I gave this book 5* It was unputdownable!
This was a free e-book, downloaded as a recommend. It is the story of a young girl living on a farm in New Zealand in the 1800s. Having lost her mother and then her grandmother, who taught all she knew, she takes care of her father and two brothers and runs the house as if it is her own. It is a hard life for all of them, but they seem happy. Her life changes for the worse when her father remarries and brings home his young fashionable wife, who dislikes Amy on sight, and makes the poor girl’s life a misery. The story follows Amy over the next few years.
The author paints such a vivid picture of life in those days. The characters are brilliant. I reached the end of this book far too soon and immediately bought the sequel Mud & Gold.