La Rochelle's Road

La Rochelle's Road

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In 1866, Daniel Peterson and his family give up their comfortable life in London for an unseen farm on Banks Peninsula. Daniel plans to make a fortune growing grass-seed; until he does so, there can be no going back. But the realities of a remote hill country block are very different to the cosy imaginings of a clerk. The Petersons find themselves at the mercy of the land, the weather and their few neighbours - a motley, suspicious assortment of old whalers, escaped convicts, wary French settlers and true-blue Tory squatters. Even their own house has a secret to hide - that of its first inhabitant, the scandalous Etienne La Rochelle and his Maori lover. When Daniel's daughter Hester discovers La Rochelle's journal, it leads her on a journey of discovery - a path into a world of beauty, darkness and illicit love, which she may follow if she dares.
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Black Swan, 2011.
Branch Call Number: HISTORICAL
Characteristics: 272 p. ;,24 cm.
Notes: Novel.

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waimari
Jun 16, 2011

I thorougly enjoyed this book esp. knowing the area reasonably well. A very real and gripping story and would highly recommend. Hope this is the first of many books we will see from Tanya Moir.

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stm
Jun 16, 2011

A good read. Very descriptive writing placed me neatly in the terrain of Banks Peninsula of the 19th century. A good finish, - a credible turnaround. Definitely recommend.

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