Author Archives: alysonebaker

Fletcher of the Bounty by Graeme Lay – 2017

I really enjoyed Lay’s James Cook trilogy, from the first installment which adores Cook, through to the final depiction of a man gone mad.  I picked up Fletcher of the Bounty expecting a combination of the two – adoring of … Continue reading

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Catching the Last Tram by Susan Holt – 2017

What a charming book!  Catching the last tram is a romance that follows the usual romantic arc – but not at all in a usual way.  Beth is a librarian who has moved into a new part of town, she … Continue reading

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The Earth Cries Out by Bonnie Etherington – 2017

Ruth is a young girl, living with her family on her grandparent’s apple orchard in Nelson, when a terrible accident tears her family apart.  Ironically it also keeps her family together, as her parents were talking divorce before the accident, … Continue reading

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Through the Lonesome Dark by Paddy Richardson – 2017

Pansy, Clem and Otto are inseparable mates in the West Coast coalmining town of Blackball pre the Great War. The children have quite different home lives, Pansy having the worst of it by far – her father being a cruel … Continue reading

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Lifting by Damien Wilkins – 2017

Amy is a new mum, still coming to terms with having a ‘family’, her husband has moved from a job where he smelt of coffee all the time to one where he stinks of petrol, they have problems with the … Continue reading

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Straight and Level by Penelope Haines – 2017

Claire Hardcastle is a twenty-something pilot working for a small aviation outfit on the Kapiti Coast.  Her new, still finding out about each other, partner is a cop – and currently off in the Solomon’s on secondment – leaving their relationship at … Continue reading

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See You in September by Charity Norman – 2017

Cassy has a typical love/hate relationship with her parents, especially her ex-army Dad, and she is well on the way to completing a Law Degree when she and her ambitious boyfriend Hamish decide to go off on a short trip … Continue reading

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