When Tamar Deane is orphaned at seventeen in a small Cornish village, she seizes the chance for a new life and emigrates to New Zealand. In March 1879, alone and frightened on the Plymouth quay, she is befriended by an extraordinary woman. Myrna McTaggart is travelling to Auckland with plans to establish the finest brothel in the southern hemisphere and her unconventional friendship proves invaluable when Tamar makes disastrous choices in the new colony. Tragedy and scandal befall her, but unexpected good fortune brings vast changes to Tamar's life. As the century draws to a close, uncertainty looms when a distant war lures her loved ones to South Africa. This dramatic story - the first in a sweeping three - volume family saga - has a vivacious and compelling heroine who will live with the reader long after the final page has been turned.
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Deborah Challinor is a freelance writer and historian, and author of the bestselling Children of War trilogy - Tamar, White Feathers and Blue Smoke - as well as a string of bestselling historical novels including Fire, Kitty, Union Belle, Amber and Isle of Tears. Deborah has written a number of non-fiction titles.
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