I found this old limited edition small book of lost Royal secrets in my local country library.
I couldn’t believe my luck.
There it was in front of me among all the other quite ordinary library books.
But it was smaller that the rest.
This old book must have been sitting there for 40 years.
Unloved and unwanted.
The title seemed uninviting.
Who would ever have even picked it up, I thought.
‘The Chaplain: Being Some Further Account of the Days of Bobby Knopwood.’
Who was Bobby Knopwood?
But who else would know?
He was the Reverend Robert Knopwood, the first chaplain of Tasmania.
I knew from the research I’d been doing for my book and so, for me, it was a rare find.
And that’s how it turned out to be.
Here was the perfect story to introduce my historical romantic paranormal true mystery I had started.
What a find.
I’ll use an extract for my Introduction, I thought.
It’ll set the scene for the bigger picture I had to tell.
Just what I’d been looking for.
Now my book is done and you can buy it here.
In just a few paragraphs the author, Mabel Hookey, related her story of a local Doctor and his wife who were sent from England to the antipodes, Van Diemens Land (Tasmania), on condition that they never returned to England and they never divulged their secret that kept them from returning.
They were believed to receive a mysterious secret regular pension provided they stayed in the new homeland in the early days of the new penal colony.
There were rumours that he was physician to the King and she was Lady in Waiting to the Queen.
What was their secret?
Nobody ever knew.
Even the author didn’t know.
The little limited edition book has since disappeared from the library, from the shelves, the catalogue, every record.
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