LOVE VEILED BY DESTINY by Margaret Baudert
Philip Maynard is a young Englishman who, following the post-war failure of his
first marriage, has travelled to South Africa to take up a position as
mathematics master in a government school. In Johannesburg he meets Marnie van
Vollenhoven, a beautiful Capetonian, and falls deeply in love with her. Marnie,
however, is evasive. Philip’s relationship with her is one of unfulfilled longing and eventual despair.
For the sake of his career and in a test of Marnie’s love, Philip returns to England where he takes up an appointment as headmaster
of Wharfedale College, a private school in the Yorkshire Dales. Here he meets
and marries Edith Armitage, knowing that all he can give her is a second-best
relationship, because his love remains in Africa.
Edith proves to be a capable and popular headmaster’s wife and the marriage companionship succeeds, with the couple settling into a
very English way of life. But as time passes, Edith’s poor health lead the pair to Africa, where Philip is once again to meet
Eventually Philip is to discover the reason for Marnie’s seemingly inexplicable behaviour towards him, as well as the significance of a
surprise encounter with a young woman in a Boland village of the Cape.
The author was born and educated in Yorkshire and trained as a physiotherapist
in Leeds. She travelled to South Africa to attend her sister’s wedding and decided to remain there, working for several years as a clinical
physiotherapist in Johannesburg, and then among tribal Africans at a mission
hospital in the N. Transvaal. Returning to the UK for a two-year teaching
course at St. Thomas’s Hospital in London, she was then appointed as Senior Lecturer at the College
of Physiotherapy in Pretoria, South Africa.
She is currently a Course Leader for the University of the 3rd Age (ie: over
50s) and reflects her great interest in writing by giving talks on various
writers such as the Brontë Sisters, Virginia Woolf or Bishop J.W. Calenso, and has been invited to lecture
to members of the International Women’s Club in this respect.
Margaret Baudert has another novel Shadows on a Moor also published by United Writers.