Off the Edge
by Shirley Heaton
15-year-old maid, Emily, abused by the aristocracy and falsely accused of theft, is transported in 1787 as a 'convict' to new colony, Australia. She struggles to survive amongst thieves and prostitutes, but her bravery and resilience in the face of male brutality shine through. Royal Marine, Jimmy declares his love for her, but Emily, aware of her inferior status, faces a dilemma in accepting it.