The Girl from County Clare

"The historical aspects of the story are so accurate & described so perfectly that the reader will need to remind themselves that the story is fiction.... a thoroughly satisfying read... that passes the test as a work of history and is equally satisfying as a novel that will have your attention from first to last. 4 stars" - Frank O'Shea, The Irish Echo, Sydney.

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The Art of Secrets

"Vicky Adin keeps a tight rein on the alternating viewpoint and change of tone of her two main characters Emma & Charlotte. Their reactions are always credible. Their progress from antagonists to friends was seamless as the layers of the story peeled back like petals, exposing the truth at the flower's heart. Highly recommended."

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The Cornish Knot

"I thoroughly enjoyed Megan’s adventures. The author has an engaging writing style paced and kept me enthralled. The story line is unpredictable yet authentic. A book I'd recommend for book clubs."

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The Disenchanted Soldier

"I loved the story [and] the characters... a social comment on the period in which these people lived - with votes for women, the first world war and the harshness of life in rural New Zealand.

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The PastFinders weave family life and history together with love, laughter, loss and tears.

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Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 10am – 4.30pm.

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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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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

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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TDS COVER 300 Thumb 18 NovThe Disenchanted Soldier

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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