Belinda - A Cruel Passage West
'Do not be alarmed!' hissed the freak as he cupped her cheeks and stared into her wide eyes. 'Yes - I am a man! And because I need to dress as a woman I have been pilloried and run out of more towns than you could ever imagine!' Belinda couldn't speak. Never before in her life had she seen or heard of such a thing. 'My nuns know what I am - and they still love me.' More
Within minutes of Belinda Hopeworth landing in Virginia and meeting her wonderful new husband-to-be, he lay dead at her feet and the thugs who had stabbed him were advancing with intent to do the same to her.
Belinda's escape from a life of degradation and cruelty in Liverpool, her year-long dreams as she awaited her journey to the American Territories of 1850, and her horrific voyage on a tobacco boat to Norfolk, Virginia, had all been in vain. Nineteen-year-old Belinda was now totally alone a helpless damsel in distress in a harsh and strange land, and was about to die a most horrible death herself...