Lingering Sins

Sue Costa 4557272481946


1940s & '50s,1960s & '70s

Sue Costa

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Late 1940's in Cyprus. Story of Stella in an abusive arranged marriage. Her husband abandons her for a life in Australia, and she finds the courage to follow him there seven years later when he makes no contact. Stella falls in love with a man on the ship and falls pregnant. Now to face her husband.



Short Summary

Stella is a village girl in an abusive arranged marriage. Her husband abandons her and their children and migrates to Australia, leaving her penniless. Seven years later, Stella courageously follows him to Australia, not knowing if he will accept her. Falls in love on ship and falls pregnant.

Stella's husband again abandons her only to return eight years later to entice their 16 year old daughter to move in with him and his perverted friend with whom he runs a prostitution racket. The friend becomes obsessed with the daughter and tries to rape her. The abuse leaves her disturbed.


Nicosia Cyprus, then Sydney Australia

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Rags to Riches

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Other

Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse,Nudity

Main Character Details

Name: Stella Gavrillis

Age: 23

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Modest,Obedient,Uneducated,Gracious,Naive,Underdog,Romantic,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Thomas

Age: 22

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Villainous,Confident,Criminal,Greedy,Manipulative,Masculine,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Marina

Age: 16

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Sexy,Engaging,Outspoken,Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Henry

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Villainous,Criminal,Power Hungry,Greedy,Manipulative,Unapologetic

Development Pitch

Lingering Sins is an inspiring story that gives an insight on post-WWII migration, and a family's journey to a new country during a period that saw large-scale movement of people across the world. It's a powerful romantic thriller of courage and love in the face of abuse and isolation. Stella's tenacity in raising her children in an arranged marriage filled with violence and deceit is inspirational. It depicts the courage of a woman determined to survive, especially after her husband abandons her and leaves her penniless to migrate to Australia. Her morals and religious upbringing are compromised on her journey to Australia when she meets a man who shows her the love and comfort she never received from her husband. Will she ever accept the lingering sin of adultery? Was she being punished for her sins when her daughter is tangled in a web of prostitution at the age of 16? I'm confident Lingering Sins would succeed as a movie because it relates to a vast number of people. Arranged marriages, domestic violence, demeaning of women, and migration are struggles which always pique people's interest, irrespective of the era. These are dramas which many people have lived through and can relate to. It has the history, drama, romance, suspense as well as danger to make my novel a great motion picture, or even a television series as it spans through four decades. It has substance and relevance which are lacking in many of the contemporary books and movies.

About The Author

Sue Costa was born in Cyprus and migrated to Australia when she was four years old. She holds no university degrees or glamorous job titles, but what she does have is a passion for reading, learning and writing. Her inspiration for her novels is derived from listening to the experiences, memories and aspirations of real people from different generations and cultures. Sue's debut novel, Lingering Sins, is based on post WWII migration, and a family's journey to a new country during a period that saw large-scale movement of people across the world.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: InHouse Publishing

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available