Daniel

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A tale of courage and determination, of love and loss. This powerful and moving narrative follows Daniel Adin through the generations, from 1863 until his death in 1926 and offers an insight into the everyday lives of pioneering New Zealanders. Daniel makes history come alive! More

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About Vicky Adin

Vicky Adin is a New Zealand author living on the North Shore of Auckland within walking distance of the beach, the coffee shops and inspiration.

Three words sum up her passion in life: family, history and language. After decades of genealogical research and a life-long love affair with words (she actually enjoyed writing essays at school) she has combined her skills to write poignant novels that weave family and history together, based on real people, with real experiences in a way that makes the past come alive.

She confesses to a vibrant and varied career that enriched her life and now provides a lot of inspiration. She wonders what the next twenty years will bring.

Under The PastFinders Logo, Vicky Adin writes stories about families: love, loss and renewal.

Daniel is the dramatised, biographical narrative of a disillusioned soldier, New Zealand pioneer, patriarch, and pacifist.

The Cornish Knot is the engaging story of Megan, a widow who mysteriously receives her great-grandmother’s journal written a hundred years earlier. She embarks on a journey to trace her family tree, uncovering secrets and by following the footsteps of her ancestor, finds herself immersed in the world of art in Cornwall, Florence and New Zealand.

Next in The PastFinders series is The Art of Secrets, a soul-searching novel concerning two women: Emma Wade, a young journalist and Charlotte Day, an ageing and reclusive author. Both have suffered hardships and trust no one. They both hide behind a façade. They both need redemption. Will they find it by sharing their pain?

Kazam! Is a children’s illustrated adventure story set in New Zealand and based on real events. It was written for her grandsons, who wanted pictures as well as words.

Vicky Adin holds a Master degree with Honours in English and Education. When not writing you will find her reading – she is an avid reader of historical novels, family sagas and contemporary women’s stories; travelling with her life long partner and biggest fan; spending time with her children and grandchildren, or gardening.

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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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