Storm & StresseBook - 2014
The series began with Ben Chester's proposal to Priscilla Caldwell on New Century's Night at Kowhai, a valley farm on the Awhitu Peninsula. Moon Over The Manukau related the couple's pioneering years establishing adjacent Kanuka. Ben's two sisters Jane and Alison managed Kowhai's dairy herd. In Auckland Priscilla's sister Emily had married a wealthy philandering businessman. She invested leftover housekeeping, while having a fling - or two - or three herself. Jane married Danny Carsen, well beneath her station, and hated herself for it. Alison eventually married a shipwrecked sailor, Sean Sullivan, and they of businesses, and two years later Danny signed up for World War 1. Sean was crippled, they lost their farm, so Alison bought a Waiuku drapery. Moon Over the Manukau ended in 1918 with the discovery of Jane's remains. Neap Tide began in 1924 with the arrival of the identical Conway twins into the valley. Their natures were far from identical. Alice married George Chester, but Eileen ran off with a no good lout Alec Mason. On the Caldwell side, siblings Stan and Penny prefer farming to their father's financial world. However, Penny eventually came under Emily's wing as a receptionist at her posh hotel the Ambassador. She married financier Joseph Goldstone. Alison was well established in her drapery, despite having a crippled husband and five children. The depression saw mixed fortunes for the family: some staying afloat, others sinking. Just when Eileen's life looked brighter, she died. Only months later Alice's father was incinerated in Kowhai cottage, and at Neap Tide's ebb the family decided to wipe Alice's slate clean, with no further mention of her sister, or her father's death.
Publisher: Auckland, New Zealand :, Clark James ,, 2014.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (610 pages) PDF
Alternative Title: Storm and stress