In the brooding jungle of equatorial New Ireland, Ali and Dave are searching for excitement. Could God have something bigger in mind?
Teaching at Barrington Place (a fictitious school based on the real Madina Girls High School) set in the steamy, brooding jungle of New Ireland, P.N.G., Ali and Dave and the other single teachers enjoy evenings around the flickering hurricane lantern, sharing everything from jokes to secrets. Ali and Tessa vie for the affection of loveable larrikin Dave, who keeps them all entertained.
Ali longs for a challenge but Dave is even more restless and decides to do a dangerous trek. Ali’s friend Craig agrees to accompany him. They do not return. What has become of them? In her desperation, Ali remembers the God her mother believes in and the bible tucked away in her suitcase. Her life is to change even more than she dreamt.
The outcome – and the resolution of the Dave/Ali/Tessa triangle – will have you turning pages late at night.
About the author:
Jeanette Grant-Thomson has been writing in various genres most of her life. She is a writer and teacher living in Brisbane, has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (UQ) and is an Associate of the Trinity College of London (Speech and Drama teaching).
Her first published book, Jodie’s Story (originally Anzea 1991) was followed by two other biographical works. Her first novel was Mirage.
Lantern Light, set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the 1974 Brisbane River flood, was drawn from her experience teaching in PNG.
“I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lantern Light . . . looking forward to the movie!”
“I was gripped with the suspense, romance and adventure and had a few very late nights – I could NOT put it down! As someone who found reality in my search for God, I appreciated following the journey of the two key characters in the book. I highly recommend Lantern Light to anyone wanting to read a most interesting and enthralling story of the intertwining of lives on a tropical island.
Glenys McDonald – Pastor, Missionary
“Jeanette’s clear writing takes you right into the pages of the book. Warm air and exotic perfumes flood your senses as you are drawn into this fascinating world” . . .”the story carries a wonderful mixture of youth, adventure, friendship and discovery.”
Merrilyn Billing, Senior Pastor, Zions Hill church, Launceston
“I enjoyed reading Lantern Light very much and found the landscape descriptions captivating. Romantic, eerie yet inviting.”
“An interesting and easy read” . . . “Jeanette has captured in a gripping tale the colourful idyllic lifestyle of expatriates along with the dangers in the dense jungle of Papua New Guinea. She also depicts Brisbane, my own home town, before, during and after the terrible 1974 floods, and how in the midst of disaster there is still hope when one looks in the right direction.”
Vivien Wilson, author of A Full Life