The Girl from County Clare

- - OUT NOW - - Like making lace – she pieced together a new life from a single thread of hope. For all her timidity and meek acceptance of her place in the pecking order of life, she had grit – and freedom – but she was young enough and naive enough to be putty in his hands– or was she? From The PastFinders Historical series

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The Art of Secrets

From The PastFinders Contemporary series --- set in New Zealand Reclusive author Charlotte Day has much to hide and does not want anyone digging into her past. With secrets of her own, journalist Emma Wade worms her way into Charlotte’s life looking for a journalistic coup.

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The Cornish Knot

From The PastFinders Contemporary series, set in New Zealand, Cornwall and Italy. Megan’s world is destroyed when her husband of over thirty years dies unexpectedly. On the anniversary of his death, Megan receives a mysterious package from Cornwall. The parcel contains a journal written a century earlier, and with it comes a strange request.

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The Disenchanted Soldier

From The PastFinders Historical Series -- The Disenchanted Soldier is a story of New Zealand as it happened, about the birth of a nation politically and socially and a personal journey through tragedy and disaster.

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A New Zealand adventure story for children 6-9 years set in Hawkes Bay. Now available as an e-book from Amazon

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Vicky Adin - Author

I write historical fiction based on true stories about immigrants to New Zealand. Look for The PastFinders logo. You can also find me on Facebook

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Like making lace – she pieced together a new life from a single thread of hope

Brigid, the talented eighteen-year-old lacemaker, flees starvation and poverty in 19th century Ireland to seek a better life in Australia. As captivating as she is skilful, she must conquer her innate fears if she is to fulfill her dream.

Life doesn’t always run smoothly in this harsh new landscape and Brigid must learn to overcome bias, bigotry and tradition. She looks to one man for inspiration and protection. Once her champion, he becomes her adversary.

She gathers those who matter most to her and sets up home in New Zealand. Gradually, her dreams become reality and tranquillity prevails – until the day the man who seeks her downfall finds her.

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The Art of Secrets

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Emma wants to forget, Charlotte never can 

Emma is an enterprising young journalist with a bright future, but her life and career are falling apart. In a last ditch attempt to save her career, she accepts the assignment to interview the ageing and reclusive, best-selling author Charlotte Day.

Charlotte has a reputation for being cantankerous and is highly secretive about her past: a past she considers too painful to relive and too shameful to share. Preferring her roses to people, she is persuaded into meeting this girl who gets through her defences forcing her to face the past. As Charlotte and Emma’s relationship deepens, they find themselves enmeshed in a tangle of secrets that changes both their lives.

But he who dares not grasp the thorns should never crave the rose – Anne Brontë

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The Cornish Knot

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She sought solace; she found confusion

On the anniversary of her husband’s unexpected death, Megan is still heartbroken and disconsolate. She receives a mysterious package containing a journal written a century earlier. It jolts her out of her self-imposed seclusion and gives her new strength. She needs that strength. The world awaiting her is full of contradictions. As she embarks on her journey, following in the footsteps of the journal’s author, she learns about the world of artists and paintings, discovers new family, forges new friendships and exposes secrets that change her life. Will she also find love again?

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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 wall. She wants to know more: to know what he was really like. Daniel’s story is more than she had bargained for.

Courage is like love; it must have hope to nourish it —Napoleon Bonaparte

Based on a true story of New Zealand militiaman, pioneer, patriarch, pacifist.

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My children’s adventure story Kazam!  Find out more about this story of a New Zealand adventure for New Zealand children. It is based on a true event! Well, most of it is…. Print copies of Kazam! are available exclusively from me.

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The Lilt of Irish Laughter

Ireland – the land of song, of sadness and joy: the land where people have survived the worst and can still laugh at themselves. There is something about the Irish spirit that is infectious. We have just left Cobh (pronounced Cove) in the south of Ireland. It was the last port of call for the Titanic on its fatal voyage, …

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Go Set a Watchman reading challenge

I am currently reading ‘Go Set a Watchman’ by Harper Lee, as part of an onboard Book Club challenge. Later in the voyage, we will be discussing the book. I’ll be very interested in what other people have to say. So far, a mere three chapters into the book, she certainly has a distinct voice and the characters are coming …

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The Girl from County Clare on Sale

The Girl from County Clare is on a countdown deal with Amazon. 99c on 14 May (US time) for 24 hours. The price rises to $1.99 for 24 hours and then $2.99. You have 72 hours to get a bargain. The Girl from County Clare has had some great feedback and five star reviews. Take your chance to grab it …

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Crossing the oceans of time

A gap year is for kids, right? A time when the young ones do their OE (overseas experience) either between school and university or before they take on full time employment. Traditionally, yes, but can you take a gap year at any age? We think so. After more than eighteen months of planning prior to the executive half retiring in …

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Observations on developing characters

Our three-month sojourn in our caravan around the South Island came to an end and we returned home to our normal life – whatever that is. So far, the new normal doesn’t have the rhythm and routine of the old normal as we adapt to life without a timetable. Nor will we find that rhythm in the next few months …

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My Guest Interview with Maria Grace

Writing Superheroes: Vicky Adin BAC, Guest interviews by Maria Grace Look for a Victorian gown and antique writing desk to find this superhero. Read on and find out more… According to Wikipedia, ‘a superhero is a type of heroic character possessing extraordinary talents, supernatural phenomena, or superhuman powers and is dedicated to a moral goal or protecting the public.’ Sounds like a …

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New Zealand’s Romantic Past- Vicky Adin

Wayne Turmel – author of ‘The Count of the Sahara – recently interviewed me on his blog site. New Zealand’s Romantic Past One of the pleasures of historical fiction is delving deep into time periods you’re fascinated by. Another is learning about things you didn’t know. The shelves are full of tales retelling the US Civil War or the exploits …

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Value time – it’s worth more than you think.

I haven’t worn a watch since leaving Auckland fifty-nine days ago and haven’t missed it. I know my phone will always tell me the precise time if I need to know but really, it doesn’t matter. Life is something that happens these days and is no longer a rush controlled by the clock. We eat when we are hungry, we …

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It’s the way we feel that counts

Dwarfed by the grandeur of nature and the emotions welling up inside me, I began to think how much the environment and the colours of that environment affect the way we feel, and about the different ways people respond. One day, long ago, people battled against the land to discover the mountains and lakes and rivers we now take for granted. …

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Impressive and captivating

Thanks to the rain, we changed our plans and headed to Dunedin to do indoor activities. Yesterday, it was the art gallery and seeing up close the original paintings of Francis Hodgkins, who is mentioned in ‘The Cornish Knot’. I was so pleased to see the Mother and Child painting that inspired much of the background to the story. Then we …

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