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Summary

I'm an adventurer, not a girl-dad.

When you grow up with a single mom and quadruplet baby sisters, you find out two things. You can change two diapers at once, and you don't want to. Anyway, my job was finding gold. And however much I liked New Zealand, it had already been explored.

Now, rescuing a woman dressed in a nightdress at a costume ball? That worked for me. And holding her up against the wall, to shield her from the cops, was pure enjoyment.

Driving with her to a barbecue, a fruit salad in my lap, and her twins - her girl twins - in the back seat? Out of my comfort zone.

And that was before she started asking me for dating lessons, and wondering how to explain that she couldn’t have sex before marriage.

I had it under control, though. I was coping. Until those four sisters of mine decided to go looking for their sperm donor.

©2022 Rosalind James (P)2022 Rosalind James

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Great summer listen

This isn’t a just another straight forward HEA. It’s thoughtful, engaging story with beautifully complex characters . I loved following Laila realise her strength and power with the parallel of Lachlan discovering that being vulnerable is ok and he is fully capable of love and peacefulness. Rosalind has a special gift of writing children that are fully fleshed out characters not just fillers.There are some emotional chapters that bring you right into the characters world. This book is so worth the failing into the the audiobook and story

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own

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  • JigsawGirl
  • 05-04-22

The Audio Version Was Even Better

****Audiobook 04/04/22*****

I enjoyed the ebook, but I have to say that I enjoyed the audiobook even more. The accents, the emotion, and getting to hear the NZ words pronounced correctly.

Emma Wilder and Tom Jason brought the characters of Laila and Lachlan to life, as well as the other characters in the book. The feels were more intense, the girls were more heartwarming, everything was just "more".

I have often listened to an audiobook after reading the book and wished that I hadn't. These narrators have done such justice to the book that you can not go wrong with whichever version you choose. I am very appreciative tat I got to listen to the audiobook.

"I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.”

******E-book version******

In Kiwi Gold, Rosalind James took me on a journey with varying levels of intensity.

From the beginning when Lachlan and Laila were introduced, knowing they were going to end up meeting and developing a relationship gave me no clues to the paths they were going to take.

I wasn't sure how I felt about Laila at the beginning. Not because I disliked her, but because I couldn't see how she was going to be in a relationship with Lachlan or anyone else. Lachlan seemed so dead set on following his own path, I couldn't see him fitting Mako's or her two girls into his life.

But, this writer did it again. These two individuals had a metamorphosis into a couple, and subsequently a family. It happened so gradually with a few bumps, a few twists and turns, some disapproval, family drama, and a bit of push back.

I loved the hesitation, the patience, the insecurities, the uncertainty, the strength, the faith, the romance, and ultimately the love and sensuality of this story.

The girls were entertaining. The sisters and parents were often irritating. The dialogue was witty, humorous, flirtatious, and sometimes difficult. I was fully engaged in this book from the first to the last page, once again ending with that deep sigh of satisfaction. Just one woman's opinion, lol.

I voluntarily read and reviewed the Advanced Reader Copy of this book.

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  • J. Marie
  • 04-04-22

Kiwi Gold –Time to listen to another Kiwi adventue

This is the wonderful story of Lachlan Hughes, an exploration geologist, and Laila Drake, newborn baby photographer.
Laila is a widowed mom of twin girls. Lachlan is older brother of quadruplet sisters. She loves children, he isn’t ready for children in his life.

Turns out Lachlan is also a new neighbor of Laila. Their lives are entwined in many other ways, through friends and family. Laila decides that Lachlan is the perfect man to give her dating lessons. She was brought up traditionally Muslim, had been married at 18 and now wants to learn how to negotiate through modern New Zealand dating rules. It also turns out that Laila’s father is also an exploration geologist who doesn’t like Lachlan. So begins their adventure.

As with all of Rosalind James’ books this one is a joy to read. Just when you think their road to happiness might happen, another snag comes up. For those who have read the rest of the New Zealand Ever After series, you’ll love the inclusion of so many favorites from past books.

The narration of Emma Wilder and Tom Janson brings Rosalind’s book to life in an amazing way. If you loved reading this book, you will love listening to it even more.

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

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  • Annie V
  • 01-04-22

An Entertaining and Heartwarming New Zealand Roman

Another wonderful unique New Zealand romance from Rosalind James! I initially became a fan of Rosalind James because I loved her sports romance series, often set in New Zealand. Rosalind has a knack for writing fascinating characters with varied backgrounds, so every story is one of a kind. The New Zealand Ever After series has included a variety of great characters with their stories of finding a wonderful life partner.

Kiwi Gold is no exception, with Laila, a widow who had been raised traditionally Muslim, trying to make an independent life for herself and her two young daughters; and Lachlan, an independent geologist who was raised in a non-traditional household. Laila and Lachlan are a study in contrasts, but are drawn to each other from their first meeting. Their relationship story is heavily influenced by the families they were raised in, which add conflict and humor to their budding romance.

A major treat in Kiwi Gold is to spend time with favorite characters from the previous New Zealand Ever After books, especially with Poppy, who is a close friend to Laila.

The Kiwi Gold audiobook was a great listen. Emma Wilder and Tom Janson did an excellent job bringing the story to life - from the friendly banter among friends, to the strained and tense situations to the sweet and steamy romantic interludes.

I highly recommend the Kiwi Gold ebook, and the audibook.

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  • Michigan Reader
  • 19-04-22

Fun story with romance

I enjoyed the audio version of this book more than I did when reading it - the accents make a huge difference, especially because there are two narrators.

Layla is a wonderful character at the same time she is difficult. She has been going through a 20 year rebellion against her religion, it seems, and she really goes all out in the story. She is a widow with two daughters who have distinct personalities that create a lot of the humor that is laced throughout. Lachlan has been avoiding romantic commitment his whole life due to a surfeit of sisters. Both Layla and Lachlan have to confront a surprising past that links them in a strange way and find a way to evolve together in ways that work for both of them. They are very different people, but somehow they fit together so well.

I got such a flavor of New Zealand with this audio book - the slang, the attitude, the area around Dunedin. It just makes me want to visit more!

I received a free copy of the audio version of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

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  • The E Traveller
  • 17-04-22

Be prepared to laugh your socks off

"I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.” 

This book had me laughing so much at the characters and the situations they are in,

I loved how the characters have developed over the length of the story

I am enjoying how much Rosalind in improving as an author over the years

I also love how the narrator gives each character so personality that is why I love listening to her doing Rosalind's books

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  • Kathleen B
  • 17-04-22

I enjoyed it so much!

I love all of the Kiwi books! The descriptions of the all the towns and cities make me feel as if I've been there myself. Its actually number 1 on my bucket list because of them. I love how she can take a situation and put so many spin offs in it. In kiwi gold she goes in to religion, death, birth of multiple babies, single parents and so much more. It keeps you unable to put it down. I did lose some sleep trying to listen to just a little but more. I also love hearing the characters from her prior books in them, but if you haven't read them it's fine because it's not a sequel.
As always I can't wait for her next book!!!!!
As for the narrators I always think Emma Wilder is so amazing. She can easily do many voices old,young, male, female. She's one of my favorite narrators.
Tom Janson was a great addition. I didn't think I would like the dual narrators but I surprisingly enjoyed it.
Although I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own and I would have definitely purchased it on my own.

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  • rando213
  • 15-04-22

Falling in Love...

Another wonderful and fun book by Rosalind James. She has a way of writing twists and turns in a story to make you not want to stop. You'll enjoy this powerful story and cheer on the characters. Her children characters are always so well done. That's the the parts I enjoy the most. This was not my favorite story but still worth listening to.

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  • Page E Lie
  • 14-04-22

Heartfelt Kiwi Romance

At the start of Kiwi Gold, we meet Laila, widowed mom to twin six year old twin girls. She runs a photography studio out of her home and is barely making ends meet, even that is debatable, really. Her late husband was a famous climber who died in a very public way that brought shame to himself and their family. Laila is also starting to question the strict Muslim upbringing in which she was raised, pushing back against some of the constraints.
She meets Lachlan at a costume party and they share an interesting evening together, talking and getting to know one another, without her realizing that he is her next-door neighbor! Also, neither one realizes that they have many friends in common, or that that her father is his business rival. We soon see that their families are even more interconnected.
There are many twists and turns in this book, like all of Rosalind James' writings. It's never "just" a romance novel -- there are heavier topics like religion, sexual education, grief, addiction, perinatal/infant loss, and feminism openly discussed in this book in a respectful way and I really loved it. I enjoyed the both of the narrators and think that having a male and female narrator brought a lot to the enjoyment of the book.
Technically, this is part of a series, and if you have read the other books in the New Zealand Ever After series, you will recognize some characters, but I do think that this definitely can be read as a stand-alone. I am happy to recommend it and to give five stars, across the board.
I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review and was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

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  • Deor
  • 14-04-22

Golden Narration of a Heartfelt Romance

Kiwi Gold is a standalone book that is part of Rosalind James’s New Zealand Ever After series. In this book I was particularly found Laila interesting as she grows into herself, having navigated so many different roles for the other people in her life and dealing with the reflected notoriety of someone in her life. I found Lachlan to be a great male protagonist*, one that also grew into the person in some ways already was.

As a reader/listener I thoroughly enjoy the diverse backgrounds, occupations, and personalities represented in James’s books and this book is no exception. She also creates fully formed backgrounds and lives for her characters, so that major and minor characters feel like real people and not stock characters filling in the background.

Something I love about all of Rosalind James's books is how the characters have a way of resonating with me in a quietly inspiring way. I wouldn't even say this is something the author deliberately sets out to do, they are just characters living their lives. There is a lot to admire about Layla and Lachlan, but for me, I was most impressed and inspired by her spirit of giving back to her community through action and that it was for her a blessing to do so. Disclaimer-While this book does discuss personal religious journeys as aspects of some of the characters it is not a book about religion. Religion is just one of many parts of life.

Emma Wilder and Tom Janson's narration is everything I could want it to be. Their performance is natural, articulate, clear, and well-paced. All the characters are distinct (always impressed with how well they do child characters) and the integration of two voice actors is flawless. They have a way of conveying emotion and character without going over the top. I would listen to either of them narrate anything.

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

*With the exception of the very beginning.

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  • KerrieS
  • 12-04-22

Rosalind does it again!

Another fantastic book! I love all of Rosalind's books, this one is no exception. Laila is a widow with twin 6 year old daughters. She is of Muslim faith, her mother was born in Kuwait. Her father, a Kiwi Viking, became Muslim because of his great love for her mother. There are many things about the Muslim faith that are woven onto the book making it even more interesting. Lachlan is marriage and relationship shy. He has 4 sisters who are quadruplets. His stepfather was useless and at 8 he was helping his mother with his sisters. Even though they are adults now, he is still helping them when needed. He wants the freedom to just go and do at will. He is an exploration geologist traveling all over the world looking for gold, copper or whatever the client needs. He doesn't believe that's good for a marriage, so he's not been looking for more than a good time in his dealings with women. There are many obstacles for them to overcome which makes for a great story, one of which involves his sisters and their biological father. I also love that we see Poppy and Matiu from Stone Cold Kiwi and two of Daisy's sisters from Kiwi Strong. You don't have to read those books first but don't deny yourself the pleasure.
Emma Wilder does her usual fantastic job of narrating as does Tom Janson. They both do different voices well and are enjoyable to listen to.
I received a free copy of this book in return for doing an honest review. I was not compensated in any way, nor was I required to leave a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

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