Good Housekeeping (South Africa) - - YOUR LIFE - Well re­searched and beau­ti­fully writ­ten, this1§ story of a dys­func­tional fam­ily in a sav­age par­adise will make you a Ly­dia Syson fan

IN 1879 A FAM­ILY OF IN­TREPID SET­TLERS from New Zealand be­come the sole in­hab­i­tants of a harsh is­land in the Pa­cific. Af­ter two years of bat­tling to sur­vive, a small group of Poly­ne­sian labour­ers are dropped off by a pass­ing ship to help them tame the wild ter­rain and plant crops. But at the same time the fam­ily’s el­dest son goes miss­ing, and slowly the is­land’s se­cret past and the true fam­ily dy­nam­ics are re­vealed. This fas­ci­nat­ing his­tor­i­cal novel and its com­plex char­ac­ters will stay with you long af­ter you have fin­ished read­ing it.

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