By: Tanya Moir
Genre: Historical NZ Fiction
Location: FIC MOI
Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres, Canterbury is my favourite place and I love Banks Peninsula. My family have a bach there and last time I went to Akaroa I foraged around all the historical sites and the Onuku Marae- so when this book came out- set on Banks Peninsula during its settling years- it became a must read.
1866 Daniel Peterson and his family leave London to go to a farm in the peninsula- they are at the mercy of the land, the weather and the neighbours- a motley, suspicious assortment of old whalers, escaped convicts, wary french settlers. Then Daniels daughter discovers a secret- a hidden diary that tells of the scandalous Etienne La Rochelle and his Maori lover...