London 1874 - When his friend William Hennessey turns up on his doorstep at midnight needing somewhere to hide, John Willis doesn’t realise how much his life will change.
A few days later, he and William are boarding an immigrant ship bound for New Zealand. When John and William board The Remittance, they discover William’s father has booked them into steerage and instead of the allowance he is expecting William only has three hundred pounds to live on. John has even less money. William decides his father has arranged things this way as some sort of test, or punishment and he’ll obey him and go to New Zealand.
John isn’t sure about his decision to accompany William, until he sees Daisy Hammond on the deck of The Remittance and sets about winning her heart.
And William meets Charlotte who is going to NZ to start a high-class brothel and is travelling with all the girls who will work for her.
Both William and John have trouble adjusting to life in steerage, its hard and uncomfortable, but they find ways to make it easier.
They become friends with Courtney Samuels who is travelling home to New Zealand. Courtney tells them goldfields are about to open near where he lives, and they should come with him and join the goldrush.
John and William decide they’ll stick with Courtney and try goldmining. But much to William’s disgust, John has found truelove and decides to marry Daisy. Daisy has a good reason to marry him. The life that awaits her in New Zealand fills her with fear.
The two friends fall out over Daisy because William accuses her of being one of Charlotte’s girls. Daisy denies it and Charlotte says, no she isn’t, but she’d give her a job if she wanted one.
As well as that, the trouble they thought they’d left in England has followed them.
The Remittance is the stunning first book in the Hennessey series. A gripping, action packed romance set in the days of sailing ships and high adventure. If you like unforgettable heroes, breath-taking love stories, and vibrant details, you’ll love this book.
Lovely. Romantic. Exciting.