In 19th century New Zealand, there are few choices for a farm girl like Amy. Her life seems mapped out for her by the time she is twelve.
Amy dreams of an exciting life in the world beyond her narrow boundaries. But it is the two people who come to the farm from outside the valley who change her life forever, and Amy learns the high cost of making the wrong choice.
I write historical novels set in New Zealand, starting in the 1880s. My sixth book, "After the Roses", covers the years from 1918 to 1923. I'm fascinated by social history, particularly that of my own country.
I was born in New Zealand, and apart from two years in England have lived here all my life. I'm married to my childhood sweetheart, who grew up in the farming valley that's the inspiration for my imaginary one.
We have a few acres in the countryside, where we have an orchard...