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Release day: The Quarantine Station

6 March 2019

Today is the official release of The Quarantine Station by Michelle Montebello (ebook and paperback, self-published). Here’s the blurb:

The rules were crystal clear. She broke them all…

1918 … When Londoner, Rose Porter, arrives on the shores of Sydney with little more than her suitcase, she is forced to take a job as a parlourmaid at the mysterious North Head Quarantine Station. It’s a place of turmoil, segregated classes and strict rules concerning employee fraternisation.

But as Rose soon learns, some rules were made to be broken.

2019 … Over a century later, Emma Wilcott lives a secluded life in Sydney. Still reeling from a devastating loss, her one-hundred-year-old grandmother, Gwendoline, is all she has left. Suffering the early stages of dementia, Gwendoline’s long-term memories take her wandering at night and Emma realises she is searching for something or someone from her past.

Emma’s investigation leads her to the Quarantine Station where she meets Matt, the station carpenter, and together they begin to unravel a mystery so compelling it has the power to change lives, the power to change everything Emma ever knew about herself.

Set during the First World War and the height of the Spanish Influenza pandemic, The Quarantine Station is a captivating story of people who will love, no matter the cost.

Michelle dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

I’d been toying with the idea of writing this book for a while, long before I started putting words to paper. The Quarantine Station, on Sydney’s North Head, has always been a place of intrigue for me. I’d been on the ghost tours (which are very spooky by the way!) and loved the dark stories of the sick coming ashore to be quarantined. But it wasn’t until I completed one of their historical day tours that I began to peel back the layers of this captivating place to reveal the potential for a love story. While the medical history of the station is fascinating, I wanted the story to convey endurance and hope, to show us the lengths people will go to when in love. I wanted this book to remain true to the history while still being the kind of fictional romance we can all escape into. Emma and Rose are two very different women who share a complex and unique history. I hope their stories, and the time and place of this novel, whisk you far beyond the pages, into a life on the Quarantine Station.

You can find out more about this book at Michelle’s website or buy it from Amazon.

  1. 6 March 2019 12:43 pm

    on my tbr list, love the cover

  2. 6 March 2019 10:41 am

    Bought and really look forward to reading this.

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