Stone of Heaven and Earth
It’s 1914, and while the clouds of war gather over Europe, Australians are signing up in their thousands to go and help the Allies. In sleepy Brisbane, two women—siblings Annie and Darl Houston—set sail on the passenger steamer Tasman, to Shanghai, China, to fulfil a promise.
Spanning the years 1914 to 1929, Stone of Heaven and Earth is an epic tale of love and loss, extravagant expatriate lifestyles, intense danger, heroic acts, and the hideous effects of a cruel and barbaric civil war. The complex and volatile politics in China is played out in the intimate story of two intrepid couples, foreigners who have made their home in China.
They embark on the adventure of a lifetime, finding love, experiencing the ultimate heights of happiness, and—tragically—enduring the depths of sadness.
Based on the author’s true family history, this work of fiction is interwoven with real stories gleaned from memoirs, photographs, and from growing up hearing the stories from those who were there. Extensive research, which included a month spent in China tracing the footsteps of the characters in this book, has resulted in a historically accurate account of foreigners in China during some of the most violent and devastating times.