into an upper class world of money and privilege. She is now determined to lead a new life and keep her son free from the blue-collar influences of her ex in-laws. Forced to sue for their right to visit their beloved grandson, Charlie and Molly enter a world of courtroom conflict that deeply affects everyone involved, including the trial judge. Each of the players in this remarkable drama must search their souls for the right decision, not for themselves, but in the best interest of the child whom they all deeply cherish. Topical and utterly devastating, this novel, originally a Reader’s Digest book, delves deeply into the heart-rending dilemma of generational conflict.
A luminous novel that both questions and celebrates the miraculous 'fresh and brilliant ... the sort of book that keeps on unfolding in the imagination, long after you've finished reading it.' Gabrielle Lord 'It is strange and fascinating to me to think of people - Avila in particular - praying me into existence.' Nineteen-year-old Sydney Peony Kent was a longed-for IVF baby. Her mother, Avila, not only used science to conceive, but also prayed to the Bambinello, a small bejewelled carving of the infant Jesus, housed in the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Rome. Avila's distant relative Father Roland Bruccoli was conceived conventionally. His mother also prayed to the Bambinello before his birth - and that of his twin sister. One evening when the adult Roland is visits the church, the Bambinello is stolen. Roland hopes that Father Cosimo, archivist, poet and riddler, can help retrieve it. But when matters of belief are involved, nothing is straightforward, as Sydney discovers, too, when she is caught up in the search. Deftly weaving together religion, science, pregnancies wanted and unwanted, love, loss and belief, Carmel Bird has created a luminous novel that both questions and celebrates the miraculous. 'Given her due, Carmel Bird would be recognised as one of Australia's finest storytellers and connoisseurs of story' Peter Pierce, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 'Bird's prose stylr delights in coincidences and conundrums, in the playful and dangerous blend of fact and fiction' Dorothy Johnston, CANBERRA tIMES
A riveting story of supernatural suspense and ghostly romance, from the author of The Sacrifice Stone and The Quiet Earth.
Taken from eighteenth-century Finland by her father, teenager Eleni eventually finds a home in Scotland, receiving help along the way from brounies, fairies, and other creatures she has the ability to see and talk with.
Sequel to Dark Changeling. Gillian, a vampire-human hybrid in the throes of adolescence, panics at the unfamiliar urges and powers surging through her. Overwhelmed, she runs to the half-human father she has never known. Psychiatrist Roger Darvell has come to terms with his vampire half and built a good life, with a satisfying career and his human partner, Dr. Britt Loren, who is also his lover.Gillian's sudden appearance out of a December night throws him into turmoil. Can he teach her how to live as an ethical vampire without violating either side of her nature? Before they have much time to learn to trust each other, a specialist in folklore kidnaps Gillian to study her. She is soon rescued, not by Roger, but by Camille, a vampire woman determined to avenge her brother, whom Roger killed in self-defense thirteen years earlier. Camille's wild, fierce lifestyle proves seductive to Gillian. Can she resist Camille's attempt to make her a "real" vampire, one who treats ordinary mortals as mere prey? Can Roger save Gillian before her human side becomes completely submerged in lust for the kill?