Kitty

Part one of the bestselling saga of love and adventure on the high seas in the Pacific of the 800s, by one of our leading historical novelists   Kitty Author: Deborah Challinor ISBN: 9781775549635 Historical Fiction Published by: HarperCollins Softcover When 8-year-old Kitty Carlisle's father dies in 1838, her suddenly impoverished mother is left with little more than the possibility of her beautiful daughter making a good marriage. But when Kitty is compromised by an unscrupulous adventurer, her reputation is destroyed. In disgrace, she is banished to the colonies with her dour missionary uncle and his long-suffering wife. In the untamed Bay…

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Part one of the bestselling saga of love and adventure on the high seas in the Pacific of the 800s, by one of our leading historical novelists

 

  • Kitty
  • Author: Deborah Challinor
  • ISBN: 9781775549635
  • Historical Fiction
  • Published by: HarperCollins
  • Softcover

9781775549635

When 8-year-old Kitty Carlisle’s father dies in 1838, her suddenly impoverished mother is left with little more than the possibility of her beautiful daughter making a good marriage. But when Kitty is compromised by an unscrupulous adventurer, her reputation is destroyed. In disgrace, she is banished to the colonies with her dour missionary uncle and his long-suffering wife. In the untamed Bay of Islands, missionaries struggle to establish Victorian England across the harbour from the infamous whaling port of Kororareka, Hell-Hole of the Pacific. There Kitty falls in love with Ryan Farrell, an aloof and irreverent sea captain, but discovers he has secrets of his own. When shocking events force her to flee the Bay of Islands she takes refuge in Sydney, but her independent heart leads her into a web of illicit sexual liaison, betrayal and death

 

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Deborah Challinor has a PhD in history and is the author of eleven bestselling novels, including the Children of War series and the other titles in this, The Smuggler’s Wife, series. She lives in New Zealand with her husband.

 

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Thanks to the amazing team at HarperCollins NZ we have 3 copies of this wonderful book on offer to review

Congratulations to our 3 Lucky Reviewers

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Yvette
Donna

These are packaged up, going out today. Look forward to reading your reviews within 14 days

 

3 comments

  1. Would love the chance to read (and review) this book! Sounds like my sort of book and I need some new reading material!

  2. Review from Donna (emailed in)

    From the very first page this book had me hooked, it follows the life of Kitty an 18 year old on a journey of discovery, love, loss and mystery. From the shores of New Zealand in the early 1800’s to the Convict Colony of Sydney. I loved the way the author included actual historical facts into this riveting drama, The treaty of Waitangi, the Maori Culture and traditions all added to the intense reading of this book. I got swept away with the characters and loved the way you can sympathise and relate to them, you feel for their predicaments and can imagine life as it was back then and the hardships that bestowed upon them. I read this book in 2 days as each page I turned I wanted to know what is going to happen next so prepare yourself once you start reading you won’t be able to put it down. This is the first in a series of 3 books I can’t wait to see where the journey takes me next in Deborah Challinor’s Amber and Band of Gold.

    Thank you so much for choosing me to review this book, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  3. I really enjoyed reading this compelling book. The author is a skilled story teller and I found myself drawn into the story and anticipating what might happen next. I appreciate that the main character Kitty, while constrained by the social expectations of the times, is strong minded and a thinking woman. The growth in her character is evident as she faces the difficulties of a life she has not chosen as a missionary in New Zealand during early European settlement. Circumstances beyond her control force Kitty to flee from New Zealand and it is then that her strength really comes to the fore as she forges a new life for herself and faces more difficult decisions and heartbreak. The book is rich in historical background which adds authenticity to the story. The level of descriptive detail, from the clothes to the house furnishings to the social customs, brings the time period to life and I found it easy to imagine the settings that Kitty moved it. There is a rape scene in this book and while it was necessary for the story line, I found it very disturbing and think it could have been described in less detail. Some things are better off implied. It’s a pity that the blurb on the back of the book gives away who Kitty falls in love with as in the earlier parts of the book there are other possibilities the reader may wonder about. This book stands alone as a complete story but leaves plenty of possibilities for new adventures for Kitty. I am looking forward to reading the next book and seeing what Kitty gets up to next.

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