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by Vicky Adin
From soldier to pacifist
In 1863, young Daniel Adin, a trained soldier, embarks on an adventure of a lifetime. In pursuit of a new life and land to farm, he travels to New Zealand to fight an unknown enemy – the fearless Maori. A hundred and thirty years later, Libby is fascinated by the stories of Daniel, who looks down at her from the aged black-and-white photos on the walls. She wants to know more, to know what he was really like, but Daniel’s story is more than she bargained for.
I loved this book and so will you if you like historical fiction and family sagas set somewhere you likely know little about. This is beautifully and sensitively written. The characters are terrific. The fascinating part to me was how Vicky was able to take us on the family's journey in a thoughtful and non-judgmental way. And now I am motivated to dig into my family tree and see what I come up with. C Craig
I loved the story, the characters and the way it was written. This book is a 4 3/4 stars, so rounded up to 5.
This book is also, a book of social comment on the period in which these people lived - with votes for women, the first world war and the harshness of live in rural New Zealand. Janet
Vicky Adin is a New Zealand historical fiction author. She lives on the North Shore of Auckland within walking distance of the beach, the coffee shops and inspiration.
Three words sum up her passion in life: family, history and language.
After decades of genealogical research and a life-long love affair with words she has combined her skills to write poignant novels that weave family and history together, based on real people, with real experiences, in a way that makes the past come alive.
Vicky is particularly fascinated by the 19th Century pioneers who undertook hazardous journeys to find a better life. Especially the women, who needed strength of mind and body to survive, let alone flourish, in a new country still coming to terms with its existence. Being a genealogist in love with history, these men and women and their descendants drive her stories.
Vicky Adin holds a MA(Hons) in English and Education. When not writing you will find her reading; travelling (especially caravanning and cruising) with her husband and biggest fan; spending time with her family, walking or gardening
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