The edges of the pages had turned brownish and the book looks like it has seen better days. This is the condition of Elizabeth de Guise’s book on “The Flight of the Dragonfly”, first published in 1990 by the Grafton Books when I lay my hands on it at my friend’s place.
Set in London in 1857, Trudie cannot stand her Reverend father’s holier- than-thou attitude and a mum who has been reduced to a jelly state taking her marriage vows literally “Wives submit to your husbands”. So when Jeremy Maddock, her brother’s friend came by one day with talks of his exciting plan to open an Emporium in Regent street , she fell headlong for him and his grand ideas. Marriage is her ultimate solution out of an unhappy home environment. Anything is better than under the strict and rigid ways of her father, Jonathan Grant.
The author,Elizabeth brings us a story not only of romance, but about a young innocent girl whose courage to cross the unknown borders to seek her own destiny makes the book so special. The story takes us from her dull life in London to the East in a plantation somewhere in Malacca where workers are mostly immigrants, cholera is rampant and where European women are considered “foreign devil” or yang kwei. She made that long and arduous journey alone to his plantation in Malacca and to be left destitute upon arrival due to his sudden death with cholera. It is here she learnt the ugly truth about her mysterious husband she married in haste back home. But like every novel, there is a Prince charming coming to the rescue. This is in the form of a Welsh miner, whom she mistaken for her husband’s koolie (worker), where she refused to let him brow-beat her into admitting defeat. The story is about her courage to seek a better life despite the odds and the determination to make a success of it. But it is not the romance that captured my interests. I am sure you all are dying to know the ending……next chaptere
p/s. My year end 2006 sunday school musical has been defered due to poor uploading.