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First in the Children of War trilogy. In March 1879 seventeen-year-old newly orphaned Tamar Deane emigrates to New Zealand from a small Cornish village. Alone and scared on the Plymouth quay she is befriended by the flamboyant Myrna McTaggert and on the ship by Dr. John Adams. During the three month voyage she helps John care for sick passengers. Myra and John's friendship in the new colony will be invaluable to Tamar as she takes on work as a seamstress whilst Myra works to establish a high-class brothel in Auckland. Tamar meets newly widowed Peter Montgomery, who after they are married shows a tendency to drink. She also meets and falls in love with Kepa who father's her illegitimate son Joseph, but Kepa and Tamar cannot be together. A marriage to Andrew, a much nicer man and sheep station owner, takes place, but when her friend John and son Joseph go to South Africa to fight in the Boer war tragedy will result.

Richly detailed with historical facts and events, this is a compelling series. The author has certainly done extensive research into the time period and this certainly shows. The story is well paced and entertaining. Highly recommended. ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | Dec 2, 2015 |
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This first volume of a three-part saga sees 17-year-old orphan Tamar Deane emigrating to New Zealand in 1879. At Plymouth she meets and befriends Myrna McTaggert, whose friendship proves invaluable when Tamar makes disastrous choices in the new colony.… (more)

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