From the Publisher
At the age of fifteen Helen falls in love with Hugh, who was born on a tropical island in the South Pacific. Their romance blossoms and despite multi racial complications and difficulties they marry in 1961.
There is turmoil and drama as the family is caught up in the politics of the day.
There is deep despair when Helen loses the ‘love of her life’.
There is also excitement when she meets her birth mother and new family.
And then a chance encounter escalates into a journey with Johno, which will encompass two lifetimes.
Helen finds constant solace in the frequent appearances of ‘The Kotuku’ the beautiful bird she loved as a child and which she now recognizes as a symbol of enduring comfort.
Helen’s memoir is rich in her descriptions of friendship, harmony and love.