Featured: Cold Blows the Wind by Catherine Meyrick
A story of love – a mother’s love for her children, a woman’s love for her family and, those most troublesome loves of all, for the men in her life.
The past is never far away, never truly forgotten.
Hobart Town 1878 – a vibrant town drawing people from every corner of the earth where, with confidence and a flair for storytelling, a person can be whoever he or she wants. Almost.
Ellen Thompson is young, vivacious and unmarried, with a six-month-old baby. Despite her fierce attachment to her family, boisterous and unashamed of their convict origins, Ellen dreams of marriage and disappearing into the ranks of the respectable. Then she meets Harry Woods.
Harry, newly arrived in Hobart Town from Western Australia, has come to help his aging father, ‘the Old Man of the Mountain’ who for more than twenty years has guided climbers on Mount Wellington. Harry sees in Ellen a chance to remake his life.
But, in Hobart Town, the past is never far away, never truly forgotten. When the past collides with Ellen’s dreams, she is forced to confront everything in life a woman fears most.
Based on a period in the lives of the author’s great-great-grandparents, Sarah Ellen Thompson and Henry Watkins Woods, Cold Blows the Wind is not a romance but it is a story of love – a mother’s love for her children, a woman’s love for her family and, those most troublesome loves of all, for the men in her life. It is a story of the enduring strength of the human spirit.
Meet Catherine Meyrick:
Catherine Meyrick is a writer of romantic historical fiction. Her stories weave fictional characters into the gaps within the historical record – tales of ordinary people who are very much men and women of their time, yet in so many ways are like us today. These are people with the same hopes and longings as we have to find both love and their own place in a troubled world.
Catherine lives in Melbourne, Australia but grew up in Ballarat, a large regional city steeped in history. Until recently she worked as a customer service librarian at her local library. She has a Master of Arts in history and is also an obsessive genealogist. When she is not writing, reading and researching, she enjoys gardening, the cinema and music of all sorts from early music and classical to folk and country& western. And, not least, taking photos of the family cat to post on Instagram.
Review by Lizzy:
I read a lot of books, but it’s not that often I think about them in my non-reading time and look forward to the late evening when I can get back to the story. Cold Blows the Wind is one of those books that embedded itself in my heart and wouldn’t let go.
Ellen Thompson was the epitome of a strong woman … and true strength, to me, shines the brightest when one is poor, when life is unfair, when one is mistreated, and when dreams die unfulfilled. All of this and much more describes Ellen, yet she managed to take care of herself, her children, and her loved ones in the way she best could … always standing up for who she was.
This historical story, which begins in Hobart Town, Australia in 1878, is rich in color and character … offering much insight into the lives of the poor and the harsh and often brutal living and societal conditions that were the norm. I did not know until I had read the entire book that it was based on the author’s great-great grandparents and their families. (While this is stated in the blurb, I only read the first paragraph when I purchased it.)
I have no wish to give away any of the story, but Ellen’s character and her story resonated strongly with me. I was fascinated to read the historical notes at the end of the book, and I am impressed by all I can imagine Catherine Meyrick put into telling/researching this fragile, yet very human tale. She has combined history and fiction to produce a truly wonderful book.
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