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About Janeen Ann O'Connell
Janeen's working life was as varied as it was interesting. She worked at the University of Melbourne Archives where her love of history was nurtured, then at Forensic Medicine for Victoria Police. She taught Humanities (which included History) and English, at a secondary school in the outer Melbourne suburbs where she now lives.
Janeen weaves elements from her life experiences into her historical fiction stories.
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The movement of the ship seals his fate. He could be sailing anywhere, anytime, but he’s not, he’s going to the other side of the world. He could be anyone, but he’s not, he’s the son of a respectable London businessman. His crime? An error of judgement. In England, in 1812, there’s no forgiveness. As the ship sails, eighteen-year-old James Tedder’s seven-year sentence to Van Diemen’s Land begins.
Rescuing her eldest son from slave traders in Rio de Janeiro is the most difficult thing Sarah Blay has done in the last two years. Leaving England, her life, her mother, to follow her convict husband James to the other side of the world not knowing if he lives, pales in comparison.
Will lives rebuild? Will love survive?
The letter from the bank is the last straw. William Blay sells his farm before it’s repossessed and absconds with his wife Margaret and three daughters to Port Phillip. But life in the new colony is dogged by the same dramas that hounded William in Van Diemen’s Land. A new start is not as easy as it seemed.
Making the heartbreaking decision to have her husband admitted to the insane asylum, Margaret Blay finds a way to feed her children and pay the rent. But at what cost?
Can William Blay’s children move on from the stain of their father’s insanity, and succeed where he failed?
When Catherine Tedder’s husband dies suddenly in September 1822, she is left alone with two small girls.
Accepting the proposal of James Blay Jr. sees her trapped in a marriage of convenience - for him. Struggling with the vagaries of her wayward husband, Catherine and the girls are forced to adapt to his tyranny.
After spending time in prison, James Blay Jr. appears to be a changed man: attentive, caring, supportive. But a tragedy changes everything.
It’s 1796, twenty-two-year old Elizabeth Bartlett has lost her baby, been convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, and sent from Dublin to the other side of the world. Will sanity prevail?
When she’s sent to work for James Bryan Cullen Elizabeth waits for him to want more than cleaning and cooking.
Is Cullen the gentle soul he appears to be? In a society that treats her as worthless, should Elizabeth dare to hope?
Encadenado bajo cubierta, James Tedder de 18 años escucha los sollozos de sus compañeros prisioneros. Poniendo su mano sobre su nariz para filtrar los viles olores, James se pregunta cómo la vida al otro lado del mundo podría valer la pena.
Sarah Blay observa el Incansable, un buque de convictos que comienza su viaje hacía el otro lado del mundo con su marido y su amigo James Tedder a bordo. Un año más tarde, Sarah reúne a sus tres hijos pequeños y le dice un último adiós a su madre, y sigue a su marido a la Tierra de Van Diemen en un peligroso viaje que le llevará catorce largos meses.
¿Se arrepentirá Sarah de su decisión y alguno de ellos sobrevivirá?