Six stories of New Zealand’s past to enjoy

Hello all, I hope you enjoyed this week’s review on a period of New Zealand’s recent history. I thought I’d share with you all how I learned about my adopted country’s rich and colourful past. This post is slightly differently laid out and will have a little bit of personal things along with a short review of some of the My New Zealand stories I’ve read. So if you’re a history buff, have a wander down this post…

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Dawn Raid by Pauline Smith

Hi everyone, this week’s post is a bit of an introduction to the history of the country I call home. This title is a New Zealand diary fiction read, whose events are based on actual events from history. If you enjoy learning about New Zealand, this week is the one to start reading…

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My brigadista year by Katherine Paterson

Hi everyone, this week I’m reviewing a book that kept me engrossed from start to finish. This title is similar to the previous one in that it’s based on actual events that transpired in the previous century, but in another part of the world. So if this has piqued your interest, settle down for a read…

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Dear diary… it’s June now

Hi there, it’s the beginning of June! I hope everyone has slumbered out of lockdown alright. Down here in New Zealand we’ve just come out of our lockdown period and easing back into ‘normal’ life. With all the changes that have taken place, both outside of my world as the seasons shift and inside myself, I wanted to change up my selections for this month. This month you will find all the reads told in the style of diary entries.

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The sequin star by Belinda Murrell

Hello all, for this last week I’ve selected a time-slip adventure that will take you on a wild ride. Yes, time-slip month is about to end!! I must confess now, this is one of my favourite themes!! Be prepared for this one with plenty to snack on and possibly some tissues on hand!

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Seven stories up by Laurel Snyder

Hi everyone, winter is making her voice heard here in the picturesque corner of Auckland I call home. How I wish I could be with my sister in England as she welcomes summer!! This next title is actually a summer read but our young heroine finds herself slipping back in time to when her gra… Woops!! Sorry…I’m doing it again!! Will you be brave and find out what happens next?

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The Blitz next door by Cathy Forde

Hi everyone, I hope this month has brought you a new wave of appreciation for this new world around us. It sure did for me as I got to see the seasons change in a lovely part of Auckland I hadn’t lived in before. This next time-slip book is an interesting title that takes you to Scotland and… well, I won’t say anymore because that would spoil it for you!! Have a read and find out for yourself!!

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Bridge of time by Lewis Buzbee

Hello all, this first post is about a really interesting title that grabbed me from the front cover to the end. Don’t you think that image is mesmerising? I tried to see between the two and failed, which in turn led me to read the book and fall in love with our two heroes instead. Have a read and see if it happens to you!

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Time-slip adventures this May

Hi everyone, May is usually a month where New Zealand prepares for the onslaught of winter weather and prepares to hunker down anticipating the cold, dark days. Instead we down here have already been in a sort of hibernation with the mandatory self-isolation period over the last several weeks. As a difference for this month I’ve decided to treat you all to titles grouped under the theme of time-slip adventures!! If this is something you’re into, then read on…

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Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Hi everyone, if you enjoyed Lucky Broken Girl as much as I did then you would love this additional read!! Set in a similar time period but this time our young heroine is from another country with a different set of parents. The experience they tell of their lives resonated with me in many ways and I truly enjoyed reading this!! I hope you have a similar experience!!

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