The following May, Joanna - Jon' - was born. Rose and Jon were totally different. Jon was vivacious, liked a good time, and always got what she wanted, even when what she wanted happened to belong to Rose.
Rose was reserved, never wanted to leave her home or Gloucestershire, and was - well - an ordinary girl vvho grew into an ordinary woman.
But as Jon raced from disaster to disaster, from one violent relationship to another so Rose, in her quiet way, salvaged the family, pasted over the cracks of tragedy and emohonal upheavals whilst at the same time fighting her own personal crises.
It was much later - when life at last seemed tranquil and settled - that Jon precipitated Rose across the Atlantic and into the most extraordinary event of her life. When Rose finally returned from America no one could ever again think of her as an ordinary woman.
©1991 Susan Sallis; (P)2007 Soundings
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