Laura Holland is coping (just) with her life bringing up two
teenagers and her almost seven-year-old autistic daughter, Estella.
Living on a small farm raising chooks and sheep, and the family’s
vegetables, Laura’s role is defined as the homemaker by her daughter’s
disability. Her husband Richard, however, is a busy school principal
whose involvement in the farm is spasmodic, at best. Then the
Hollands meet the Langleys, a family with a very different way
of coping with their disabled daughter. At first Laura and Anna
find support and new possibilities in their growing love for each
other. But all is not well in the Langley household, and as Laura
is drawn in, further and further, the stage is set for a dramatic
Set in the early 70s in Canterbury, New Zealand, the novel uncovers
how beliefs about caring for children with an intellectual disability
can trap women in the caring role.
Contains sexual scenes.
Family Ties and Rainbow Bonds
- A Coming of Age Story
Georgie has always adored her father Poppie, but as she grows
and discovers her real self she has to question his autocratic
ways within the large family he has raised. Coming Out in the
early 1980s in Christchurch New Zealand, she discovers a new kind
Of course no family is without its 'bad eggs' and Georgie experiences
the worst kinds of homophobia as she struggles to cope with a
family tragedy. She finally seeks solace in political activity
in support of Homosexual Law Reform. Be prepared for some surprises!
A Pearl Amongst Swine - A Lesbian
The second in a trilogy of books, based on Book 1: More than
I Could Bear, this story is about Pearl, the secret lover
As a child Pearl has faced the worst kind of punishments in her
religious family who monitor her 'deviant' ways with precision
and a strong rod. When they see her befriend Anna, a high society
debutante they hope things will improve - but not for long.
Eventually Pearl seeks solace in religion as a novitiate nun,
but her natural urges cannot be suppressed even here. Expelled
in disgrace she wanders from job to job until she receives a call
from her former lover, Anna, now in rehab for alcoholism. Life
is rosy again, until Pearl's relationship with Anna starts to
sour. Pearl realises she must now use her own resources to carve
a life that will satisfy her and her alone.
Heather's Published Fiction
The Marigold Brightbutton series of five books cover Marigold's birth
to her school days.
Marigold, like her father, is destined to get into trouble. She just
can't leave things alone. From fireworks to white mice, Marigold's inquisitiveness
about life is insatiable. Great books, under $5, perfect for reading
aloud to school-age children.
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