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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.
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
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?
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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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 …
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. …
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 …