On discovering a family connection to one of the Hunter Valley first settlers I turned my hand to historical fiction.
Paula's latest Australian fiction release
Alone. Near destitute. Can she beat the odds?
An exciting Australian historical debut.
1831, New South Wales
Reeling from her mother’s death, Madeleine Barker-Trent arrives in the newly colonised Hunter River to find her father’s promises are nothing more than a halcyon dream. A day later, after a dubious accident, she becomes the sole owner of a thousand acres of bushland, with only three convicts and handsome overseer Daniel Coulter for company.
Determined to fulfil her family’s aspirations, Maddy refuses to return to England and braves everything the beautiful but wild Australian country can throw at her – violence, danger, the forces of nature and loneliness. But when a scandalous secret and a new arrival threaten to destroy all she’s worked for, her future looks bleak … Can Maddy persevere or should she simply admit defeat?
A captivating historical tale of one young woman’s grit and determination to carve out her place on the riverbank.
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About Paula J. Beavan
Paula J. Beavan grew up on the banks of the Hunter River where her love of a reading and a good yarn inspired a desire to write.
On discovering a family connection to one of the Hunter Valley first settlers she turned her hand to historical fiction.
An avid reader from childhood, Paula grew up on a small property in the Hunter Valley, riding horses, mustering cattle and listening to the tales of local farriers, cattlemen and farmers.
Her love of history together with a curiosity about the challenges faced by the pioneering women of the region led her to seek out stories of the area’s founding settlers. Serendipitously she discovered a family connection to William Harpur, local landowner and one of Australia’s early surveyors. Inspired by this connection she delved deeper–Harpur lost his sight, and his wife Catherine was one of the women who managed their property–a perfect illustration of the women she writes about.