The Literature Hub
Reviewed by Ashleigh
Author: Deborah Challinor
Publisher & Pages: HarperCollins, 350 pages
Blurb: When armed conflict drives a wedge between Maori and Pakeha, not everyone can choose sides easily. For Isla McKinnon, the choices are bitter. Taken in by local Maori when her parents are brutally murdered, she has grown to womanhood and taken a Maori husband. In a thrilling tale of love and loss from the land wars – when simmering tensions between Maori and the encroaching Pakeha settlements exploded into bloody warfare – love and trust are put cruelly to the test. Separated from her husband and her family and restored to Auckland society, Isla must learn to survive in both worlds. Inevitably, she must decide between them, and lose part of her heart forever.
Highlight: Isla is a fantastic character.
Caution: This book deals with some hard topics such as racial prejudice.
Highlight: There is a strong message of love and loss, and how we are all connected by that.
Caution: The McKinnon children start out as a little annoying because of their naivety. If you can get past that then ignore this Caution.