The Pearler’s Wife
by Roxane Dhand
Editor: Transworld Publishers (Division of Random House Australia)
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From the high seas to the depths of the seabed, from the screened verandas of Buccaneer Bay to the play of lairs in Asia’s Location, Woman’s Pearler is a superb first, inspired by a small turning point in Australia’s history.A distant landA dangerous husbandA forbidden loveIt was in 1912, and Maisie Porter stood on the bridge of the SS Oceanic as England disappeared from viewIts destination is Buccaneer Bay in northern Western Australia.Her goal – the marriage of her cousin Maitland, a rich pearl magnate – and a man she never metAlso aboard William Cooper, Royal Navy Superior of ManFollowing a directive from the Australian government, he and eleven other “white” divers were hired to replace the predominance Asian pearl crewsHowever, Maitland and his fellow traders did not intend to use the cost of English for longMaisie arrives in her new country to a surprisingly freshAlready confused by her hasty arranged marriage, she is shocked at Maitland’s insensitive behavior towards him – while finding herself increasingly drawn to the intriguing CooperBut Maisie’s new husband harbors secrets of deadly secretsAnd when the Cooper and the divers from sailing to harvesting the mother-of-pearl, they are in great danger, and not just from the unpredictable and perilous ocean
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