Set in Australia in the early days of colonization, this is the story of Yarrabee, a vineyard, and the people whose lives it dominated - Gilbert Massingham who created it and was obsessed by it, Eugenia his fastidious and sensitive English bride, and the convict woman, Molly Jarvis. Also the bibulous old Mrs Ashburton, Colm O'Connor, Irish artist and remittance man, Eugenia's and Gilbert's children, the convict servants who built the house and tended the vines.
At the time of the Crimean war, Fanny Davenport is living with her cousins at Darkwater on the edge of Dartmoor. The legendary white bird said to haunt Darkwater as an omen of death means little to her until the strange events following the arrival of two young cousins and the appearance of Adam Marsh in the neighbourhood.
A beautiful young widow finds that her job at an Irish castle plunges her into mystery and adventure - autocratic old Miss O'Riordan, her nephews Rory and Liam and her niece Kitty all have secrets connected with the family skeleton in the cupboard, the dead Shamus's marriage.
About the Author
Dorothy Enid Eden (1912-1982) grew up on an isolated farm in New Zealand's South Island. She worked for some years as a legal secretary, but always wanted to be a writer. She wrote children's stories for a local farming publication and at age 21 published her first story for adults. These early writings were published under the name of Ena Eden. Her first book was published in 1940. She travelled extensively after the war, settling in London in the early 1950s, eventually becoming a full time writer.