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{Download Epub} ⚥ Manuka Fire Ë Megan was looking forward to a new life as a teacher in the lovely and peaceful surroundings of O Kains Bay in New Zealand, far away from the troubles that had beset her recently Soon she began to find peace of mind again, helped by the warm welcome and friendliness of the people in the little community All except one the arrogant Ritchie Stafford He just seemed to rub her up the wrong way every time they met He was difficult and domineering even to the extent of questioning her friendship, and it was nothing than that, with Steve, who had done so much to help Megan in her greatest trouble Why couldn t Ritchie mind his own business and concentrate on his girl friend, the lovely Lori Wentworth This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The original publisher s date is 1974 and it shows with the characters fascination with hippies and the younger characters saying such thing as dig it But the themes are as old as time The heroine is a shy school teacher who is brutally rejected by her mother after her younger sister dies When she ran out into the night after being emotionally abused by her mother, she meets her savior, a long haired artist who sees her inner beauty and helps her find her equilibrium The story opens with The original publisher s date is 1974 and it shows with the characters fascination with hippies and the younger characters saying such thing as dig it But the themes are as old as time The heroine is a shy school teacher who is brutally rejected by her mother after her younger sister dies When she ran out into the night after being emotionally abused by her mother, she meets her savior, a long haired artist who sees her inner beauty and helps her find her equilibrium The story opens with the heroine is riding the artist s motorcycle to a new teaching assignment on the South Island of New Zealand When she sees the school building, she hops the fence to look inside one of the broken windows The hero finds her lurking about and hauls her back over the fence Seems some local bikies busted all the windows and he thinks this one is back to survey the damage The heroine takes off her helmet and the hero has a good laugh on himself The heroine does not She is offended and shy and doesn t like his free and breezy manner Unfortunately, she ll be seeing a lot of him because she is boarding with his sister and family a magical NZ farm where shyness is forgotten amidst the beauty of nature That s really about it for the story There s lots I mean lots of NZ history, geology, flora and fauna The hero takes her to the ballet in Christchurch There are trips to church and the beach There is a tennis match with a potential OW who barely speaks The long haired artist returns and tells the heroine his backstory She urges him to reconcile with his family in Canada and he does by phone The hero is jealous of the long hair and thinks that heroine is harboring hidden feelings for him.This is the big misunderstanding that propels the last third of the story All is well when long hair, cuts his hair and returns from Canada to NZ with his parents and his new wife Hero proposes HEA The heroine never makes up with her parents and her shyness mysteriously evaporates While the descriptions of NZ are interesting the romance felt phoned in It s okay but nothingYou dig what I m saying This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Sad story of a martyred little New Zealand waif who is rejected by her own flesh and blood so she finds herself a wonderful makeshift family of friends in a northern N.Z outpost, where she is the new teacher at the local school The town she has moved into and the schoolhouse where she works have a Little House on the Prairie feel to it.There was a wonderful OM whose relationship with the heroine really feltthan platonic and I wasn t sure if I liked the herothan him He helped the h Sad story of a martyred little New Zealand waif who is rejected by her own flesh and blood so she finds herself a wonderful makeshift family of friends in a northern N.Z outpost, where she is the new teacher at the local school The town she has moved into and the schoolhouse where she works have a Little House on the Prairie feel to it.There was a wonderful OM whose relationship with the heroine really feltthan platonic and I wasn t sure if I liked the herothan him He helped the heroine during a very dark time and supported her so wonderfully, like an amazing life coach The heroine loved him though she professes it was just as her best friend but I felt there wasto it than that, though neither ever crossed the line.The hero and heroine met real cute He thought she was a member of the biker gang that had ridden through town a few weeks earlier and had trashed the schoolhouse, because she rode in on her motorcycle, her face and slim boyish body hidden by unisex clothing and a helmet, and she had climbed up a ladder to peek inside her future workspace So he hauled her down the ladder, yanked her by the scruff of her shirt and kicked her in the posterior out the gate like a Tom and Jerry cartoon The rest of the time, he was obviously besotted with her and did all the running, only to be met by repetitive rebuffs by the heroine because her low self esteem coupled with a misunderstood conversation she overheard convinced her that he was just asking her out from pity.There is a lot of travelogue about N.Z particularly the Maori nation and the early European settlers It is obvious the author loves her subject.It was a nice enough story but like I said, I felt the OM was ainteresting character than the hero and I hadof a romantic feeling between those two than with the hero And though the heroine is left at the conclusion happy with her newfound family, I wished that her psychotic mother had gotten some comeuppance for the years of emotional abuse she heaped on her daughter Plus, I felt real iffy that the heroine was saddled with a mother in law who seemed to be made from the same mould as Mommy Dearest You d have to be made of stone not to feel sorry for this heroine at the outset Her life is absolutely destroyed first by a tragic event, and then by her family s response to it She sets out to make a new life and slowly gains confidence in herself She has a best friend, the OM, who is another lost soul but one who is confident in the areas she is not, and together they help each other improve their lives The H is probably of moderate intelligence, but a nice guy whose interest in the h i You d have to be made of stone not to feel sorry for this heroine at the outset Her life is absolutely destroyed first by a tragic event, and then by her family s response to it She sets out to make a new life and slowly gains confidence in herself She has a best friend, the OM, who is another lost soul but one who is confident in the areas she is not, and together they help each other improve their lives The H is probably of moderate intelligence, but a nice guy whose interest in the h is quite evident to everyone other than the h He could have helped himself along if he had simply acknowledged he had no interest in the so called OW, but he ignored each mention the h made.Interestingly enough,the loose ends here relate to the h s family, not due to unexplained incidents with the OW