by John Ivor

© Darling Newspaper Press
All rights reserved.
First published by Darling Newspaper Press as Book Two of “Great Land of Dreams”,
hardback print 2000, paperback 2005 isbn 1-4196-0929-7.

Cover image: Detail from ‘Orphan Girl At The Cemetery’
by Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863).

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Rah-Rah Reggie
In the 1830s in Britain's newest colony, love marches to a military beat, and gossips leap to the dance.

SEVENTEEN. When a girl's eyes sparkle and her heart throbs, and her face in the looking glass is almost lovely. Almost, that is, beneath the grime of her dye stains. Drat!

Not much remaining but still noticeable, branded for life. Those factory cheeks refused to forget their past amid the steaming tartan vats of Tayside. They were an intrusion, an embarrassing blemish, when a girl dreams of romance and physical ecstasy.

These, Maggie's special dreams, the yearnings of a girl from Perth, Scotland, had grown along with the city of Perth, Western Australia. In eight years, while tented government offices beside the Swan River developed into brick and timber solidity, her own emaciated form received feminine fullness, and her desires became womanly.

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