Annie is a grown woman now, past all that childish adventuring stuff, but when her cousin Henry claims to have overheard instructions to buried treasure she is forced to decide whether or not to invest her belief in one more childish adventure.
This story is also available in Baverstock’s Allsorts Volume 1.
With humankind scattered among the stars in poverty-stricken colonies, only two things connect the last remnants of the race: a makeshift government, too busy arguing over a chain of command to be of use to its citizens, and traders, distributing necessities as they fly between colonies.
The Stone Trader trades in many things, but rocks are his specialty. He thinks himself an expert on the subject until two strange women claim to have found a rock like no other. It is a hoax or could it be the most extraordinary discovery humankind has ever made?
An origin short story set in the Stone Keeper universe. This story is also available in Baverstock’s Allsorts Volume 1.
An assassination has rocked the city of Sanctum, bringing a tyrannical rule to an end.
Sahri the Unswerving, living in squalor and heavy with child, discovers her husband is next in line to rule as Decision Maker of Sanctum.
Catapulted from poverty to wealth, Sahri embraces her new life of security and comfort, but her husband’s first act as Decision Maker threatens to plunge their household into financial ruin.
In order to protect her unborn child’s future and inheritance, Sahri must learn the ways of Sanctum’s elite while finding a way to circumvent her husband’s plan.
As Sahri’s actions endanger her own life and that of her child, a mystery still hangs over Sanctum: Who is responsible for the assassination? And will they strike again?
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After the unexpected death of her father, Miss Ann Wainfleet must find the quickest way to transport her mother, younger sister, and herself from the shores of Foochow, China back to London. Since her mother believes traveling by ironclad steamboat is pure folly, Ann secures passage on a tea clipper — the Sea Harpy.
Ann’s friendliness and eagerness to learn endears her to the ship’s crew, especially its captain Henry Burrell. But Ann soon realises that life and romance aboard a sailing ship is more dangerous and unpredictable than anything she has previously encountered.
When English girl Jodie moves to her husband’s home in Australia, the intense summer heat, unfamiliar culture, and mounting loneliness are compounded by an unexpected source of frustration…
…a letterbox shared with their Aunt Celia.
Tension mounts as privacy is invaded and letters are lost. Can Jodie find a solution before a family rift becomes irreparable?
A sweet, sensitive tale of learning to live in a new home, written by the author of The Red Umbrella.
Paulie dreams of traveling the world, and with her red umbrella by her side she is ready to tackle anything. But when she loses her umbrella on the Paris Metro, Paulie must face the city’s streets without her trusted companion.
An eventful day and a chance encounter with a wise new friend teach Paulie what it truly means to be a world nomad.
In this exquisite and sensitive tale, Baverstock captures a young person’s wonder and embarrassment in a new country, deftly weaving humour, wisdom and a celebration of life.
This eclectic collection of eight short-short pieces crosses from gritty science-fiction to heartwarming poetry, showcasing the versatility, imagination, comic wit, and pathos of author Jessica Baverstock. The perfect companion to an afternoon tea break or a morning commute, this collection will tickle your funny bone and tug at your heartstrings.
Baverstock’s Allsorts Volume 1 draws together science-fiction (‘The Stone Trader‘ and ‘Dinner Plans‘), period fiction (‘Obedient Tongues‘), poetry (‘I Love You, Mum‘ and ‘Beach Talk‘), sweet tales (‘Will You Help Me?‘ and ‘Buried Jewels‘) and a newspaper article with a twist (‘The Morning Horticultural‘).
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