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Sentence of Marriage (Promises to Keep: Book 1)
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Series: Promises To Keep, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 150,690. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2009. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(4.79 from 70 reviews)
In 19th Century New Zealand, there are few choices for a farm girl like Amy. Her life seems mapped out for her by the time she is twelve. Amy dreams of an exciting life in the world beyond her narrow boundaries. But it is the two people who come to the farm from outside the valley who change her life forever, and Amy learns the high cost of making the wrong choice. Book 1 of "Promises to Keep".
Settling the Account (Promises to Keep: Book 3)
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Series: Promises To Keep, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 218,480. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2009. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(4.90 from 70 reviews)
Amy watches in growing fear the worsening confrontation between her husband and her son, until she realises that only one of them can survive it. How long can she keep them apart? The final volume in "Promises to Keep". It follows directly on from Book Two, "Mud and Gold".
A Second Chance
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 167,880. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2009. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(4.89 from 56 reviews)
Amy uses the second chance she had hardly dared dream of to make up for the wasted years. But a familiar face from long ago makes an unwelcome reappearance, threatening her new-found happiness. Payback has more than one meaning, and sometimes people get what they deserve. "A Second Chance" is the sequel to the three-volume work "Promises to Keep"
All I Want
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Price: Free! Words: 4,910. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2010. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(4.85 from 20 reviews)
A short story. In the wake of the Great War, a soldier and his bride turn a wasteland into a home. A tale of hope and sorrow; of loss and enduring love.
After the Dance
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Price: Free! Words: 1,630. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Eliza is a well behaved eighteen year old girl, living in the 1900’s. Her home is a fire station where her father is the fire chief. Eliza loves going to the dance every Saturday night, and she always arrives home by midnight to her waiting father. But tonight she is late and she thinks about the punishment. Eliza has worked herself up into a panic. What her father does next is unexpected.
Breakfast at Midnight
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Price: Free! Words: 88,570. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(3.00 from 1 review)
Hobart, Tasmania, 1894. From the mouldering cells of Port Arthur to the sun-dappled grounds of Wintersleigh House, Breakfast at Midnight analyses the expectations placed on young people by family members and by society as a whole. It also explores the polarised society of the mid 1890's, a time when trenchant Victorian conservatism and burgeoning feminist ideals seemed increasingly incompatible.
The Bullroarer: This World from Wilson's Promontory
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 156,710. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Biographical
Here's a toy and totem, a spinning top and talisman, all in one. It howls, ‘How does a gardener get painted a pirate of the high seas?’ It roars and rings of smoke, like upcoiling incense, or dust rising from a tail-chasing dog, or a wounded bull. ‘An obsession, any material, emotional, magical possession might impassion a struggle for self-possession that rings of truth and light and saturnalia.'
Daisy's War
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,210. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(4.82 from 11 reviews)
In 1914, Daisy lives in the quiet New Zealand valley where her family has farmed for generations. Her world seems a warm and safe one. But the Great War is casting its long shadow over New Zealand. Daisy watches in growing fear as more and more of the men leave to fight in Europe, and the War strikes ever closer to the heart of her family.
Scarlet Runner
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Price: Free! Words: 81,640. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
The 1912 Waihi Strike tested the resolve of the worker, the town and the government. None could have forseen its devastating effects or the tragedy that would propel the strike into the annals of history. The story follows Archie and Mary struggling to find love against a turbulent industrial dispute. Battles were fought and lost, love won and lost, men died. The strike was never called off.
The Long Way Home
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 122,660. Language: Australian English. Published: April 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
A broken marriage sends a father and son on two different paths in life, only for both to realise an Angel is working to reunite them. Phillip Overton's writing has been compared to Nicholas Sparks, and some readers hold The Long Way Home in the same elite company as New York Times Bestseller, The Shack.
Lesson Plan - Letters of a Convict Girl - Grades 4-6
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Price: Free! Words: 2,810. Language: Australian English. Published: August 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(4.00 from 1 review)
A Week-long Lesson Plan in Story & Language Assessment using the text 'Letters of a Convict Girl - Age 11' by Kate Walker. ~ Questions on content, language use and text interpretation. ~ Letter Writing Model and Task. ~ Suitable for classroom and home schooling.
The Prisoner
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Price: Free! Words: 20,710. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(5.00 from 1 review)
The first 50 years of Australia's settlement by the white man was a time of brutality, cruelty, and harshness - not always on the part of the prisoners. One man, transported for a crime today's world would consider minor, finds that regardless of his crime, regardless of his past, he comes to a time when he discovers some things are worth dying for.
Nor the Years Condemn
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Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 111,370. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
At the beginning of World War 2, Britain was in the deepest trouble imaginable. 5 minutes flying time away crouched a monster. Alone against it, Britain called out to her Empire. For pilots. From all corners of that Empire, they volunteered. Only the best & brightest were chosen. Daniel Quinn was one of these young men who came to fly against the monster. They had a 1-in-3 chance of survival.
For the Life of Thi Lin Klein
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Price: Free! Words: 95,010. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
An Australian love/war story set during the last few weeks of Australia's part in the Vietnam War.
The Caroline
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Price: Free! Words: 2,230. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2011. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Susan Unwin is an emigrant sailing from England to Australia in the Nineteenth century. Tragedy befalls the ship and they are close to sinking, but an American captain finds them adrift in the middle of the ocean and offers help. As the ship struggles towards its destination, Susan’s daydreams torment her with her own tragedy.
Hedging Bets
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Price: Free! Words: 2,350. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Sports
Ash's sister was one of those women who somehow always seem to connect with the wrong blokes. Harold was perhaps the cream of the crop as far as bludgers go, or more precisely, the bottom of the barrel. But when Harold comes up with a no-risk scheme to make some quick cash, Ash just can't say no.
Balls (September 1981)
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Series: The Fallen, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 7,160. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: September 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
A short story, complimentary to The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea, based on actual events, set two years later. Jude and Su have got embroiled in violent civil conflict that threatens to tear New Zealand-Aotearoa apart. Of course NZ being NZ it could only be about Rugby!
Potatoes to Gold
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Price: Free! Words: 2,920. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
'Potatoes to Gold' is a short story set in the late 1890s, during the West Australian gold rush, and offers an insight into the living conditions that outback pioneering families endured. The story is told from the perspective of a bright, young girl, Cathleen Sophia, who reveals her love of the outback and her devotion to her grandmother. And her fear of one day having to leave them both.
The Old Balmain House
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Series: Old Balmain House, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 59,040. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Sophie vanished - where did she go? For 100 years nobody knows. A photo of 8 year old Sophie and an antique perfume bottle are found in the fireplace of an old house. The story of a Balmain family over 170 years. Finally they uncover what happened. Set around beautiful Sydney Harbour this is a story of this place and its people, an imagined history from early Australia to the present day
Deepwater
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,960. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(4.00 from 1 review)
Harry, Louise and their illegitimate baby are trapped in the poverty and violence of the Sydney slums where Harry lives by his fists, collecting debts for a bookie, because he's never had the chance to live any other way. When a neighbour, Prue, befriends them opportunity comes out of a violent tragedy but it will be how Harry responds to a threat that will define him as a man.