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“You must promise me, if this man approaches you, you will have nothing to do with him. Tell him you have no idea what he is talking about; faint to the floor if you must. But don’t let him say anything that could unravel our lives here. Promise me!”

Martha Grimm has a sorrowful secret, and her daughter Mary Ann is the only other person in New Zealand who knows it.

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Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 4th 2016 by Mākaro Press
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Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dzień dobry się z Państwem, witamy w drugiej odsłonie XIX wieku! Po bardzo dobrych Uskrzydlonych Joanny Parasiewicz sięgnąłem zaciekawiony tym magicznym czasem po Lewisville Alexandry Tidswell z Klubu Recenzenta I co? Jak wyszła ta książka, która treścią i gatunkiem niespecjalnie wpisuje się w mój profil czytelniczy?

Po pierwsze primo, to jest pożądany, bardzo dobry (дуже добре!) początek książki, jeżeli jest napisana przez osobę zorientowaną w temacie. Pani Alexandra Tidswell książk
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My official review here: 'The Power of a Hidden Truth' 2/20/2017:

The Power of a hidden truth...Lewisville is a story that spans three countries and fifty-six years. Pretty impressive considering that the novel fitted comfortably within my hands as I devoured it from cover to cover. It begins in 1815 when a young, dirt-poor, English Martha Grimm, despite desperately wanting to, is told she will never be allowed to learn to read and write and must stay and look after h
Isabella Lorandi
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I couldn't put this book down. It really opened my eyes to the experience of the early settlers, and a glimpse into the sacrifices they had to make. Such an incredible story, can't believe it's true. ...more
Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a "can't put down" book for me. After reading "La Rochelle's Road" which took me into the early days of European settlement on Banks Peninsula, "Lewisville" appeared as I was looking for material about my Luxford ancestors on the Christchurch City Libraries database. It just so happens that "Lewisville" tells the story of Mary Ann (Grimm) Luxford and her mother Martha (Masters) Lewis. Mary Ann married my great grandfather's cousin, William Nicholas Luxford. :-) I love that I read the no ...more
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
By the end of the 1st chapter, I had been transported back to 1815 Warwickshire UK. What follows is a fasinating look into how hard life could be, told through heart-felt stories of hope and redemption carried by a stout pioneering spirit. A rewarding read.

My favourite chapter is 'The Graveyard at Windlass Hill'. An beautifully written little tale all on it's own.
Jessie Bray sharpin
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Lewisville! The characters and places were so well-written that I miss them now that I'm finished. It's based on such an interesting real-life story, but the imagination that Alexandra Tidswell has added to create the full story is incredible. I wish I hadn't finished it so I could keep reading! ...more
Emma Fary
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lewsiville is a page turner from start to finish. I found myself drawn back to the book as often as I could, as I got so wrapped up in the lives of the characters. It made me think deeply about the courage, bravery and regrets of my own ancestors, and opened my imagination to the every day realities of those who made the long journey to this new country. The heart-wrenching decision at the core of the book is handled with dexterity by the writer, in a way that brings compassion for all involved. ...more
Maia Lopez
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved Lewisville. Normally am not interested in Historical Fiction but it was brilliant. Fascinating, hard to put down and gripping. Lewisville is a page turner that I highly recommend for all ages and genders. I loved the short chapters and the vibrant and captivating characters. Lewisville is written very well and is definitely worthy of its success on the bestseller lists.
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Language that draws you in, a fast pace and written to give you a real sense for the personal struggle of the time and place. Tough times and a tough woman. A compelling story.
Lucy Dobbs
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great story well written and really historically interesting- NZ history!!! I loved it! Highly recommend
Bridget Latter
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Page turning historical fiction about early New Zealand settlers. Sacrifices and secrets of people trying to reinvent themselves must have been prolific at the time, fascinating to think about.
Jeanna Rodgers
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fascinating read. Such a great bit of family history - how many other stories are out there like this I wonder 🙂
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Read this because the protagonists (Ebenezer and Martha Grimm) are my great (x6) uncle and aunt, and found more relatives from the Epilogue - the author herself! And it actually had me crying, too!
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Alexandra Tidswell has an LLB and a BA in Māori from Otago University, and is a former diplomat. Alexandra has always been interested in the stories of early New Zealand and how they’ve shaped our culture. She is a partner in Kia Māia Bicultural Communications, which produces bicultural interactive training resources.
Alexandra lives in Nelson with her husband and two children.

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