Your Comments

Thank you to everyone who has written to me commenting on my book, reader opinions are very important.

FOR THE CORNISH KNOT

2014

I’m only half way through and am enjoying it, so much so that my new Alexander McCall Smith has been put to one side until I have finished this intriguing tale.  I can relate to it on so many levels, having been to all the places she describes and being “a woman of a certain age” who has also learnt a few things about life, love and loss. Caroline

Many thanks for writing such an enjoyable novel. ‘The Cornish Knot’ provided insight into the art world and historical background that kept me turning the pages. I look forward to reading your next adventure. Kathleen.

Have just finished your book and found it a most entertaining read!  Congratulations and I know there will be no stopping you now and there will be more novels for me to read.   Lynne.

The Cornish Knot is the first novel I have read in 4 years due to my study. Thank you, Vicky- I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Mary

What a wonderful read! Thank you so much for writing this – I’ve shed a few tears already!! I don’t usually cry – not any more!! – when reading books, so I’m excited to feel the depth of humanness in your writing. I am loving it.  Stephanie.

FOR DANIEL 11 June 2012

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading this historical novel of Daniel’s life. The author created a real journey of interest as we flipped between past and present time, interweaving the character’s lives. The combination of history and real life hardship coupled with a romantic touch made the book very engaging. I believe both men and women would like this book. Highly recommend it!!” Maree

31 January 2012 Thank you very much for Daniel. It turned out to be one of the highlights of our summer reading. Summer on the boat is our time for reading NZ history. This year I read Henry Williams letters, Ann Salmond’s Bligh and Peter Wells’ Colenso, so you were in good company. What we liked so much about your book was that is told the story of ordinary people working through historic events, and the people and places came alive. In my own family the issue of pacifism in World War 1 caused such a divide that I have only recently discovered a whole other branch of my father’s family, so that section really resonated for me. The other thing I particularly liked about the book was the way it looked and felt. There is nothing quite as magic as a book with maps. There is a wonderful sense of anticipation as you prowl through the book before you engage with the text itself. The photos, maps and family trees are all signals of exactly the right kind of book for me, and you had taken great care to get them right. We look forward to the next one! Regards Di Moffitt and John Werry.

14 November 2011 I have just finished reading Daniel which i thoroughly enjoyed. You have done a great job intertwining the tales to create an excellent read. It was fantastic to learn a little of our past and the sacrifices the ancestors made and the spirit of the pioneer. Gary 9 November 2011 I thoroughly enjoyed your very well written book. Tim

28 October 2011 First of all, congratulations on your book. I found “Daniel” absolutely compulsive reading. Thanks for the incredible insight into my antipodal connections, there is even a sheep-stealer to conjure with! John

4 September 2011 – Have just finished reading your book and really enjoyed it. Liked the way you wove the story with news and current events of the day. A very well researched effort.

28 July 2011 – We have both read and thoroughly enjoyed your book. Clearly, you have been very thorough with your research and this shows in the superb atmosphere that you have generated in your descriptions of the New Zealand Land Wars and the treatment of conscientious objectors during World War I. We certainly learned a lot in reading those. Your research — on the flax industry, the floods and fires that plagued Foxton (and other settlements) and the conditions of farming and road development — was quite staggering. Again, the atmosphere you have generated with your descriptions were moving and enlightening. You made the personalities of the people come though vividly and showed how people lose touch and still feel kinship; as we do. We liked the way you interspersed modern-day episodes into the narrative. Most importantly, though, we think the book starts to fill a huge gap in the genre of NZ historical writing –  Barb & Brian

Thursday 23 June 2011  – I bought Daniel as a gift to my father who was unwell. He loved it and is most impressed with the writing. As good as any he’s read – Rach. Sunday 19 June 2011 – I’m fascinated by your Maori wars exploits. Were you there?!!!!!! Impressed with the huge amount of research and hard work that’s gone into Daniel. Well done! Pam

Saturday 18 June 2011 – What a fantastic read!!! From someone who rarely reads a book, I could not put it down, finishing it this morning!!!! – Carol

TAKAPUNA LAUNCH PARTY Tuesday 14 June 2011

Congratulations on an excellent book launch party! A most enjoyable evening – Bev. Just wanted to congratulate you on what we thought was a very successful and enjoyable function. We are both looking forward to reading “Daniel” – Lynda.

Wednesday 15 June 2011 – What a very pleasant evening yesterday. We enjoyed it and the counterpoint of a book about the family with the family presenting it was delightful and appropriate – Richard.

Friday 17 June 2011 – Great launch and excellent photo in the paper today – Sonya