'On Common Ground is the last book in Rebecca Bryn's trilogy, For TheirCountry's Good, and the scene changes dramatically for Ella and Jem, and Harry Cartwright, Ella's husband under English law. Ella reaches VanDiemen's Land, hoping to find Jem, but as a convict. Jem's son, William, is in grave danger of death from disease and undernourishment in thenursery where Ella is forced to leave him: the only escape for them both is a man to support them. Ella puts her name forward and is married toTom, a kind man, but a dreamer, and his dream is of gold. Whilst Jemworks towards his conditional pardon, falling from grace often, Ellatravels to Australia and treks over the dangerous Blue Mountains,pregnant with Tom's child. Will either Ella or Jem survive? If they do,will they find each other?
On Common Ground brings together the many threads in Rebecca Bryn'strilogy, For Their Country's Good, and every step of the way thecharacters' journeys are so vivid you live their experiences with them."For richer, for poorer" takes on a whole new meaning with danger,passion, guilt, and amazing loyalties conflicting throughout. I feel Ihave tamed a Thylacine, half dog, half tiger, with a pound bounty ifit's caught, and been attacked by bush rangers on a perilous path overthe Blue Mountains of New South Wales. A reader couldn't guess theending, but it has been a delight, and an honour, to read this trilogyto its conclusion. I recommend it to others unreservedly.' - Readers' Favorite 5-star review.
From the Author
This story was inspired by a family story of murder, transportation and shipping tycoons. Researching my family history, I failed to find shipping magnates, but what I did find forms the bones of this story. It was written mainly for myself and my family, but it took on a life of its own and my one small novel blossomed and grew. I loved writing it, the research was fascinating and often sobering, and I feel I know my forebears, and myself, a little better.