Troubador From the Auld Rock to a Hard Place

Released: 28/11/2019

ISBN: 9781838591755

Format: Paperback

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From the Auld Rock to a Hard Place


It’s 1874 and a group of Shetlanders embark on a life-changing journey to New Zealand in search of a better life. Jamie and Catherine are deeply in love and about to be married. But their plans are thwarted by a selfish, unstable aristocrat who has designs on Jamie.

Jamie and Catherine must suffer a new life living side-by-side, but forbidden from being together. Joe, Jamie’s brother, must contend with being married to a woman he loves, while in the knowledge that Catherine’s heart still belongs elsewhere.

Arriving in New Zealand and challenged with new suffering and exploitation, will their love prevail against all odds?

'From the Auld Rock to a Hard Place' is my first novel. It is historical fiction based on fact. It is the story of a group of Shetlanders who emigrated to Karamea in the north of New Zealand's South Island. The Nelson Provincial Government was inadequately prepared for the arrival of the emigrants. Consequently their first two years were very difficult.

I am positing snippets about Shetland and Karamea on my facebook page WendyCheyne.

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Wendy Cheyne

I was born in Cardiff. Educated at Palmerston Infants, Cadoxton Junior Mixed, Barry Girls' Grammar School. My family emigrated to New Zealand where my education continued at Roxburgh DHS, Avonside Girls'. As a mature student I studied at Canterbury University where, eventually, I graduated with a BA in French and American Studies.

Work career has veered from banking, working in the egg factory, counter lunches at the old Dominion Hotel to secretarial work at the University of Canterbury. I have also worked in Quality Assurance at Tip Top.

Ten years on a life style block at West Melton saw me as part-time shepherd, chief blueberry picker, chief in charge of egg production (120 free range hen) and managing director of a jam and pickle business.

Writing - I have worked as a volunteer on two local papers.

Passport photograph - usually dreadful - this one not so.

Taken at a niece's wedding several years ago.
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