This novel paints a vivid picture of the island of Riduna and the interwoven life of the islanders in the late nineteenth century.
The shores of France clearly visible, a sizeable military presence and a community maintaining the defences swelling the population, all contributed colour to life of this small island, only three miles long.
Harriet, born on Riduna in 1866, faced the challenge of falling in love in a community governed by the strict moral code of its elders, whereas Edward's dream of a life at sea, unforeseen events, and poor communications all played a role in their destiny.
Riduna is the Latin name for the unique and picturesque island of Alderney, sister island to Guernsey Channel Islands, UK. For Harriet, who was born on Riduna in 1866, and many others in her community, Riduna seems to be a character in its own right. It is the only world they have known, or wanted to know. On the other hand Edward leaves the island for the more exciting life of 19th century travel.
As their paths divide, will their devotion remain constant?
Diana chose the name 'Riduna' to conjure up the mystery and beauty of an island which holds a special place in her heart.