The phenomenal bestseller that won hearts the world over.
Katherine Scholes was born in Tanzania, East Africa, the daughter of a missionary doctor and an artist. She has fond memories of travelling with her parents and three siblings on long safaris to remote areas where her father operated a clinic from his Land Rover. When she was ten, the family left Tanzania, moving first to England and then settling permanently in Tasmania. As an adult, Katherine moved to Melbourne with her film-maker husband. The two worked together for many years, writing books and making films. They have now returned to Tasmania, where they live on the edge of the sea with their two sons. Katherine is the author of four international bestsellers- The Rain Queen, Make Me An Idol, The Stone Angel, The Hunter's Wife and The Lioness. katherinescholes.com
Kate is attempting to construct a normal life in Melbourne and forget her traumatic childhood in Africa where her missionary parents were savagely killed by Rwandan bandits. She is befriended by an eccentric woman who moves in next door, with a goat for a lawn mower and a penchant for sitting by a campfire wearing African talismans. Kate is terrified when she discovers the woman is Annah Mason, her godmother and her mother's estranged best friend, who was present on the night her parents died, and strangely escaped unharmed. But Annah is desperate to tell Kate her story: of being a mission nurse on the edge of the African Congo in the early 1960s; of falling in love with an Oxford-educated tribal chief; of becoming involved with witchdoctors and native medicine; and finally, of that tragic night. This evenly paced example of pure storytelling rates high on the entertainment scale and includes all the requisite ingredients of a good saga: danger, evil, friendship, adventure and a splash of romance. Although the plot falters towards the end (common in this genre), when conclusions are being drawn all too quickly, the flashback sequences are seamless, and the exotic setting makes for a page-turning, entertaining read. Joanne Shiells is an editorial assistant at D W Thorpe. C. 2000 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors