"At times the stories we were uncovering were all consuming and sometimes deeply emotional. The stories of some of the women were marvellous," Ms Tefler said.
The tale trails through several generations and five women and their connection with Western Australian political radical Joseph Chester.
There is Caroline, his mother; his sister the actress Eliza Jane. Miss Chester was famous during the 1820s and early 1830s for playing the lead roles in comedies and especially for her appearances as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Lady Teazle in The School for Scandal.
She was known for her beauty and elegance rather than her acting ability or her voice. She had a wealthy and influential patron, and later became a favourite of King George IV. An interesting fact is that she bought John Keats house in 1838 and extensively re-modelled it.
It is her portrait on the front cover as painted by John Jackson in1820.
This is a book that should be read by those who enjoy family sagas, genealogy, local history or those who just enjoy a damn good read.