Southern Gold, by Jude Thomas

A captivating story of colonial New Zealand
 
It is 1858 in boom town Dunedin. Vagabonds and dreamers are pouring into the new colony. A newborn is found abandoned on the road. She is named Billie and raised in the notorious community of Maclaggan Street, a district of pubs and prostitutes, commerce and chance. But at six years old, the spirited girl is faced with making her own way in the world.
 
Why is the professional gentleman so interested in her sketchy past and future prospects? And what does the Irish charmer want with a girl who detests him?
 
Southern Gold twists and turns through some of New Zealand's historical events over eighteen years. Staunch pioneer
characters strongly evoke Otago's gold rush days. From muddy town streets to wild-west shootouts, this is a riotous story encased in deftly woven detail.
 
An absorbing read of enduring love and courage against the odds.

Southern Gold
by Jude Thomas
Category: Historical fiction
ISBN: 9780473365554
Publisher: Silvereye Press
Publication Date: February 2017
Pages: 301
Trim: 152x229
RRP: $NZ32
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Website: www.judethomasauthor.co.nz (under development)