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When 18-year-old Kitty Carlisle's father dies unexpectedly in Norfolk in 1838, Kitty and her mother are left impoverished. After Kitty is discovered in a compromising position with an unscrupulous adventurer, her reputation is left in shreds. In desperation, her mother banishes Kitty to the colonies in disgrace, under the guardianship of her dour missionary uncle and his l When 18-year-old Kitty Carlisle's father dies unexpectedly in Norfolk in 1838, Kitty and her mother are left impoverished. After Kitty is discovered in a compromising position with an unscrupulous adventurer, her reputation is left in shreds. In desperation, her mother banishes Kitty to the colonies in disgrace, under the guardianship of her dour missionary uncle and his long-suffering wife. Against the backdrop of the wild and unruly Bay of Islands in the period leading up to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, Kitty meets and falls in love with Ryan Farrell, a rude, aloof and atheistic ships captain. When she discovers he is also a gun runner, her loyalties are torn and her tempestuous nature leads to an estrangement. The path to true love is tortuous, involving rampaging Maori war parties, illicit sexual liaisons and incarceration in Sydney's Hyde Park Barracks, forgery, betrayal and death at sea. A tempestuous romance and a lively adventure with a fiery and memorable heroine, Kitty is a stand-alone novel, with potential as an ongoing saga of love and adventure on the high seas in the Pacific of the 1800s, by one of our leading historical novelists.


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When 18-year-old Kitty Carlisle's father dies unexpectedly in Norfolk in 1838, Kitty and her mother are left impoverished. After Kitty is discovered in a compromising position with an unscrupulous adventurer, her reputation is left in shreds. In desperation, her mother banishes Kitty to the colonies in disgrace, under the guardianship of her dour missionary uncle and his l When 18-year-old Kitty Carlisle's father dies unexpectedly in Norfolk in 1838, Kitty and her mother are left impoverished. After Kitty is discovered in a compromising position with an unscrupulous adventurer, her reputation is left in shreds. In desperation, her mother banishes Kitty to the colonies in disgrace, under the guardianship of her dour missionary uncle and his long-suffering wife. Against the backdrop of the wild and unruly Bay of Islands in the period leading up to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, Kitty meets and falls in love with Ryan Farrell, a rude, aloof and atheistic ships captain. When she discovers he is also a gun runner, her loyalties are torn and her tempestuous nature leads to an estrangement. The path to true love is tortuous, involving rampaging Maori war parties, illicit sexual liaisons and incarceration in Sydney's Hyde Park Barracks, forgery, betrayal and death at sea. A tempestuous romance and a lively adventure with a fiery and memorable heroine, Kitty is a stand-alone novel, with potential as an ongoing saga of love and adventure on the high seas in the Pacific of the 1800s, by one of our leading historical novelists.

30 review for Kitty

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂

    I must say, I prefer the original cover to the one I picked up from my local library. The cover blurb sensationalises the story - or else maybe Challinor doesn't sensationalise it enough. I didn't quite get the wild, colonial days feeling from this book. What I did like although this will seem a funny way of praising a book is (& this isn't a spoiler as this information is on the back of the book)but don't you get sick of that tired old trope of the compromised, but innocent young girl? T I must say, I prefer the original cover to the one I picked up from my local library. The cover blurb sensationalises the story - or else maybe Challinor doesn't sensationalise it enough. I didn't quite get the wild, colonial days feeling from this book. What I did like although this will seem a funny way of praising a book is (& this isn't a spoiler as this information is on the back of the book)but don't you get sick of that tired old trope of the compromised, but innocent young girl? Through her own naivety, Kitty really is compromised and her mother sends her to the raw, new country of New Zealand with her missionary aunt & uncle to make a fresh start. But Kitty's quietly rebellious nature leads her into all sorts of scrapes and then into perilous adventures. A lot of the history feels (or I know) is very authentic - including some of Australia's. & a lot of Kitty's tale is fascinating - but not to the point of not being able to put the book down. There is sometimes a bit of tell rather than show and also some awkward phrasing. And I didn't altogether buy Kitty & Rian's romance. In fact, The Big Misunderstanding had me rolling my eyes. But there is enough there that I will seek out more of Challinor's works. 3.5★ (rounding up rather than down because Challinor is a Kiwi! Normally I no longer mind the lack of half stars but for this book I do regret it. )

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    The humiliation that had caused Kitty Carlisle’s mother to banish eighteen year old Kitty to the colonies of New Zealand with her Uncle George and Aunt Sarah, both missionaries, had deeply saddened Kitty. She grieved the sudden death of her father and knew she would miss her mother deeply, but the journey by sea to the whaling port of Kororareka was one she enjoyed immensely. She loved the feeling of the rocking of the ship, the smell of the sea and the freedom. But her arrival on the island gav The humiliation that had caused Kitty Carlisle’s mother to banish eighteen year old Kitty to the colonies of New Zealand with her Uncle George and Aunt Sarah, both missionaries, had deeply saddened Kitty. She grieved the sudden death of her father and knew she would miss her mother deeply, but the journey by sea to the whaling port of Kororareka was one she enjoyed immensely. She loved the feeling of the rocking of the ship, the smell of the sea and the freedom. But her arrival on the island gave Kitty one shock after another… Kitty liked teaching the young students near the home she had made with her aunt and uncle – comprising both natives and missionary children, their eagerness to learn was endearing. Her friendship with the two Maori girls, Wai and Amy, who came to their home to learn was enlightening to Kitty as well, and she rapidly picked up the native tongue. But there was trouble on the horizon, both with the looming treaty and the natives. Captain Rian Farrell was an enigma; rude, antagonistic and brusque, Kitty felt a measure of attraction to him, but tamped it down, feeling fortunate that he was rarely on the island as his travels kept him on the high seas more often than not. But the shocking suddenness of immediate danger had Kitty fleeing her home in fear of her life. What would happen in Kitty’s future? Was she once again alone and drifting? Kitty by New Zealand/Aussie author Deborah Challinor is the first in the Smuggler’s Wife trilogy and it was everything I’ve come to expect from this author and more! Filled with tension and suspense, the pages flew by as I devoured the story from start to finish. I’m keen to get into #2, Amber, soon. Deborah Challinor is firmly in my list of favourite authors, and I highly recommend Kitty to fans of historical fiction.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    Deborah Challinor is firmly in my favourite authors list. She has certainly contributed to historical fiction now being one of my favourite genres! I loved how she protrayed the Convict Girls series (Behind the Sun) and I love how she brings to life the early European settlement in New Zealand in this book. Set in New Zealand and Sydney, Australia, this story is rich in history, tension, suspense and the little twists along the way that I have come to know and love in this author's books. One thin Deborah Challinor is firmly in my favourite authors list. She has certainly contributed to historical fiction now being one of my favourite genres! I loved how she protrayed the Convict Girls series (Behind the Sun) and I love how she brings to life the early European settlement in New Zealand in this book. Set in New Zealand and Sydney, Australia, this story is rich in history, tension, suspense and the little twists along the way that I have come to know and love in this author's books. One thing I love about Deborah Challinor books is I am always rushing to get my hands on the next book in the series the second I finish that last book! Looking forward to Amber!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I really enjoyed this book. Probably better described as a teenage read but still loved it. Enjoyed the development of the characters and they way in, which they interact. It was delightful to suddenly discover that I was reading about the Treaty of Waitangi from the perspective of someone living in the area at the time. There were enough unknowns to keep me reading and wanting to know what else would happen. The blurb on the back can be a bit misleading. I’d definitely recommend this one.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Teao

    Book club read- really did enjoy this book, considering I judged the book by its cover.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    This was a bookclub read. For some reason, I generally don't enjoy books set in New Zealand, but this was OK. I didn't really believe the love story, and I thought it could have used a few more translations for some of the words for readers unfamiliar with Maori, but it was a quick, easy read and better than I expected.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Harrison

    Great adventureous story. Kitty is a wonderful character & I cant wait to continue reading her adventures. Gotta love a good series/ trilogy. Great adventureous story. Kitty is a wonderful character & I cant wait to continue reading her adventures. Gotta love a good series/ trilogy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jenelle

    Another exceptional read from my favourite NZ author Deborah Challinor. One of her best books yet.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kate Loveday

    I always enjoy reading a Deborah Challinor book, some more than others, and this was one of the best. Kitty is the first book in the series of The Smuggler’s wife. I have read the Convict Girls series, which I loved, and I think Kitty rates up there with that. Set in the 1840’s in New Zealand and Sydney it brings to life the early European settlement in New Zealand, and looks at the missionary families and also the Maori tribes at the time of the signing of the Waitangi treaty. It is rich in his I always enjoy reading a Deborah Challinor book, some more than others, and this was one of the best. Kitty is the first book in the series of The Smuggler’s wife. I have read the Convict Girls series, which I loved, and I think Kitty rates up there with that. Set in the 1840’s in New Zealand and Sydney it brings to life the early European settlement in New Zealand, and looks at the missionary families and also the Maori tribes at the time of the signing of the Waitangi treaty. It is rich in history as well as being a story of adventure and romance. When Kitty Carlisle commits an ‘indiscretion’ that tarnishes her reputation she is sent from England to New Zealand by her widowed, and impoverished, mother, in company with her uncle and aunt, who are missionaries. What follows is not quite what her mother envisaged, but it makes for great reading, with an interesting cast of characters, including include the dashing Rian Farrell, captain of the schooner Katipo, and his engaging crew, as well as Wai, a Maori girl who becomes Kitty’s friend, and Huanui, Wai’s uncle. If you like history, romance and adventure with plenty of drama and tension, you will enjoy this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laureen

    3.5 stars. This was interesting in that it is the 1st historical novel I have read about New Zealand’s settlers and natives. I must read more on this topic. It is easy to see why Christian evangelical Priests were so “on the nose”. No doubt there were good ones amongst the bad but there was something in their mission that spoke of superiority when they should have been humble and willing to learn from their experiences with new cultures. Australia was a penal colony and our natives got treated b 3.5 stars. This was interesting in that it is the 1st historical novel I have read about New Zealand’s settlers and natives. I must read more on this topic. It is easy to see why Christian evangelical Priests were so “on the nose”. No doubt there were good ones amongst the bad but there was something in their mission that spoke of superiority when they should have been humble and willing to learn from their experiences with new cultures. Australia was a penal colony and our natives got treated badly but I think, on the whole, because of our hardships at the hands of “superiors”, we learnt to stand up for ourselves and learn how to communicate with lots of strange people. It was a do or die situation. It was different for the New Zealanders.

  11. 5 out of 5

    S.E. Morgan

    I'd call this romantic fiction with a historical setting. The background was good but really it was a cliche about a girl falling in love with a strong silent type. It was really written from a modern perspective, I just didn't believe her attitudes as a supposedly aspiring middle-class early victorian miss would change as quickly as they did. It was fine as a holiday read on to pass an airplane flight, and did give me some insights into missionary fervour in the earl 1840s.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Nicholson

    I enjoyed listening to this audio book. The author created a solid setting in NZ and Sydney for the time period. The romance aspect was a tad weak, but still enjoyable, and the characters (including the cat!) were well crafted. I was sad one of the seemingly key characters died though! I look forward to book 2 in the series as it was an abrupt ending that left me wanting more. Which I suppose would be the author’s plan, right?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Janine

    A really interesting read about missionaries in New Zealand. Looking forward to reading the next in the series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Gray

    easy reading and interesting time in NZ history.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jelena

    One of the best reads ever!! And so good to find out there are writers like D. Challinor in New Zealand. The historical aspect, the writing and characters were all amazing.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sherilyn

    I enjoyed this up to the rather rushed ending. The way NZ history was worked into the story was well done.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Curtis

    Well written and a good window to an interesting time period. The book was great I am just not into romance fiction that much...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kate Barker

    Hard to tell if this is historical fiction disguised as trashy romance or trashy romance disguised as historical fiction. A good holiday read, the NZ setting is original.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jo :: The Country Book Nerd

    I loved this book! I couldn’t wait to start the next one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Darlene Gartside

    After almost a year I finally finished this book. There was a few times it got a bit long winded, but it got going right at the moment of history that New Zealander's have been taught about.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Toni Greenwood

    Another good book by Deborah.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Good light read Enjoyed this healthy alternative to NZ history told in NZ schools. A story told through the eyes of decent, honest people- on both sides

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dannie

    The narrator was awful and this was a real shame as Deborah Challinor is one of my favourite authors. DNF

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    Feeling generous because it's largely set in NZ, and a little in Australia. Romance fiction with a historical setting. Was a little predictable.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Grecia Ramirez

    Read a little like a romance book rather than a historical fiction book in some parts, but was still a very enjoyable read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I can't believe it! I've found this story still continuing with other characters. I love it!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    3.5 stars. A light, enjoyable read set in NZ around the time of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    This book starts out with Kitty a young girl, who is forced to leave England and live in New Zealand with her aunt and missionary uncle. The sentences and chapters end abruptly and the book did not have a nice flow. There were other elements I did not like but if you decide to read this book, I’d spoil the rotten plot. Needless to say, I was disappointed in this novel.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kate M

    A light easy read. Nothing too much too it really.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Justine

    Such a sad book. Loosely based on history of Missionaries & the colinisation of New Zealand. Raw, emotive, with a little twist of intrigue of "what could possibly go wrong next ??? and yes more could go wrong . . If you want a truthful look at early European settlers of New Zealand & the intergration challenges for all races here at the time in the upper north at least, this is a very good book to start with. Such a sad book. Loosely based on history of Missionaries & the colinisation of New Zealand. Raw, emotive, with a little twist of intrigue of "what could possibly go wrong next ??? and yes more could go wrong . . If you want a truthful look at early European settlers of New Zealand & the intergration challenges for all races here at the time in the upper north at least, this is a very good book to start with.

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