In 1929, Betty Trainer, a beautiful, twenty-year-old woman immigrated to Australia from Scotland. Brave and ready for the unknown, she embarked on a new life, including getting married and having two children. But challenges developed, and soon she dealt with an abusive husband and postnatal depression, a tragic mix that led her to kill one of her sons and attempt to kill the other.
In Kiss Billie for Me xxx, author Jeanette Gray, Betty’s granddaughter, tells her story and that of Billie, the surviving boy who grew up to be Gray’s father. She shares Betty’s tragedy as she migrated to Australia with no family to help her birth, parent, or recover from the unknown effects of postnatal depression. Gray narrates how Betty’s situation and her actions had dramatic consequences for her and her surviving son and changed the course of this family’s history.
Kiss Billie for Me xxx offers insight into postnatal depression and restores dignity not only to Betty, but also to other women who suffer from the same affliction. While Kiss Billie for Me xxx is a story of tragedy and pain, it is also a story of great love and compassion, and serves as a lesson for treating mental illness with the love and care it deserves.