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JULI­ETTE’S DAUGH­TER (YVONNE KALMAN)

This is an older New Zealand his­tor­i­cal ro­mance. When I read it I was to­tally en­veloped in Vic­to­rian Auck­land, the so­cial struc­ture and the way re­la­tion­ships formed in such a strict, judge­men­tal en­vi­ron­ment. It felt like go­ing back in time. Times have def­i­nitely changed! May, the hero­ine, was a com­pelling char­ac­ter, and the dif­fi­cul­ties she faced were con­fronting, but still re­al­is­tic for the time. And of course there was a hap­pily-ever-af­ter, with a hero who un­der­stood her un­con­ven­tion­al­ity. This book is part of a se­ries, but was par­tic­u­larly mem­o­rable be­cause it ended with news of the Tarawera erup­tion…

QUIZ AN­SWERS

Mel­bourne. 5. of Va­ri­eties 4. Hast­ings; 3. Pilsener; 2. Ire­land; 1.

A South­ern Strait by Anya For­est (DIY Pub­lish­ing, $29) is out now.

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