Finding Felicity is the story of a woman and her step-daughter and tells how love within their family triumphs over serious relationship problems. There are psychological insights into grief and dysfunctional marriage, development of the characters as they deal with these situations and a suspenseful escape from Bangkok to Sydney. The setting is these two cities in 2006.
Chapter One begins in Sydney with Lydia waking to face the funeral of her much-loved husband, Richard. She is supported there by her step-children, Richard’s son J.C. and daughter Margaret. At the wake, the question arises: why is Felicity (Fliss), the youngest step-child, not there?
Lydia has a hunch that something is wrong in Felicity’s life. When she visits the memorial garden where Richard’s ashes are scattered, she feels his presence and talks to him, as she does throughout the book. She vows to Richard to visit Bangkok and look into Felicity’s life there.
On the flight to Thailand, Lydia reviews the experiences and characters of her three step-children.
About the Author
Author, blogger and retired journalist, Helen Briton Wheeler had a country childhood in South Australia and Queensland. After schooling in Brisbane, she studied graphic art and married a fellow art student from Thailand. The couple moved to Bangkok and then to a farming village outside the city. It was an opportunity for Helen to learn about another culture and worldview and, of course, the Thai language.
The marriage foundered and Helen returned to Sydney, Australia, to make a home, bring up the couple’s two children and work as a journalist, principally as a magazine sub-editor.
After she retired from journalism, Helen turned to writing fiction and self-published her first novel, Day of the Diamond Earrings. Finding Felicity is her second novel, the idea for the setting coming after a visit to family in Thailand.