Coldwater : A brilliant re-imagining of the lives of the literary Bronte sisters, Mardi McConnochie has written a gripping first novel about the perils of isolation and the thrill of secret passions. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Wolf live on Coldwater, a penal colony off the coast of Australia, where their father, Captain Wolf, rules the household with the same strong arm and will with which he controls the inmates. Confined, the girls find an outlet for their wild imaginations on paper -- and conjure up magical lands and casts of thousands while dreaming of being famous novelists. But the delicate balance of the family is shaken with the arrival of a convict from Ireland. For Captain Wolf, this prisoner provides a chance to show off his model prison. But for one of his daughters, the man will become a dangerous obsession.