By Elizabeth Rickards and Hannah Holbrook, Strategic Book publishing and Rights Co
THE central location for this novel is the sylvan valleys surrounding the Tasmanian township of Waterloo, near Geeveston.
Few maps acknowledge its existence. The commemoration of the Duke of Wellington’s historic victory over Napoleon in the battle of Waterloo in 1815, like the oncethriving village, has seemingly lost its relevance. But its history described here, brings it to life.
Part one of the book is predominantly Hannah Holbrook’s work. It has been informed by a relative’s eye- witness accounts and family diaries. Despite it having been fictionalised, the hardships, violence, tragedies and romances ring with authenticity.
Holbrook’s granddaughter, Elizabeth Rickards, is responsible for part two. She achieves an intimate, honest, raw, even sexy dialogue with readers.
The central characters revolve around the Cavender family.
Eldest son Ricky joined the Army in 1914. In France, he was among a handful of survivors in his regiment. He did more than survive – he made a conversion to the church, fathered more children and re- enlisted when World War II started. This is an incredulous story that will have wide appeal.