LOVE AND TRUST, SHATTERED BY SECRETS AND LIES
When Catherine Tedder’s husband dies suddenly in September 1822, she is left alone with two small girls. Accepting the proposal of James Blay Jr sees her trapped in a marriage of convenience – for him. Struggling with the vagaries of her wayward husband, Catherine and the girls are forced to adapt to his tyranny. He moves them between Hobart and New Norfolk and refuses to let the girls attend school.
It’s 1823, her rights as a wife are limited.
Returning after time spent in prison, James Blay Jr appears to be a changed man. He is attentive, caring and supportive – until his father dies.