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This edition is no longer available. Please see 'The Disenchanted Soldier' for the latest version on this story.

Libby was fascinated by the stories surrounding Daniel, by this man who looked down at her from the aged black and white photos on the walls some seventy years after his death. His story seemed inextricably linked to pioneering New Zealand and she wanted to know
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 2011 by AM Publishing New Zealand
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Lesley
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is an historical novel with the author basing it her own Adin family history.It is a good portrayal of the last six generations of Vicky's family,linked between England and New Zealand.

The story is told by Daniel and Emma Adin (1842-1926)and Libby Adin a woman who married into the Adin family in modern times.

Libby has often looked at the portrait of Daniel on the wall of the New Zealand family home ,wondering who he was and about his history.She talks to his remaining family.

As an immi
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Colleen Fauchelle
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it
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I won this book on goodreads. It is the true story of Daniel Adin written in story format which made it easy to read.

Daniel was born in England and in 1863 hops in a ship to come to New Zealand. What brave bunch of people to move to another country, where you knew no one and life was tough. As soon as Daniel hoped off the ship he was signed up to fight in the Maori wars. The white people decided to take the land off the Maori's. Daniel was ill at ease with the fighting, but did his job.

After his
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Lesley
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all ages
Recommended to Lesley by: goodreads
This book brought New Zealand history alive for me .Thank you Vicky for taking the time to write the book and make it available to read through Goodreads.
It has been written in an interesting manner with the present day character recording the history of their earliest NZ ancestor , as well as aspects of the present family. I felt it worked well and records an excellent history of the family.
I particularly liked the inclusion of significant NZ milestones such as the Maori Wars the volcanic erupt
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Rose Marie
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was privileged to receive this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

It has been a real eye opener to me in New Zealand history, particularly in relation to the Maori wars, which the average NZer knows so little. In that regard it shocked me to learn of the unjust brutality against the Maori.

Daniel's story is reflective of a lot of men (and women) who immigrated to NZ at that time. NZ was young and still finding itself as a nation and this story very much reflects
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Janet
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway, and couldn't wait to read it.

I loved the story, the characters and the way it was written. This book is a 4 3/4 stars, so rounded up to 5.

This book is also, a book of social comment on the period in which these people lived - with votes for women, the first world war and the harshness of live in rural New Zealand.

A BIG thank you to the author, for offering this book and allowing us to read this family story.
Maree Vandewater
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fascinating read. The author depicts NZ history in a very accurate but also intriguing way; leaving you wanting to read more and understand more of our countries history, our ancestors an dhow they lived

Add a bit of romance, friction and adventure and you have a brilliantly balanced historical novel.

Daniel is a great read for both men and women alike
Lesley Fowler
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great read, Very interesting to read about the pioneer days in NZ
Annette
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was a very interesting historical book
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Award winning historical fiction author, Vicky Adin is a genealogist in love with history and words.

After decades of research Vicky has combined her skills to write poignant novels that weave family and history together in a way that makes the past come alive. She is particularly fascinated by the 19th Century pioneers who undertook hazardous journeys to find a better life. Especially the women, w
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