wandering_star: Both these books focus on pioneer women, whose previous lives have done nothing to prepare them for the new difficulties and tasks which face them, and how they match up to their new life.
Gold diggings disorganise society, induce a moral blight, divert activity from saner enterprise and encourage a disagreeable immigration of the scum of China. ~ Lyttleton Times, New Zealand
Gold has been all in all to us. ~ West Coast Times, New Zealand
For the Domino team, with all my love
The coldest winds came from the south and the Cob House had been built in the pathway of the winds.
When she came to the place where the Cob House had stood, she saw that the tussock-grass was long and green and that it had come clustering round the old range, as if to try to hide this embarrassing human invention, so that the winds would no longer see it, no longer try to destroy it, but only howl around it and pass on.
Newlyweds Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from England to New Zealand, along with Joseph's mother Lilian, in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh land near Christchurch where they settle threatens to destroy them almost before they begin. When Joseph finds gold in a creek bed, he hides the discovery from both his wife and mother, and becomes obsessed with the riches awaiting him deep in the earth. Abandoning his farm and family, he sets off alone for the new goldfields over the Southern Alps, a moral wilderness where many others, under the seductive dreams of the "colour," rush to their destinies and doom.
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