In preparation for our duscussion on Thursday April 11 of The Wives of Henry Oades by Johanna Moran here are a few links with interesting information.
This is the Author’s home page where she explains where the idea of writing the book came to be:
According to the publisher’s blurb the book is based on a real life trial that took place in California in the late 1800s. I was not able to find much about the actual trial only this article in the New Zealand Harold which argues the real life trial did not take place:
Finally, here is a link to a Wikipedia article on the Maori tribes of New Zeland for a bit of background on that aspect of the book: