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Kiwi Strong (New Zealand Ever After Book 3) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B0864S47XB
- Publisher : Bellbird Publishing (19 June 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 4042 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 482 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B086KG41FW
- Best Sellers Rank: 20,908 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Telling the story of Daisy, who escaped from a cult quite a few years ago and has rebuilt her life, and Gray, an ex-All Black rugby player, Kiwi Strong has emotions, drama, medical issues, family relationships and of course romance within its pages, and so much more! After a dramatic meeting, the story pans out to Daisy and Gray trying to rescue Daisy’s younger siblings from the same cult Daisy herself fled from. This is far from a romantic start, yet somehow in true Rosalind James style, romance does fly free, with bumps and hiccups, laughs and tears along the way.
I love how Rosalind James creates the perfect settings for her storyline and characters, her writing sets the scene so well and it is easy to imagine it all taking place. Her love and respect for New Zealand, and it’s people and cultures shows in her writing and the research she undertakes is superior. As always, the romance is top notch, this has a slightly more slow burn feel to it, but still the perfect blend of sweetness and steam. Kiwi Strong will appeal to readers of contemporary romance, and can be read as a standalone, I however have read the other 2 books in the series, and have enjoyed them all.
Firstly, I love the glimpses of home (proud Kiwi here!). My family comes from this area and tying in the strength & resilience of the Wanaka Tree into the story was worth one star easy.
Second star was the cameos from some of the previous characters. Especially the easy kinship they had with each other.
Third star comes from the new characters. The way they are introduced & grow throughout the story is very well done. I am not a fan of one of the "good" guys but that's okay.
Fourth star is the portrayal of the sect, and the difficulties leaving, both physical and emotional. I've met or listened to people who have left situations like this, and it's top shelf research & writing.
The fifth star is for the writing. I was totally engrossed in this book (good thing we were at covid level2 & the kids could have food delivery).
If I could get a follow up story I'd be in seventh heaven.
As usual, the descriptions of New Zealand’s beauty made me want to get on a plane and see them for my self.
Couldn’t put this one down.
Cheers Michelle in Australia
The main characters are fantastic. Strong, yet flawed. They are genuinely good people, but they occasionally do stupid things. But they are never cruel. Sometimes I read books with so-called “alpha men” and in reality they are just horrible selfish controlling people. The male character (Gray) is an alpha in the true sense - caring, protective, forgiving, loving, respectful and willing to admit he was wrong (sometimes he needs to think about it, but hey, he’s only human). The female character (Daisy) is a delight. She’s funny, intelligent, resourceful, a bit spiky but so vulnerable. Pets, children, friends and extended family play a key role in all of these New Zealand books, and it really adds to the richness of the story. Past characters drop by, which is lovely. Even bit players, like the security guard at the hospital feel like “real people”. The author takes the time to fully flesh out their characters even if they only appear on one page.
Talking about some of the mechanics of the book, I love how Rosalind skilfully changes POV, sometimes right in the middle of a scene. If done badly it can leave readers confused, but that’s not the case here. Using this device, Rosalind shows both characters perspectives, which adds more depth. She writes beautiful dialogue, it's really naturalistic, and there’s none of that “he said this”, “she said that” that can get really monotonous. New Zealand slang adds a touch of humour. The scenery is an integral part of her stories, and it is skilfully described with a light touch. She doesn’t labour on long descriptions. She describes scenery like a simple pencil sketch - it perfectly captures the essence without the full detail. She can make a time jump with confidence. She also writes extremely good love scenes. They aren’t full of lame cliches or stupid euphemisms. They are detailed without being weird and over the top; feelings rather than just actions are at the forefront. It is intimacy in its truest sense.
If are looking for a story that unfolds slowly and reveals its beauty to you gradually, like an amazing sunrise or a flower, a story that has wonderful characters that you feel you really get to know and love and a gorgeous location then get this book. It packs a heck of an emotional punch, deals sensitively with some difficult subject matter and is a beautiful love story. It swept me in completely.
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She and her brother had to go to school to get qualifications so that they could go to university so they could get jobs they chose for themselves, and Daisy worked as a cleaner to help support them. Daisy wanted to be a nurse, and now she is a very good one, but her younger sister Fruitful has reached sixteen, and has been married to the same man as she had been, and Daisy needs to rescue her, and another sister Obedience, because one won’t leave without the other. On the way there she has a traffic accident and her car plunges into the river, she loses all her belongings that were in the car with her. She is brave and resourceful and manages to escape from the car, and is rescued from the fast-flowing, freezing river by a stray dog and the man who had hit her car when she swerved to miss something in the road.
Gray had a massive migraine and shouldn’t have been driving, so he feels very badly about the accident. Once he knows the story he insists on helping her rescue her sisters. He had been a famous All Black rugby player, but had to retire at thirty, after too many injuries, he is now a builder. Of course Daisy has never heard of him. The rescue is very tense and exciting, but has repercussions as the story progresses. Gray and Daisy are both attracted to each other, but looking after the sisters means there is little opportunity for them to be alone to explore that attraction, plus having been married to such a cruel man Daisy is very wary of men in general, which doesn’t help.
This is a powerful story by a master story-teller, Rosalind is so good at providing characters and story-lines that you can really believe in. There is a happy ending, plus you get to meet characters from earlier books, always a pleasure! Well worth reading.
All that and ...
I agree with Daisy, there is something oddly comforting about Gray, he inspires confidence and certainty. You know that he will stand with you and for you, although that’s not anything that Daisy is used to and Gray is a little bewildered too by how determined and strong she is, solitary but so giving.
This is a love story and a story of love - risk, reward, loss, forgiveness and letting yourself be loved.
What’s the cost of living without love? Too high. Their words not mine.
There’s humour, drama, excitement, emotion, an unusual plot line and the poetry of the New Zealand landscape which is indeed, restful to the heart.
I love Rosalind James’ writing and insights. This is a love adventure to treasure.