Land of Promise: The Diary of William Donahue, Gravesend to Wellington, 1839-40 (My New Zealand Story)
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"Will Donahue and his family are leaving to start a new life in the fledgling colony of New Zealand. Will dreams of adventures in a strange and exotic land far from the world he knows, that of 1830s England. However his father has other, more mundane ideas. He wants Will to join him, working behind the counter of the family store. Little do either of them know that, after a devastating sea voyage, they will arrive in Port Nicholson to discover that the picturesque town of parks and squares promised by the New Zealand Company is nothing but pie in the sky. As Will's family and the other settlers struggle to build the town that will one day become Wellington, they must overcome harsh conditions and difficult terrain - and face the anger of the Maori whose land they have unwittingly taken."
Shortlisted for Storylines Notable New Zealand Books: Junior Fiction 2009.
Lorraine Orman has also written A Long Way From Home, part of the My Story series, set in the Warkworth area during WWII, when the American soldiers arrived for training.