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Author: Vicky Adin

Gwenna (The PastFinders)

Gwenna (The PastFinders)

Against all odds, the plucky sweet maker refuses to relinquish her dreams.

Amid the bustling vibrancy of Auckland’s Karangahape Road, Gwenna Price’s passion is making sweets. Her pa had great plans for the family confectionery business when they emigrated from the valleys of Wales looking for a new life, but he died all too soon. Gwenna promised she would bring his dreams to life instead - and she would, if it wasn’t for her domineering stepbrother, Elias. With him in charge, it would be a matter of time before the business collapsed.

Falling in love with the cheeky and charming Johnno opens up other opportunities, but every step of the way Gwenna is thwarted. If not by Elias, then by Johnno’s father and the restraints of a society with strict Victorian values, but Gwenna is irrepressible. Nothing will stand in her way.

Throughout the twists and turns of love and tragedy, Gwenna is a young woman with uncommon courage, determination and ambition in an era when women were expected to stay at home. There are people who love her and those who are willing to help her achieve her goal but, blind to anything that distracts her from creating her legacy, Gwenna risks losing the one thing that matters to her the most.

Inspired by a true story from the author’s homeland, Gwenna is a fascinating insight into life in Auckland at the turn of the 20th century.

From the author of ‘The Cornish Knot’ and ‘The Girl from County Clare’ – a B.R.A.G medallion recipient - whose writing is compared to that of Catherine Cookson. More info →
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The Girl from County Clare (The PastFinders)

The Girl from County Clare (The PastFinders)

Like making lace – she pieced together a new life from a single thread of hope

Brigid loves her home and family, but she is torn. If she stays, she is another mouth to feed in a land plagued by starvation and poverty. If she leaves, she will never see any of them again. Heartbroken, Brigid boards the ship that will take her to a new life in Australia comforted only by the thought her cousin Jamie will make the journey with her.

Her skill as a lacemaker soon draws attention, but life doesn’t always run smoothly in the harsh new landscape. Brigid must learn to conquer her fears and overcome the stigma of being a servant, a female and Irish if she is to fulfil her dream.

A new start in New Zealand offers hope - until the day the man who seeks her downfall finds her.

A B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree More info →
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The Cornish Knot (The PastFinders Book 1)

The Cornish Knot (The PastFinders Book 1)

She sought solace; she found confusion.

Megan was at her lowest ebb on the anniversary of her husband’s death when a mysterious parcel arrived. Intrigued by the exquisite journal written in the early years of the 20th century by an unknown hand, she travels to Cornwall in search of its history - and a new life.

Shocked by what she learns, Megan follows the journal to Paris and then Florence in search of her family history. She becomes entangled with the world of art and exposes secrets that change her life. Along the way, she finds new family and forges new friendships, but will she ever find love again?

The PastFinders stories set in New Zealand, Cornwall and Italy. More info →
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