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Soon after returning to her hometown in Northland, New Zealand to work as a journalist, Rae meets Rex Roadley through a rural dating service. Rex’s beef and sheep farm at Batley, on the Kaipara Harbour, has been in his family for almost a century, however these days the only evidence of the spot's fascinating historic past is a magnificent two-storeyed villa standing alone on the point.
As Rex and Rae’s relationship deepens, they set about making a home together and Rae is drawn into every aspect of life on a 400ha farm and in a small rural town. We also see evocative images of a by-gone era: there is strife between Ngapuhi and Ngati Whatua; settlers arrive; Batley becomes a port and centre of industry; oyster spat catching begins.
This candid, courageous and humorous story explores universal themes. Rae writes unflinchingly, but with a light touch, about what she gives up, and gains, in her new life with Rex, and just what it means to find ‘love at the end of the road’.
Rae Roadley is a qualified journalist, freelance writer and newspaper columnist whose wryly amusing tales of rural life earned many followers and led her to delve into the history of her home and community. A writer for many years, she is a past recipient of an NZSA mentorship, and a writing tutor. This is her first book.