Tale of fron­tier town life en­gross­ing

Te Puke Times - - Books - Mar­garet Reilly

A Di­a­mond in the Dust By Frauke Bolton-Bosham­mer with Sue Smethurst, Si­mon and Schus­ter, $37.99

Frauke Bolton was born in West Ger­many on a farm close to the wall. Her mother died when she was very young and she was raised by her dad, a man un­able to put his grief to one side. On leav­ing a not very happy school­ing she did what many young girls did at that time. She went away to do a diploma in home eco­nom­ics which would en­able the young Frauke to ob­tain a po­si­tion as a house­keeper. Her first po­si­tion on a farm saw her fall­ing in love with the younger son who loved her and left her. How­ever, the se­ri­ous older son stepped into the breach and mar­ried her.

Fritz, her new hus­band, was not con­tent to stay close to home. With now three chil­dren they did a stint in Rhode­sia at the time of se­ri­ous po­lit­i­cal ten­sions. They loved their time there, but Rhode­sia gave Fritz itchy feet. He did not set­tle back in Ger­many and when an op­por­tu­nity to join a farm­ing trip to Aus­tralia arose he was there.

On his re­turn he broke the news to Frauke that he had bought a farm in the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ries.

A Di­a­mond in the Dust is her story. It was 1981. A dusty fron­tier town was no place for a woman. All Frauke wanted to do was get on the next plane out. How­ever, that was not her na­ture. She de­ter­mined to over­come lone­li­ness and home­sick­ness, help her hus­band carve out a fu­ture and be the best mother to her three chil­dren who were find­ing it all as strange as she was. From sift­ing the wee­vils out of the flour be­fore bak­ing her bread, Frauke de­ter­mined to do her best. She faced great tragedies and great loves. She was en­ter­pris­ing and in later years be­came im­mersed in the bur­geon­ing di­a­mond in­dus­try with a great deal of success, but it was her fam­ily, friends and in later years her great love for her new coun­try that were im­por­tant.

Frauke tells her story her­self. It is a sim­ple retelling and through­out the reader gets the feel­ing of a rather stoic and at times phleg­matic woman de­ter­mined to do her best. Be­fore I read Di­a­mond in the Dust I had just fin­ished read­ing The Fab­u­lous Bou­vier Sis­ters. Frauke Bolton Bosham­mer’s story is much more en­gross­ing. —

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