Pearl in a Cage: A Woody Creek Novel 1

Pearl in a Cage: A Woody Creek Novel 1

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The first novel in Joy Dettman's sensational new Woody Creek series now in B format On a balmy midsummer's evening in 1923, a young woman a€“ foreign, dishevelled and heavily pregnant a€“ is found unconscious just off the railway tracks in the tiny logging community of Woody Creek. The town midwife, Gertrude Foote, is roused from her bed when the woman is brought to her door. Try as she might, Gertrude is unable to save her a€“ but the baby lives. When no relatives come forth to claim the infant, Gertrude's daughter Amber a€“ who has recently lost a son in childbirth a€“ and her husband Norman take the child in. In the ensuing weeks, Norman becomes convinced that God has sent the baby to their door, and in an act of reckless compassion, he names the baby Jennifer and registers her in place of his son. Loved by some but scorned by more a€“ including her stepmother and stepsister who resent the interloper a€“ Jenny survives her childhood and grows into an exquisite and talented young woman. But who were her parents? Why does she so strongly resemble an old photograph of Gertrude's philandering husband? And will she one day fulfil her potential? Spanning two momentous decades and capturing rural Australia's complex and mysterious heart, Pearl in a Cage is the unputdownable new novel by one of our most talented storytellers.The reverse also applied: a#39;Raise a child in the manner of a wild animal and God help the trainer when the child grows large enough to bite. ... He was a man of books, accustomed to written instructions, but with no instruction booklet to guide him in the taming of his child, he turned to the past, to his own boyhood ... Sissya#39;s rewards were great when for a week her sheets were dry, her chamber-pot emptied.

Title:Pearl in a Cage: A Woody Creek Novel 1
Author:Joy Dettman
Publisher:Pan Australia - 2009-10-01


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