A little girl vanished 100 years ago. Her name was Sophie. Where did she go?
An old house in Balmain. A portrait and perfume bottle hidden in a chimney.
Unknown and untouched, while a century passed, their memory slowly fading.
Glimpses of an eight year old girl and her school friend, missing, never found.
The grief of those left behind, those who searched, those who yearned.
So begins a journey to discover an Australian family, five generations, from 1840 to today. Buried in their past is the story of a long lost girl and the pain her vanishing left behind. Fragments slowly emerge from within the walls, stories of those who built and lived in this place.
Her identity is revealed but her disappearance remains a mystery
A chance discovery gives a vital clue.
Set around beautiful Sydney Harbour, this is the story of people and place, from early colonisation to the present day. This book is the first in the Old Balmain House Series. It is a new and revised edition of the previously titled 'The Old Balmain House'.
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Table of ContentsAUTHOR'S NOTE - 11 FAMILY TREE - MAIN CHARACTERS -13 PROLOGUE - 15 CHAPTER 1- A NEW OLD HOUSE AND A DISCOVERY - 17 CHAPTER 2 - INVESTIGATION - 23 CHAPTER 3 - 1841 - ARRIVAL IN AUSTRALIA - 27 CHAPTER 4 - 1842 - ROISIN, FIRST BALMAIN HOUSE - 37 CHAPTER 5 - HANNAH - 41 CHAPTER 6 - 1849 -TRAGEDY - 49 CHAPTER 7 - RETURN TO BALMAIN - 55 CHAPTER 8 - 1854 - A NEW LIFE IN NEWCASTLE - 68 CHAPTER 9 - 1870 - TRAGEDY AGAIN - 71 CHAPTER 10 - ALISON COMES HOME - 75 CHAPTER 11 - 1872 -ANOTHER HOUSE IN BALMAIN - 83 CHAPTER 12 - SOPHIA - 87 CHAPTER 13 - 1899 - JIMMY WILLIAM'S MATCH - 93 CHAPTER 14 - MARIA - 103 CHAPTER 15 - 1900-1901 - PLAGUE AND CELEBRATIONS - 113 CHAPTER 16 - 1905-1908 - BALMAIN'S CHILDREN - 119 CHAPTER 17 - THE BIG STORM - 129 CHAPTER 18 - 1908 - SOPHIE AND MATTY - 133 CHAPTER 19 - WHERE HAS SOPHIE GONE? - 139 CHAPTER 20 - 1942 - DISCOVERY - 149 CHAPTER 21 - RACHEL REMEMBERS - 153 CHAPTER 22 - SARAH - 161 CHAPTER 23 - CLOSING THE CIRCLE - 165 CHAPTER 24 - ALISON BRINGS THE CHILDREN BACK - 175 EPILOGUE - 183 APPENDIX 1 : THE TRUTH BEHIND THE IMAGININGS - 185 APPENDIX 2 : JESSIE JONES - UNKNOWN GIRL - 191 ABOUT THE AUTHOR - 196
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A quest to discover the fate of two missing children blossoms into a saga of families, intertwined by love and loss, across the span of generations. The backdrop is Australia, from its early days of British occupancy to present. As historical fiction, it is fact embellished by the author's speculation and imaginings (we learn which is which at the end). Although under 200 pages in length, it has the feel of a grand epic like Gone With The Wind. The writing is so good, I felt like I was right in there as it all took place. This is an author to watch and a story not to miss.
Very interesting historical story