Love, Lies, and Legacies



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.


17 May 2019

Janeen has done it again – hooked me in with her sequel which follows the next generation of her family through Tasmania – albeit as a “Fictional story” – with much historical detail of the time. I would recommend that you read No Time for Regret first, so you get to know the background of the family.

Patricia Braden

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good

May 23, 2019

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Such an interesting series. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to immerse themselves in this time & place.

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I can’t put the second book down and I am not a big reader. I am there tendering the garden and eating the oatmeal and honey for breakfast.
Best Xmas present x

Hi Janeen,

I have just finished your second book (Love, Lies, and Legacies) and I loved it as much as the first. What interesting and eventful lives your characters lead! You did a wonderful job of keeping the families’ connections very clear without intruding on the story. I sometimes struggle to remember who is related to who (and how) in novels but not in this one. Thank you and congratulations. Now I ‘patiently’ wait for the next instalment. 5 stars.

Susan Cook