Extract from my book “French Sand”, a novel set in the South Pacific.
Rosa sauntered off down the drive, still swinging her claquettes, her feet bare on the dark dusty path. She disappeared in to the night, They were on the whole quite attractive, the island people. They were Polynesian in origin and although they had none of the Negro ebony beauty one might expect, nor any of the porcelain beauty of the Orientals and nor did they show a trace of the finely-chiselled features one saw among the Indian classes, the locals here were … she searched for the word … wholesome people, with soft-skinned faces and a broad bone structure. Greg had once told her that the Kanaks were especially lovely in comparison to the aboriginals of Australia … and again a momentary vision of him slipped in and out of her mind, quickly, faintly, so that she was barely aware of it … and even as awareness dawned for a split second, she shook the vision away again, and forgot it equally quickly. She had become good at doing that.
Catherine Broughton is a novelist, a poet and an artist. She is widely travelled and writes regularly for magazines and blog sites. Her sketches are on her web site http://www.turquoisemoon.co.uk . Her books are available from Amazon and on Kindle, or can be ordered from several leading book stores.