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In her bestselling historical romances Tamar and White Feathers, Deborah Challinor introduced feisty Tamar Deane, the Cornish seamstress who became the owner of Auckland′s most successful brothel, and whose scandalous affair with Kepa, handsome son of a rangatira, resulted in the birth of her illegitimate son, Joseph.

White Feathers, which continued the story of Tamar and h
Hardcover, Large Print, 520 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Charnwood
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I loved this series. It actually made me home sick a little as I am from Hawkes Bay, where this series is mostly based. Also, being a Maori (Moo-ree, as the English characters said) and seeing the culture described made me want to go home even more!
Loved the history incorporated in the Story. I was learning but it didn't feel like a lecture.
I loved the characters and there are so many of them as Tamar's family just kept growing. I must admit towards the end as snipets of different characters liv
Robyn Smith
Although this book followed the others logically and almost seamlessly, I felt it moved too frequently from one character to another, so you had the impression of too much action from too many and it was sometimes an effort to keep up.
However, some of the sub-plots, such as Drew in a Burmese prisoner of war camp, were deeply moving and harrowing at the same time.
Leila and Bonnie's marriages to American servicemen were the weakest contrivance in the book, I felt.
Overall a good read though.
Have just finished the third book of this wonderfully written trilogy. Absolutely loved all three books :)
Sue Webber
A bit sad to reach the end of this trilogy. A good read.
Wendy Howard
This is the review I wrote for my local library...

In this third and final installment in the life of Tamar Murdoch, we start with the Napier earthquake in 1931, when Tamar and her daughter Keely are right there in the thick of things. Tamar's grandchildren are growing up, just in time to be called into service for World War Two - young girls and boys alike.

I enjoyed this book as much as the previous two, "Tamar" and "White Feathers".
Angelique Simonsen
overall a good trilogy however this book felt repetitive might be cos i read all three in a row?
Jac T
Great book, love all her books and enjoyed this trilogy! Only took a couple of days to read and even stayed up late tonight to finish it!!
A lovely book to finish the trilogy. HIghly recommend
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Born in Huntly, she holds a PhD in New Zealand history from the University of Waikato. Challinor has worked as a fulltime writer and historian since 2000.

Primarily known for her historical novels, Deborah Challinor’s first published books were non-fiction history books, including the best-selling Grey Ghosts: New Zealand Vietnam Vets Talk About Their War (Hodder Moa Beckett, 1998).

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