There is a lot of heartache with some deaths which touch everyone. The author also interjects humor to lighten the story at the appropriate time. Nat’s comment about Aladdin’s carpet comes to mind! Personally, I enjoyed reading about the flora and fauna native to New Zealand as it came to life for me. And, the addition of Neil and his “bird” were priceless! Thank goodness for Nana’s premonitions so many years ago which enabled this one family to prepare for the situation.
The characters are well defined, the plot is well written and the ending is perfect.
Most highly recommended.