Welcome to Applecross

Applecross sheep station in New Zealand is the fictional location for this spellbinding saga. We follow the fortunes of those who first settled here in the mid 1800s in a mix of true historical facts and pure fiction. Though Applecross itself may not exist, the Mackenzie Basin is indeed a real and beautiful part of New Zealand’s South Island.

In my opinion, a good historical novel needs strong, believable characters who come to life through a gripping storyline based on well-researched historical facts.


All about Amanda


I was born in Somerset, England and started my working life in teaching. Terry my husband, and I emigrated to New Zealand in 2008 and lived in the Mackenzie Basin until moving recently to North Canterbury.

I am lucky enough to write while looking out onto the Canterbury Plains with the snow-capped Southern Alps beyond. It is a place where it is easy to find inspiration for stories of the early settlers, who made New Zealand their home.

We share our home on a ten acre block of flat Canterbury land with our rescued huntaway dogs, Jess and Ted, and some chickens, who are as ornamental as they are productive.

I love my dogs who all came from Dog Rescue Dunedin. I am a passionate church bellringer, get great pleasure from my garden and if time allows, I like to investigate my family history or get the knitting needles out.

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