Reviews of The Wideawake Hat

‘This gripping tale of the lives of some of the early European pioneers, who arrived in New Zealand in the mid 19th century, was totally absorbing. The descriptions of the characters, their environment and the hardships they faced were compelling. The clever weaving of fact with fiction added to the authenticity of the story. James Mackenzie, who actually existed, has made his mark on the people who wanted to begin again in a new land. I am left wanting more, so look forward to the next book in the series.’ – Heather

‘Once I started I found it difficult to put down and what I liked about it was that it gave one an insight of what the early European settlers had to contend with. The other enjoyable fact was the the language did not include any of expletives one seem to get in many books today’

‘What a great read, just couldn’t put it down. Can’t wait for the next book to find out how the saga continues.’ – Colin

‘This tale of the early settlers in New Zealand was gripping stuff. Great characters and storyline meant it was hard to put the book down. The story is a mixture of fact and fiction but it all weaves together very well. Looking forward to Book 2.’ – Hazel

‘Great story. Strong characters. Looking forward to the next book.’ – Greg

I really enjoyed this book. A tale of life in New Zealand from the point of view of early settlers and the difficulties they faced. I look forward to the next instalment. – Jackie S

An easy to read, fast moving tale, chronicling the lives of the pioneer settlers in New Zealand’s South Island, in particular exploring the life of James Mackenzie who actually existed. It is a combination of fact and fiction, encompassing tragedy, suspense, wrongful imprisonment and hope for the future. I’m looking forward to the next instalment of the Applecross Saga! – Quick

I very much enjoyed this story, in fact I had a hard time putting the book down as I got completely immersed into the story. Lots of research has gone into this work and I love a story with a positive outcome. Can’t wait for saga #2!

A light hearted, part fact, part fiction, look at the legend of James Mackenzie and other young settlers, finding their way in their new home on the South Island of New Zealand. Very well written. Loved it, highly recommended!

I so enjoyed The Wideawake Hat and would certainly recommend to anyone who likes to read about New Zealand’s early settlers [I read it as a fictional story based on fact]. I congratulate Amanda Giorgis and look forward to her next book which I believe is hitting the shelves as I type.

Well researched novel about a famous kiwi pioneer. I loved the well fleshed out characters and the possible alternative ending to James Mackenzie’s life. A fast moving and absorbing story. This novel has given me the urge to learn more about James Mackenzie and what happened to him. Also found the hints on Maori herbal remedies fascinating.

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Reviews of Shepherd’s Delight

Another read that I couldn’t put down, and although I had to think back to ‘The Wideawake Hat’ to remind myself who was who, the twist at the end really ‘caught me out’. Looking forward to the rest of the Saga.

If you are looking for one of these books, where you can read a few pages before falling asleep, this is not one of them. Once started, it is hard to put it down! When the story started to wind down for completion, I hoped I was wrong. Well researched, well written, leaving you with a positive feeling at the end!





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