Author(s): Janita Cunnington
In this tug-of-love there can be no winners . . .It's January 1974, and a devastating flood is about to change the lives of four generations of women. Maggie Rowe is thirty-five, a teacher, and still living with her mother, Vera, in a tiny cottage in Hill Street, Brisbane. Next door lives Donna Birtles, a feckless, twentysomething single mum and her little daughter Flower.Early one rain-drenched morning at the height of the flood, Donna and Flower seek shelter with Maggie and Vera . . . However once the water recedes, Donna seems reluctant to move out, particularly when she meets Roddy, a casual worker on the clean-up gang. With Donna now disappearing for months on end, Maggie is forced to take on the role of Flower's guardian - at the expense of her own hopes and longings.Flower is the daughter Maggie never had. And she's the daughter Donna had but didn't want. So when Donna finally returns to reclaim her child, who has the right to be her mother?
Janita Cunnington has been writing for much of her life, mostly under the desk - verse, stories, articles, musings - when her mind should have been on important matters. Some of her poems have been published, along with reams of public information, booklets, brochures and, with her husband, Col, a travel guide to South-East Queensland.Janita was born at the end of World War II in the small New South Wales town of Barraba. Six months later, the family moved to Brisbane to live with her paternal grandfather in his sprawling Queenslander. There she spent her idle childhood. This was the time when they holidayed at Munna Point on the Noosa River, to be idle by the sea. On the river's wild northern shore stood a little old house. Its isolation made it an object of romance for the children on the southern shore and, in the end, the inspiration of this story.Janita now lives near the sea again, on lovely, salt-stung Stradbroke Island. Child of Mine is her second novel, following her stunning debut The River House.