Turbulent Threads

Karen McMillan



Spanning the last decade of the 19th century, this page-turning saga explores the healing power of friendship while celebrating the pivotal role women played in one of New Zealand’s most turbulent eras.

Dunedin, 1890: Suddenly orphaned at the tender age of twenty, Greer Gillies is reduced to working as a humble servant at Larnach Castle, a far cry from the dreams she held before. As she struggles with the stark reality of grief, she finds her journey has only just begun as the decade proves transformative for women’s progress.

As she grapples with affairs of the heart, betrayal, the threat of lost love and social upheavals, Greer’s resilience shines through. She becomes a symbol of courage, daring to pursue her dreams, follow her heart and find her place in a world that promises a better future.

About the Author

Karen McMillan is the author of 22 books, published in ten countries. She has written bestselling fiction, including The Paris of the East, The Paris of the West, and Brushstrokes of Memory. Her non-fiction titles include Love in Aotearoa, which was shortlisted for the Ashton Wylie Award, Unbreakable Spirit, and Everyday Strength, which represented NZ at the Gourmand World Awards. She is also the author of the popular Elastic Island Adventures books for children, which have been optioned for the screen.

Karen is a regular speaker at festivals and events. She was the resident book reviewer on The Café, TV3, for two years, and is a regular reviewer on radio and in print. An enthusiastic supporter of Aotearoa writers, she instigated the annual NZ Booklovers Awards.

Karen lives on the Hibiscus Coast with her husband.

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ISBN: 978-1-99-110333-8

Pages: 288

Dimensions: 229mm x 152mm

Author: Karen McMillan

Published: March 2024

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Turbulent Threads is an engrossing read about love, loss, resilience and, above all, trusting your instincts. Karen McMillan skilfully draws readers into a world that’ll have you rooting for the protagonists the whole way through.”Kelly Dennett, Sunday Star Times

Turbulent Threads is more than just a brilliant depiction of one woman’s journey through loss and love – it is a transportive tale that allows a glimpse into one of the most pivotal eras for the women of New Zealand. A wonderful addition to the bookshelf.” Nick Davies, author of El Flamingo

Karen McMillan’s enchanting new novel, Turbulent Threads, draws the reader into the rich, colourful and varied textures of the social and cultural layers of late-nineteenth-century Dunedin.”Paddy Richardson, author of By the Green of the Spring


‘Enchanting.’ – NZ Herald

‘Authentic.’ – NZME newspapers

‘A delightful read with fascinating characters’ – Words from the Bubble

‘I just can’t recommend this book enough’ – Terry Toner, Dusty Shelves

‘The way author Karen McMillan weaves story into history is a masterclass’ – author Caroline Cook

‘A wonderful sense of nostalgia and connectivity.’ – Motorhomes, Caravans and Destinations Magazine

‘Fascinating.’ – Flaxflower

‘Powerful, enchanting, and thoroughly enjoyable.’ – NZ Booklovers

‘Something for everyone; history buffs, romantics and those who want to know why we should be proud to be Kiwis.’ – Radio Rhema

‘Rich, colourful and varied textures of the social and cultural layers of the late nineteenth century.’ – author Paddy Richardson

‘Absorbing.’ – author Jenny Lynch (Former editor of the NZ Woman’s Weekly)

‘A transportive tale.’ – author Nick Davies

‘Historical fiction at its best.’ – author Trish McCormack

‘An enchanting story.’ – author Jodie Shelley