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used second-hand book, good condition, laminated cover, ex library, New Zealand

Laurel is bought up in a world of privilege, in Wellington by her New Zealand European father, Colin. She is then forced to spend a summer in the sticks, with Doctor Ana Kingi, her mother who abandoned her as a baby. As Laurel is drawn into the fabric of the small town she meets Romeo, a boy taken off the streets of South Auckland by his Uncle, Robert McGregor, who is Ana's childhood friend. Laurel also comes up against Mauki, a tough misunderstood local girl carrying a burden almost impossible to bear. Together, Laurel and Ana discover how alike they really are. They unravel the past that kept them apart, and they uncover a seething pool of secrets, some, with the power to tear families apart. Heart of the Tapu Stone is a story about connections, not just blood and family. A classic 'fish out of water' tale, where city, country, maori and pakeha all meet.
About the Author:

Olivia Aroha Giles is a contemporary artist and writer of Kahungunu, Raukawa, Te Ati Awa and Te Whanau a Apanui and Scottish descent, living in Porirua. She has a Bachelor of Applied Visual Arts & Design, and wrote her novels 'Heart of the Tapu Stone' and 'Til We Kissed' while studying a Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing at Whitireia NZ.
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