The Parihaka Woman by Witi Ihimaera.
Deftly interweaving past and present, fact and fiction, this is a romantic adventure story set in an historical context. It details the life of a strong female character, Erenora, finding her way in the turbulent times of the 1870's and 1880's.
It is the story of hardship and strength, ingenuity and courage. It is a compelling read with its dual narration and its Maori language content couched in the Taranaki dialect.