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When Johanna Pattinson is forced to make a choice that runs contrary to everything she believes in, the stakes are deadly.
'Pattinson's Curse' is the first novel in a trilogy that follows the legal career of Johanna Pattinson: from solicitor to barrister and finally to judge. At every step the spectre of this terrible decision hangs over her, threatening to destroy all she holds dear.
Raised in a man’s world, on a sheep farm in far western Victoria, Australia, Johanna believes she has escaped her life of hardship and oppression when she begins her career as a solicitor in Melbourne in 1981.
But the legal profession attracts some powerful and twisted characters.
Four men will shape the rest of Johanna’s life: one she will love, one she will despise, one she must overcome, and another who will do his best to destroy her.
Will she be doomed forever by the decision he forces her to make, or can she escape ‘Pattinson’s Curse’?
Graeme Arnold has practised as a litigation solicitor for over 20 years. Writing is one of his passions away from the office. This novel is the product of the ongoing attempt to maintain a respectable work/life balance.
Graeme lives with his wife and cocker spaniel near the beach in Adelaide, South Australia.
Austinn Baeder arrived in the Port of Geelong in 1845 with his two adult sons to start a new life. The Swiss winemaker planned to open a new vineyard and winery on the banks of the Barwon River. The retired soldier came looking for new opportunities, but to also leave a troubled past behind. Read more..