Once A Jolly Swagman (The Lockleys of Parramatta Book 5)
What mysteries do the black Billy Can hold?
Rick Lockley is sad that his family has plotted his life for him. He’s only seventeen, and his entire life, including whom he’ll marry, is seemingly taken from his hands. The family won’t listen, so he runs away. Years pass, Rick has worked continually, picking up odd jobs. He is heart sore and returns home to the love of his life, arriving wiser and broke. He has, however, collected some valuable friends, Dylan, Mac and most importantly, Jack, a jolly swagman.
Rick knows little about Jack, the old swagman, who protected him during his years on the road. Rick understands Jack has secrets, but Rick trusts him. The old man comes to live with them. However, his story is revealed only on his death. Jack leaves Rick his precious Billy Can. Its contents finally reveal who Jack really is, but it contains more than that.
Stunned by the revelations contained in the Billy, Rick knows they must travel to England to finalise Jack’s wishes. He discovers love, betrayal and a tenuous link to his own family. Rick finds there is much more to learn about this enigmatic man.
How can Rick and his family do justice to Jack and the fabulous bequest?