When I noted that The Moral Compass by K.A. Servian took place in New Zealand I was immediately intrigued. It’s rare that I come across a historical novel that travels to that port of call so I thank Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for offering me the opportunity to visit a new country in my reading.
About The Moral Compass:
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
Paperback & eBook; 285 Pages
Florence lives like a Princess attending dinner parties and balls away from the gritty reality, filth and poverty of Victorian London.
However, her world comes crashing around her when her father suffers a spectacular fall from grace. She must abandon her life of luxury, leave behind the man she loves and sail to the far side of the world where compromise and suffering beyond anything she can imagine await her.
When she is offered the opportunity to regain some of what she has lost, she takes it, but soon discovers that not everything is as it seems. The choice she has made has a high price attached and she must live with the heart-breaking consequences of her decision.
This novel is part one in the ‘Shaking the Tree’ series.
About the Author:
As a life-long creative, Kathy gained qualifications in fashion design, applied design to fabric and jewellery making and enjoyed a twenty-year-plus career in the fashion and applied arts industries as a pattern maker, designer and owner of her own clothing and jewellery labels.
She then discovered a love of teaching and began passing on the skills accumulated over the years—design, pattern-making, sewing, Art Clay Silver, screen-printing and machine embroidery to name a few.
Creative writing started as a self-dare to see if she had the chops to write a manuscript. Writing quickly became an obsession and Kathy’s first novel, Peak Hill, which was developed from the original manuscript, was a finalist in the Romance Writers of New Zealand Pacific Hearts Full Manuscript contest in 2016.
Kathy now squeezes full-time study for an advanced diploma in creative writing in around working on her novels, knocking out the occasional short story, teaching part-time and being a wife and mother.
I’ve read books that had Australia as their backdrop but not New Zealand so I was quite interested to visit the country – at least in my mind. Florence was a young, gentlewoman who grew up in society somewhat protected from the harsher side of life. The only time she defied her father was in the choice of a young man; she fell in love with a Frenchman. This was just not something he was going to stand for – a foreigner daring to court his daughter. But Florence is in love. Little does she know that her life is about to change is more ways than she could ever imagine as the family – her brother and father and Florence – suddenly packs up and heads to New Zealand.
Florence doesn’t understand why her life has been so uprooted but she soon learns that her life is not what it was and she had been living a lie. New Zealand turns out to be the type of challenge she had never faced before. Her brother is of no help and in some ways he places her in impossible situations. Florence learns her true self as she struggles to adapt to a life without all that she knew.
I will admit that I struggled a bit with the book at first but was soon involved in the story. The characters truly engaged my imagination and I felt myself swept away into rough and tumble New Zealand as it was beginning to populate. The requisite good guys and bad guys play against each other with some that could be either. Or both! There is much to keep the reader engaged and intrigued and I can’t wait for the next volume.
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