Excerpt: The Wilted Rose

The second excerpt from my novel The Wilted Rose, in support of Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week.

Part Two of The Wilted Rose tells the story of a young mother struggling to cope with Postnatal Depression in the late 1950s/early 1960s, when understanding of mental health issues was poor. The excerpt explores a young mother’s challenges at home with her first baby.

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Two weeks after Paul’s birth Sarah was released from hospital. Jack was glad to have them finally home, so they could get on with their new life as a family. The kookaburra’s laugh erupted from the bush land next door, abruptly calling to attention sleepy and sluggish souls in the early hours of the morning. The call was cheeky, and Sarah thought that it sounded as if the bird was laughing at the silly humans.

She paced the main bedroom, cooing to Paul as he cried and cried. She patted his back, bouncing him gently in her arms. His howling dragged on, and she tried to feed him, but to no avail.

I am a trained nurse,” she thought to herself. “I should be able to handle this situation!

Guilt quickly joined in on her escalating panic. Why couldn’t she satisfy her child’s needs, she wondered, and understand what he was trying to tell her?

Sarah found herself begging her baby to stop. Tears blurred her vision, and she leaned against the side of the crib, sliding down to the floor. Squeezing her eyes closed, she sobbed aloud, cradling her child in her arms.

For more information about Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week, visit


The Wilted Rose is available in paperback and Kindle ebook on Amazon HERE

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National Mental Health Week Spotlight: PANDA


Today my Mental Health Week focus is on PANDA, Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia.


The Perinatal period extends from when pregnancy begins to the first year after the baby is born.

PANDA provides a vital service across Australia by offering the only specialist national perinatal mental health telephone counselling service, as well as reducing stigma around perinatal anxiety and depression, and providing education services to health professionals and the wider community.

PANDA’s services include:

Helpline (10am-5pm Monday to Friday) 1300 726 306

PANDA’s telephone information, couselling and referral service us staffed by trained volunteers, professional counsellors and supervising staff.

PANDA has access to local services throughout Australia, including:

  • PND Support Groups
  • Playgroups
  • Doctors
  • Psychiarists
  • Psychologists
  • Counsellors
  • Other support with experience working with families with perinatal depression and anxietyVisit PANDAs website:

The Wilted Rose

The Wilted Rose is the story of one Australian family’s struggle with mental illness during the 1960s and 70s. The story depicts the rise and fall of ambitious young woman Sarah Ross, whose pursuit of a nursing career in the 1950s is challenged by tradition and religion. After Sarah’s mental health deteriorates, her dedicated husband Jack adopts the role of her carer, and their daughter Grace must survive adolescence through great adversity, before their family finally receive a definitive diagnosis for Sarah’s condition. The Wilted Rose is a moving story of passion, heartache, and unbreakable family bonds.

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Between 9-15th October, the first chapter of The Wilted Rose will be FREE to read on my website HERE. The Kindle ebook is available for just 99c (save $2).

I will also be running a giveaway for a signed paperback copy within Australia for followers of my Facebook pages. This giveaway will be drawn on Saturday 15th October.

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Mental health support is so very important not only for sufferers but for their families as well. I am so proud that I can use my book to draw much needed attention to this worthy cause.

Click HERE to view and purchase The Wilted Rose on Amazon.