Locally published book follows a sweeping family saga from France to Australia

The Seed Keeper, by Valerie Mather 

Valerie Mather weaves a tale of fact and fiction stemming from the persecution of the Huguenots (French protestants) and the massacre of those people that took place in Paris in 1572.

The author’s forebears were Huguenots which inspired her to imagine their lives at that time and the lives of their descendants who eventually settled in Australia.

The first part of the story concerns Raphael and his daughter Cecile who were survivors of the massacre and travelled through France for three months searching for a safe haven.

They did not find this quickly, so fearing persecution once more they and their family paid passage as immigrants to England.

There they joined relatives who were among the first wave of refugees to flee France in 1598. 

The second part of the story begins in Australia and follows the descendants of Raphael from 1890 as they travel from Victoria, South Australia and finally to Western Australia where Fremantle and the Great Southern feature greatly in the story.

This is the author’s first novel. It is an easy read and would likely fall under the genre of a sweeping family saga. 

The book is available from the author for $20 plus postage. Contact amypeirlfox@hotmail.com or call 0439 980 394. 

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