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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.
Mitchell Baeder, a modern-day descendant of Austinn continues the winemaking tradition on the original property Austinn and his sons established, Cressier. Mitchell is a bit old-fashioned and slow to embrace modern techniques. His son, Adam is a wayward adolescent, and causes Mitchell and his wife Fiona much grief. Adam’s on and off relationship with Jenny, a girl from the adjacent winery, has the potential to bring the family together.
A series of unfortunate events unwittingly brings the modern day Baeder family far closer to their ancestors than they could ever imagine. It could even expose a dreadful family secret that lay dormant for over 100 years: the true reason behind Austinn’s emigration.
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.
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. Read more..