Breaking News: Waireka is back

Yes, back in kindle form with a new enhanced cover for just £1.99, less than the price of a cup of tea or coffee. This new improved version of my book about New Zealand, is based on the story of my Great Uncle who travelled to New Zealand in 1850. I have told the story from the viewpoint of Scottish nursemaid, Eliza, employed to look after the Reverend Reid and his wife’s children. With the sea crossing in a sail boat being difficult and precarious and taking up to 6 months to complete, Eliza has to say ‘goodbye’ to her family for ever in order to make the trip from the Scottish port of Greenock.

Experiencing a difficult sea crossing that takes four and a half months Eliza encounters stormy seas and scant supplies before she eventually arrives in the new strange land, miles from home.

Waireka takes you on a journey through marriage, childbirth and forbidden love set against the hard pioneering background, as Eliza and her husband Alister, struggle to set up and run a successful dairy farm.

Eliza has been called ‘plucky’ by romance writer, Fiona Harper, and ‘gutsy’ by author, Clare Blake, but you need to read the book to make up your own mind.

Of course, if you prefer the feel of a book in your hands with crisp, fresh pages to turn, you can always get a copy through me. Just visit my website at or email me at

About journojohnson

I qualified as a journalist in 2002 and after a period working as a freelance for Gloucester Media writing advertorials, interviews, articles and press releases I have gone on to write for lots of magazines and newspapers, both local and national. I write regularly for the Writers and Readers magazine but have also written for CPO's Inspire, the New Writer, Classic Ford, and Take a Break's My Favourite Recipes among many others. I published my first full-length historical novel. Waireka in 2018 and my romantic novella, Alpha Male in 2016. Both can be found on Amazon. Please follow the links on my book page.
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