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The captive wife / Fiona Kidman.

By: Kidman, Fiona, 1940-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Vintage, 2005Description: 367 pages : 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1869416864 (pbk.).Subject(s): Guard, Elizabeth, 1814-1870 Fiction | Guard family -- Fiction | Montana New Zealand Book Awards winners | Kidnapping -- New Zealand -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction | Whalers (Persons) -- New Zealand -- Fiction | New Zealand fiction | New Zealand fiction -- 21st century | Maori (New Zealand people) -- First contact with Europeans -- Fiction | Kidnapping victims -- Fiction | Kidnapping -- New Zealand -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction | Award winners | New Zealand -- History -- To 1840 -- Fiction | New Zealand -- History -- 1692-1840 -- Fiction | New Zealand -- Fiction | Nelson-Marlborough (N.Z.) -- Fiction | New Zealand -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction | New Zealand -- Fiction -- 21st centuryGenre/Form: Romance fiction. | Historical fiction. | New Zealand fiction -- 21st century. | New Zealand fiction.DDC classification: Free Fiction Awards: Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2006 Fiction Runner-Up. | Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2006 Reader's Choice Award Winner. | Montana New Zealand Book Awards, 2006: 1) Fiction -- Runner up. (1 of 2 runners up.) 2) Readers' Choice Award -- Joint winner.
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Based on real events, this prize-winning novel is the compelling story of a marriage, of love and duty, and the quest for freedom in a pioneering age.

When Betty Guard steps ashore in Sydney, in 1834, she meets with a heroine's welcome. Her survival during a four-month kidnapping ordeal amongst Taranaki Maori is hailed as nothing short of a miracle. But questions about what really happened slowly surface within the elite governing circles of the raw new town of Sydney. Jacky Guard, ex-convict turned whaler, had taken Betty as his wife to his New Zealand whaling station when she was fourteen.

After several years and two children, the family is returning from a visit to Sydney when their barque is wrecked near Mount Taranaki. A battle with local Maori follows, and Betty and her children are captured. Her husband goes to seek a ransom, but instead England engages in its first armed conflict with New Zealand Maori when he is persuaded to return with two naval ships. After her violent rescue, Betty's life amongst the tribe comes under intense scrutiny.

Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2006 Fiction Runner-Up.

Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2006 Reader's Choice Award Winner.

Montana New Zealand Book Awards, 2006: 1) Fiction -- Runner up. (1 of 2 runners up.) 2) Readers' Choice Award -- Joint winner.

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