About the Books
Bury the Ghost
A terrible tsunami struck the idyllic South Pacific islands the afternoon Carla Kennedy and Daniel Briggs made love for the first time. The skiff they’d been rowing across the bay on their way home from school had broken into countless pieces, but Carla had managed to cling tightly to a small piece of its timber decking in her desperate struggle to survive, refusing to surrender it even after she’d been rescued. She woke, bewildered and lost, suffering amnesia and, unknown to her at the time, pregnant.
An elderly couple, Joshua and Hazel Kaplan, volunteer workers in the aftermath of the disaster, took pity on her, opening their hearts and home to the teenager. In time, she became Rebecca Kaplan, and was lovingly cared for by her surrogate parents who educated her and willingly filled the role of grandparents to her baby daughter, Jenna.
Daniel searched endlessly for his love, hurt and angry at his mother’s admonition to, “Bury the ghost and get on with your life.” He moved to Australia to study medicine and, even though he eventually married and had a family, he was constantly haunted by memories of his childhood sweetheart.
Bury The Ghost follows the lives of these two young people and their battles to cope after being so tragically separated.
With the sirens blaring, a terrified orphan dives into an underground bomb shelter during the London Blitz. So begins this true-to-life novel that takes readers from Joseph Beresford’s early childhood in war-torn London, to his years in a Catholic orphanage, and on to life in Australia.
After workers find the terrified young boy in the bomb shelter, Joseph spends a few months at the orphanage before being transported with other children by ship to Australia to survive the war. The resourceful lad escapes when he is 14, and goes on to work an assortment of jobs until he stumbles upon his ticket to financial success.
Joseph spends every waking moment amassing his fortune, but ends up alone with no one to inherit his millions. Once upon a time he fell in love with a woman he could never have, and is now searching for any children he has fathered. Will Joseph be able to make his life have meaning? This historical novel touches on the tragedies of war, survival, and long-lost love.
About the Author
Patricia Huckle was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and moved to Cape Town where she spent most of her life. After being widowed, she migrated to Australia, where she now lives with her partner on the beautiful Gold Coast. This is her third book.