That Was The Hour
A romantic story with a failed romance and a tragic historical event as the background is hardly the basis for any good plot but, nevertheless, F. J Thwaites pulls it off.
That Was The Hour, first published in 1967, weaves the tale of an English doctor arriving in New Zealand to work with both the Maoris and European settlers in 1886.
While the doctor settles in and things start to look up for several characters, warnings are heard muttered behind the sunny days and smiling faces.
The events are played out from factual data including eye-witness testimony of the destruction of the 8th Wonder of The World, leaving the reader wanting more.
F.J Thwaites is an Aussie author who's fallen out of favour in the past few decades but he remains an thoroughly enjoyable entertainer and a master story-teller.
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