Life was extremely tough for isolated settlers trying to survive in the kauri forests of the Far North.
This is where Joanna Orwin has set her latest novel, Shifting Currents, bringing together two women whose lives and that of their children become entangled.
Lydia has married a successful but stern businessman. The ambitious Eliza Noakes has survived a shipwreck to wash up in the same place.
They know each other - more precisely, Eliza knows Lydia's closely guarded secret that she must keep from her new husband at all costs.
Lynn Freeman talks with Joanna Orwin about her self-published Shifting Currents: