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ISBN 9781310881251
Published 8 August 2013 by Gwendoline Ewins
Available in PDF format
Software Read in Browser or Adobe Ebook Compatible Device
Language en
Author(s) By Ewins, Gwendoline
Edited by Marshall, Lesley
Series Southern Seas
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ISBN-13 9781310881251
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Gwendoline Ewins
Imprint Gwendoline Ewins
Publication Date 8 August 2013
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format PDF ebook – 1st edition
Edition 1st
Author(s) By Ewins, Gwendoline
Edited by Marshall, Lesley
Series Southern Seas
Category NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages Not specified
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 498116

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"Drums" begins in 1825 Sydneytown when the heroine, Amelia Yorke, returns from her work as a teacher and can't find her mother. We soon know the reason for this and its impact on Amelia's decision to become the new wife of a recently-widowed missionary, appointed to Polynesia by the London Missionary Society.

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Author's Bio

For as long as I can remember I've been intrigued by what pushes people to leave their homeland and search for another place to live their lives. Sometimes the reasons are pretty obvious - freedom, safety, opportunity, space, beauty. In my case, I travelled with my husband wherever his work took him and these days live in Christchurch, New Zealand. Before then we lived in Polynesia for almost a decade. We lived on remote islands in the eastern Southern Seas, tiny scraps of land in a vast sea that were first inhabited over four thousand years ago as people left Havaiiki - wherever that might have been - and set out for something better or simply different. Those early seafarers travelled on fragile trimarans that should never have survived the long and arduous journey across the mighty Pacific. They should have been swamped and sunk to the bottom of the ocean. The passengers should have died from thirst or hunger, or from being tossed overboard and eaten by sharks. But they survived, sustained by coconuts and fish and by their knowledge of the stars and the patterns of the sea and the weather. They were courageous people, intelligent and beautiful with a lusty appreciation of life. And they found what they were looking for. Then Europeans came - explorers and adventurers, whalers and sandalwood gatherers, traders and missionaries, good people and bad people and everything in between. Most of them were men who might have thought they'd died and gone to heaven because of all the sex and erotic dancing under the moon, but by the end of the 1790's the missionaries were coming and brought wives with them. In some ways the Europeans found themselves in paradise on stunningly beautiful islands described as emeralds scattered over a sapphire sea. Fish and fruit were abundant. The islanders wise in the use of medicines made from shrubs and nuts and seaweed. But the clash of cultures would have been enormous. Polynesians took it for granted everything was to be shared - "sharing" was tantamount to theft to the Europeans. Polynesian open expression of joy or grief would have been alien to 19th century Europeans. Beliefs about sensuality and promiscuity were miles apart. To put it simply, Polynesians believed this was right and that was wrong and Europeans often believed the opposite.hurch congregations half-way around the world. This then is the world where my Southern Seas Series heroines and heroes live - more can be found on my website: http://www/gwendoline-ewins.com

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