The beautiful South Pacific island of Grande Terre (New Caledonia) was first used by the French in 1853 as a penal colony. In order to protect its vast nickel deposits from a British takeover, Emperor Napoleon III announced a settlement program. In 1865 young women from the orphanages of Paris were offered a free passage to Grande Terre. Among the first to sail were Clotilde, Louise and Satine. Barely seventeen years of age, will they fulfill their dreams of finding happiness, love and marriage, far away in an exotic new homeland?
An Antique Brooch
After the discovery of Norfolk Island in the South Pacific, it became a British penal colony. In 1854 Magistrate Henry Rogers was summoned to Norfolk to assist with the closure of Kings Town, which had now become a shameful and brutal prison settlement. Against her wishes, Meg, his young daughter accompanied him. Will she find love and happiness on this tiny island far from her home, her friends and the family she left behind?
In the Eye of a Storm
From her earliest years, music left its mark on the destiny of Laneve de Nervode. Regarded as one of France’s finest concert pianists, the brilliance of her playing saved her from the guillotine. Her marriages to the Marquis de Marais, and the Count de Charnade, together with her successful teaching career at the newly established Paris Conservatory of Music, allowed her to survive the violence and bloodshed of the French Revolution.