New Zealand, 1893: William Martyn is better educated and more sophisticated than the usual clientele who have come in search of gold to Queenstown. No wonder, because Will is the son of Irish land-owner. The spirited Elaine falls in love with him, and he does not seem averse to the prospect, but then comes the Kura-Maro-Tini to visit Elaine's half-Māori cousin, whose exotic nature and beauty makes William fall immediately in love. "Elaine O'Keefe is the radiant grand-daughter of Gwyneira McKenzie, who made her way to New Zealand to take a wealthy sheep baron's hand in marriage. Elaine inherited not only her grandmother's red hair but also her feisty spirit, big heart, and love of the land. When William Martyn, a handsome young Irishman of questionable integrity, walks into her life, she succumbs rapidly to his charms. Only to have her heart broken when her sensual half-Maori cousin Kura Warden arrives for a visit and draws William away. Though both young women must endure hardships and disappointments as they learn to live with the choices they make, each of them also discovers an inner resilience -- and eventually finds love and happiness in new, unexpected places. Tested by the harsh realities of colonial life, both girls mature into spirited young women with a greater understanding of the challenges -- and joys -- of love, friendship, and family."-http://www.amazon.com.