Daniel A Tale of Courage and Determination, of Love and Loss

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
A vivid, attention-grabbing insight into the everyday lives of pioneering New Zealanders, Daniel makes history come alive! A powerful and moving narrative traces Daniel Adin through the generations, from 1863 until his death in 1926. The story alternates between real-life events as they happen to Daniel and following Libby, the modern-day researcher, as she seeks his true story. More

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About Vicky Adin

I am a wife, mother of two, grandmother of four and an author (BA English, MA (Hons) Education).

In my life, I have been a stay-at-home mum, school library assistant, secretary, executive assistant, retailer, seamstress, embroiderer and tutor, local body politician, amateur thespian both on stage and behind the scenes, a professional conference organiser and now I can proudly say I’m an author.

I wonder where the next twenty years in my life will lead me?

I live on the North Shore of Auckland with my husband of over 40 years, within walking distance of the beach – my favourite place to walk, to think and to be at peace.

I love stage musicals, gardening, reading – mostly historical novels – and genealogy. I love horses and equestrian, used to ride, fell off once too often and no longer ride. I leave that to my granddaughter now.

I write as often as I can but not as often as I’d like. I do a lot of research. I like to know things. I also write short stories, poetry and blank verse.

I started writing seriously in 2007 after years of interest in New Zealand history and genealogy. I am a bit of an idealist at heart and weave family and history together, throwing in a bit of travel, some food and love, of course, love, and my stories come to life.

My latest book, 'The Cornish Knot', is about Megan, a widow of 12 months who mysteriously receives her great-grandmother’s journal written a hundred years ago. She embarks on a journey to trace her family tree, discovering secrets and follows the footsteps of journal's author from Cornwall via Italy to New Zealand. This story will be the first of The PastFinders series.

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Review by: Shauna Bickley on Aug. 01, 2012 :
The research behind Daniel is excellent, but this is no dry full-of-facts book.
Daniel's life and exploits are shared with the reader in a way that stirs the emotions.
From the New Zealand Land Wars, the hardships of pioneers trying to make their mark in a new land, and family life in rural New Zealand this book covers it all.
I also enjoyed the interlinking 'modern' extracts, and the journey of the narrator in finding this information.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Bev Robitai on June 14, 2012 :
I was hooked from the first page as the characters sprang to life. I could hear their voices, and imagine the humble kitchen scene as if it was a British television drama. It sent me turning the pages to find out what happened next, and I wasn't disappointed.
This is a fascinating insight into the lives of real people who came to New Zealand and built their lives in a new land. A well-researched history, but with the full flavour and passion of a novel. Recommended!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Maree van de Water on June 11, 2012 :
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this historical novel of Daniel's life.
The author created a real journey of interest as we flipped between past and present time, interweaving the characters lives.
The combination of history and real life hardship coupled with a romantic touch made the book very engaging. I believe both men and women would like this book. Highly recommend it!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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