Troubled Waters by Rosemary Hayes


Troubled Waters by Rosemary Hayes

Part one begins in the late 19th Century with 12 year old urchin Jim and his sister Abbie, who make a living selling bits and bobs in the street to earn their keep a home. Then Jim is falsely accused of stealing a gold watch he is charged and sent to Australia, to the recently founded boys' penal settlement on Point Peur! Will Abbie ever see him again? Slowly she learns to fend for herself, and luckily finds work as a downstairs maid, through one of the ladies her mother sews for. Abbie is now 15, honest, and eager to take on any duty. She soon settles in with the other maids, and, like her mother is a talented needlewoman. She is soon making gowns for the young ladies of the house. Things finally seem to be on the up and when Edward, the new junior footman arrives, he and Abbie fall in love, and become engaged. Abbie seems finally to have shrugged off the past. But then Jim arrives home and Abbie is shocked by his scruffy gaunt appearance and lack of social graces. Jim's experience in Australia has clearly marked him for life. He seems angry and off the rails. When he seduces Abbie's friend, Sarah, and then marries her, Abbie fears for them. Jim is moody and unreliable and he drinks too much. Then, leaving his wife with three children to look after, Jim disappears back to Australia where he feels he can make a new life and erase the memory of the crime he never committed all those years ago. But what will become of him, and Abbie? Will news of her brothers' disgrace effect her reputation and her burgeoning career as a seamstress? Will Jim ever return to see his children ...Interweaved with this story is a parallel account of present day Matt and his sister Kate - great-grandchildren of Abbie. Matt, a moody troubled 15year old has left home, unable to bear his overbearing stepfather any longer. Kate frantically searches for him, but when months later there is still no word, she tries to get on with her life. Will Matt get in touch again?


Compact and neatly constructed ... a compelling family saga, well-written and extremely readable The Independent Magazine

About the Author

Rosemary Hayes

ROSEMARY HAYES lives and works in Cambridgeshire. She has written numerous books for children including historical and contemporary fiction and fantasy. Rosemary lived in Australia for six years, and her first children's novel Race Against Time, set in Australia, was runner-up for the 1987 Kathleen Fidler Award.

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176 pages
Interest Age: From 9 To 99


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Publication date

15th May 2003



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