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The Wideawake Hat (The Applecross Saga #1)

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From the Scottish Highlands to the South Island of New Zealand, life was harsh for the early pioneers who ventured into a new land far across the seas where opportunity beckoned for those who could endure the hardships.

On Boxing Day, 1848 Sophia steps ashore with her new husband, George, and begins her perilous journey inland to seek a place to call home. Her hope for th
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Kindle Edition, 399 pages
Published February 2021 by Amazon Digital Services (first published October 1st 2018)
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KarenK2
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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On Boxing Day, 1848 Sophia steps ashore with her new husband, George, and begins her perilous journey inland to seek a place to call home. When tragedy strikes, an enigmatic Scottish shepherd, James Mackenzie, steps in to help the family and Sophia’s life takes an unexpected turn.

The writing flows well and the story is compelling. Good story about New Zealand's early settlers and their day-to-day lives. I look forward to the second book in this se
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Lesley
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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From the Scottish highlands to the South Island of New Zealand, life was harsh for early pioneers, but Sophia and George McKay had hopes for a better future when they stepped ashore on Boxing Day 1848.The reader takes the journey with them as they travel inland to begin a life farming sheep in the Mackenzie Basin.
In her preface, author Amanda Giorgis explains “the area takes its name from James MacKenzie, who with his black and white collie dog Friday, famously rustled a thousand sheep and took
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Texas
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Wideawake Hat - This is my first read by this author and I enjoyed reading it. The conversational writing style made it seem like we were sitting on the porch listening to what was happening in the neighborhood. OK, different neighborhood, different country, different time period, but still neighborly.

The various storylines are as interesting as the vast assortment of characters. As anywhere, in any era, there are the caring, supporting neighbors, along with the dodgy and the criminal chara
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Karen Robinson
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a tendency to read historical stories, and this time, it is a local one, set in an area I know reasonably well, featuring a character that I had some knowledge of. I enjoyed the story, and the characters, both the fictional ones as well as the historical ones. A nice introduction to the geographical area, and to the historical details.
Heather Maxwell
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. The characterisation of the pioneers and the Maori people involved in the story, is engaging and engrossing. The telling of the journey and the developing settlement of Marytown captures the imagination. The tragedies, which occur, will bring a tear, but very realistic given the mid 19th century setting. The story involves the intriguing figure of James Mackenzie, a freebooter accused of sheep rustling. What happened to him? Well, you will need to read this novel to find out.
Gillian Nash
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I so enjoyed The Wideawake Hat and would certainly recommend to anyone who likes to read about New Zealand's early settlers [I read it as a fictional story based on fact]. I congratulate Amanda Giorgis and look forward to her next book which I believe is hitting the shelves as I type. ...more
Hazel
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This tale of the early settlers in New Zealand was gripping stuff. Great characters and storyline meant it was hard to put the book down. The story is a mixture of fact and fiction but it all weaves together very well. Looking forward to Book 2.
Terry Spearing
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great read, just couldn’t put it down. Can’t wait for the next book to find out how the saga continues.
Deborah Cotton
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
Boring

Not a fan. Lumbering boredom at its best. The timeline is confusing and the characters uninteresting. Would not recommend this .
Jude
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A light well written insight into the life of a Legend of New Zealand

A light hearted, part fact, part fiction, look at the legend of James Mackenzie and other young settlers, finding their way in their new home on the South Island of New Zealand. Very well written. Loved it, highly recommended!
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Amanda Giorgis was born in Somerset, England. She emigrated to New Zealand in 2008 and moved to the beautiful Mackenzie Basin.

Amanda writes while looking out onto the flat plains with snow-capped mountains beyond. It is a place where it is easy to find inspiration for stories of early pioneers, who made this unique place their home.

She shares her home with her husband, Terry and three rescued hunt
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