Linda S Dowling
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About Linda S Dowling
Linda Dowling grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. During her childhood, she spent most of her life in rural areas and has continued to enjoy life in the bush or in remote areas with natural surrounds. Her aunt, a wonderful horsewoman, lived in Carinda, New South Wales and taught her a great deal about horses, riding and the outback. It was during her vacations with her aunt that Linda herself, fell in love with the vast outback plains and the Aboriginal culture, their stories and their unique but simple way of living. Linda has a natural affinity with Indigenous peoples and has been the only white girl personally asked to play for the Papua New Guinea softball team in the Pan Pacific Masters, held every 2 years on the Gold Coast, Queensland. In her professional life, Linda has established and managed four medico-legal firms, including her own. During the course of her career, she has been involved in reporting on Coronial matters and Inquests. She has also worked with the New South Wales Police State Crime Command Centre where she was exposed to the worst of human nature. Linda has drawn upon her professional and personal experiences whilst writing her Red Dust novel series, but the stories are a work of fiction and do not depict and person, living or dead.
Titles By Linda S Dowling
Betrayed. Abandoned. SPLINTERED
It is the 1960s, and teenage Lisa O’Connor is growing up in a brutal family in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. Abused and forsaken by those she should have been able to trust the most, Lisa is sent away to the notorious Parramatta Girls Home for ‘reform’. While captive there, she encounters the depths of human depravity and sinks even further into despair.
Luckily for Lisa, she is rescued from this abhorrent life by her childless aunt, who takes her to live at a remote sheep station in outback New South Wales. Lisa finds herself in a world that is different to anything she has known before, and she falls in love with the homestead, Woori, the harsh outback landscape and the Aboriginal culture. With the help of her aunt and uncle, two female Aboriginal elders and Billy, a very special young Aboriginal man, Lisa’s splintered heart and broken spirit begin to mend.
Splintered Heart, book one in the Red Dust series, takes readers on an emotional journey into the depths of human darkness, and out again, into the light of the human spirit. Lisa’s determination and desire to overcome her horrific beginnings tell a saga unlike any other. Both horrifying and inspiring, this is a story that can’t be put down.
HUNTED. THREATENED. RUINED.
Will Lisa O'Connor's strength of spirit, reinforced by her love of the Australian outback and the Aboriginal culture, see her prevail against the escalating sinister intentions surrounding her?
It is the early 1970s. Lisa O'Connor is still haunted by her horrific past. The abuse she suffered at the hands of her brother-in-law and while incarcerated at the Parramatta Girls Home is about to come full circle. A police investigation into these crimes is now being carried out by Sydney detectives, throwing Lisa back into turmoil. Will the detectives believe her? Will justice ever catch up with her monstrous abusers? Or will they elude capture and punishment?
While under the care of a prominent psychiatrist, Lisa continues to heal from her ordeal. But a new, more sinister threat emerges. An unbalanced and menacing individual has set his sights on Lisa and will stop at nothing to have her. With her close friend Billy still on walkabout, and with her new life at Woori endangered, will she survive this time?
Sinister Intent, book two in the Red Dust series, picks up where the bestseller Splintered Heart left off. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Australian outback, and with its rich cast of characters, both old and new, this sequel is a masterful page turner. Packed full of suspense, romance, tragedy and loss, author Linda Dowling brings a young girl's saga alive again.