The Applecross Saga

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

What happens to the trees happens to the boys….

Three cedar trees grow beside the Applecross homestead in New Zealand’s South Island. Precious trees, carried from Scotland across the world as seedlings. A poignant reminder of home. As they mature, so too do Freddie, the eldest son of Sophia Mackenzie, and Ben and Ed, twin sons of Nancy Lawton.

To Atewhai, the wise old Maori woman, the growth of the saplings into mature trees is matched by the passage of the boys into manhood. Will Sophia and Nancy allow their sons to strike out into the world, or will they hold them back with their roots set firmly in the farm soil?

And, when one of the precious cedar trees is damaged in a storm, does it foretell of tragedy involving one of the boys? Atewhai certainly thinks so……

Join us as our settlers embrace the late 1860s, a period of rapid change in New Zealand. Railways, improved roads and better communications are beginning to open up this remote and spectacular corner of the world to visitors. Some fall in love and find it hard to leave the basin, while others are torn between love and a desire to be involved in this exciting period of progress. Who will stay, and who will leave for ever?

Three Cedar Trees is the 4th book in The Applecross Saga.

Book 5 – ‘Mixed Blessings’ – due for publication late 2021

Book 6 and onwards – more stories from Applecross Station.

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