In 1847 the love for a woman and a debt of honour threatens to destroy two men in the harsh penal colony of Norfolk Island. ,
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Driven by intense jealousy and guilt, Lieutenant Edmund Thornton sets out to destroy convicted felon, Michael Hanlon, both of whom share a love for Sarah Henshall. Her unexpected arrival on the island sets into motion a series of tragic events.
Can Edmund slay the beast of jealousy and find redemption? Or must he accept his fate and risk losing forever the woman he can no longer live without?
Since early childhood, Josephine de Moor has held a fascination of Australian history, with its convict past being an all-consuming passion. Norfolk Island and its second convict settlement has especially captivated her. As a volunteer at the Queensland Genealogical Society she has also helped many families discover their historical origins. She lives in Brisbane with her husband. Heart of a Beast is her first work of fiction.