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The Pounamu Prophecy

The Pounamu Prophecy

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Since she watched her village burn to the ground, Mere's life has been anything but dull. Now as an older woman she has come to stay with Helene and James to finish writing her life story - a tale of injustice, revenge and reconciliation.

But Helene and James have their own problems. After five years together, their marriage has become dull, predictable, boring ... and it starts to unravel.

Weaving fiction with the traumatic history of the Ngati Whatua tribe of Auckland, The Pounamu Prophecy sweeps from the sultry heat of Australia to the verdant shores of New Zealand.

About "The Pounamu Prophecy"

Since she watched her village burn to the ground, Mere's life has been anything but dull. Now as an older woman she has come to stay with Helene and James to finish writing her life story - a tale of injustice, revenge and reconciliation.

But Helene and James have their own problems. After five years together, their marriage has become dull, predictable, boring ... and it starts to unravel.

Weaving fiction with the traumatic history of the Ngati Whatua tribe of Auckland, The Pounamu Prophecy sweeps from the sultry heat of Australia to the verdant shores of New Zealand.
- Koorong

Since she watched her village burn to the ground, Mere's life has been anything but dull. Now as an older woman she has come to stay with Helene and James to finish writing her life story - a tale of injustice, revenge and reconciliation. But Helene and James have their own problems. After five years together, their marriage has become dull, predictable, boring ... and it starts to unravel. Weaving fiction with the traumatic history of the Ngati Whatua tribe of Auckland, The Pounamu Prophecy sweeps from the sultry heat of Australia to the verdant shores of New Zealand.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Cindy Williams

Cindy Williams trained as a dietitian, completed a Master of Public Health and a Graduate Diploma in Communication and spent many years encouraging and inspiring people to live a healthy life.

She writes a nutrition blog www.nutritionchic.com and is working on another novel. She swims, cycles and teaches scripture in schools.

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An excellent, challenging read
5 stars By Jo-Anne Berthelsen, Oct 25 2016
I found this debut novel by Cindy Williams, a New Zealand author now residing in Australia, to be a most enjoyable read. I immediately loved the character of Mere, as I read of the traumas she and her people experienced as Maoris in the middle of last century in particular, but also as she impacted the lives of Helene and James, the other main characters in the novel, in the present day. I am in awe of the author for her ability to weave both the story of the Ngati Whatua tribe and also the story of Helene and James and their troubled marriage relationship together in such a seamless way that speaks of much care and hard work in the creation of this novel. All up, an impressive, believable story with a powerful message of love and forgiveness that needs to be heard.
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Excellent AustralianNZ novel
5 stars By Iola, Mar 07 2016
The Pounamu Prophecy is a split timeline story. In the present, it's the story of Brisbane couple James and Helene, their disintegrating marriage, Mere, their visitor from New Zealand visitor, and the way Mere subtly encourages them to think with a different mindset. In the past, it's Mere's story, the story of a Ngati Whatua child growing up in Okahu Bay, Auckland, in the midst of the Maori land protests, and her reactions to the age-old grievances.

I enjoyed the combination of familiarity and new information, and I thought The Pounamu Prophecy was an outstanding novel. I liked the characters (well, I liked Mere better than Helene or James, who both needed a good talking to). I liked the way the two stories were integrated.

I especially liked the sensitive way the novel brings out the Maori culture and the injustices of the time-a combination of greed and perhaps patriarchal thinking. The injustice is plain: it seems the New Zealand Government of the time had a lot in common with the biblical Laban. Overall, The Pounamu Prophecy is an excellent story of rising above difficult situations, and learning to forgive what some might think can't be forgiven. Recommended.
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  • Catalogue Code 437610
  • Product Code 9781925139457
  • ISBN 192513945X
  • EAN 9781925139457
  • Pages 208
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Rhiza Press
  • Publication Date Oct 2015
  • Sales Rank #88217
  • Dimensions 12 x 133 x 203 mm
  • Weight 0.214kg