Book 1 – The Wideawake Hat
In 1849 Sophia and George leave Scotland and travel to New Zealand to begin a new life. Tragedy strikes and Sophia is left to cope alone with a young baby. James Mackenzie comes to her rescue and they begin a life together in the high country basin surrounded by snow capped mountains. They name their new home ‘Applecross’ and, along with their neighbours and friends, they settle into a new community and prosper as sheep farmers.
Book 2 – Shepherd’s Delight
continues our tale of the settlers at Applecross also taking us beyond the basin to India, Scotland and Australia. Someone is trying to track James down, but is it good news or bad?
Book 3 – Guy Pender
If you have read Shepherd’s Delight you will have met Guy Pender. Dashingly handsome, he’s a real favourite with the Applecross families. It is Guy who took the famous photograph of Friday. He has his own story to tell too, and in Book 3 we are transported to Switzerland in 1867 where Guy falls in love with Amelie and vows to bring her back to Applecross.
Book 4 – Three Cedar Trees
To Atewhai the growth of the three precious cedar trees next to Applecross Homestead is matched by the passage of Freddie, Ben and Ed into manhood. So, when one of the trees is damaged in a storm, does it foretell of tragedy involving one of the boys? Atewhai certainly thinks so……
Book 5 – ‘Mixed Blessings – due for publication April 2022
Five years have passed since we last visited the Mackenzies. Applecross sheep station is thriving, more people than ever have made it their home. There are changes everywhere, big and small, but James and Sophia remain the solid, dependable mainstay of life in the rural community. Until a dramatic incident rocks the very foundations of Mackenzie’s Basin…….
Book 6 and onwards – more stories to come from Applecross Station.