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If it's better to marry than to burn, I was in trouble.

When you walk out of a cult with a driving license and the clothes on your back, you can face some challenges. How does a cooker work, and what do you cook on it? Is microwave pizza actually food, and how many times can you eat sausages before you never want to smell them again? And what do people put in all those bathroom drawers?

And, finally, how do you sort out the good and the bad of the place you've left and the place you've found and make your own way? How do you start over when half your family wants to recreate Mount Zion right here in Dunedin, New Zealand, and the other half wants to forget it?

And when you find the one and only woman you'll ever want to marry, what if everybody says no?

I'd been named after the archangel Gabriel. I was meant to know the truth and announce it to the world. So far, I wasn't even coming close.

©2022 Rosalind James (P)2022 Rosalind James

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Brilliant book

What a book to draw you in. I love Rosalind’s writing style. I love how each of the main characters Gabriel & Oriana are shown going through the journey of leaving the cult of Mount Zion and learning about the modern world with childlike wonder and fear. The transition between the 2 points of view was always smooth and helped build the story for the reader. The readers really embody Gabriel & Oriana. Really enjoyed tagging along with them on their journey. This book tackles some tough, realistic issues with care and sensitively to ensure it is grounded and fair to those who have really experienced these life transitions. A beautifully paced book which will definitely be read again.

"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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  • DZA One
  • 09-09-22

More than your typical mindless romance

Rosalind’s storyline for Gabriel and Oriana goes beyond just a fluffy and mind-numbing romance. It delves deeply into the sociological effects of choosing to leave a cult to live in the outside world. The conflicting norms - what works in an established cult doesn’t work so well in the outside world (i.e., a 17-year old girl wanting to marry a 20-something male). The characters, their families and their challenges are rich, viable, well thought out, and written with sensitivity and respect.

Kiwi Sin was a good mix of thought provoking, funny, cringy, infuriating, heart wrenching, and gripping situations. In short, a very satisfying story that leaves me wanting more!

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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  • Melstamps
  • 06-09-22

Careful Handling of Delicate Topics

Kiwi Sin is hands-down my favorite of Rosalind James’ New Zealand Ever After Series. Though the primary focus of the book are Oriana and Gabriel, more “refugees” from the Mount Zion religious cult, including her sisters, his family and others are also prominently featured. I appreciate that this book is a reflective look at the aftermath of having been raised in a cult with the different escapees reacting in a wide spectrum of ways. There are so many different emotions that run through each character as they face building a new life after living in such a harsh and restrictive all their previous lives.

The romance between Oriana and Gabriel is deliberately slow building as there are a number of years between them: at the beginning of the book, she is still 16 and he is about 24. Ms James does a fine job writing their relationship so that it makes sense and does not seem the least bit predatory. Each of these two characters is a gentle soul trying to navigate a new life while not entirely throwing away the better values of their old. There are facets of “mean girls” in the way that Oriana is treated by her sisters, who are all more ambitious and look down upon her because she doesn’t strive for a high powered career. That said, she is hard working and is likely to be successful in her own endeavors.

This book features “guest appearances” by a few characters from previous books. I was especially happy to catch up with Drew and Hannah Callahan.

The narration by Emma Wilder and Calum Gittins is excellent. I feel like I gained so much from their careful handling of the book.

I highly recommend this book. While it isn’t required to have read previous books, it would probably give the reader a better understanding if they had read at least the past two books in the series. Five stars.

I was given a free copy of the audio book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions stated are solely my own.



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  • 04-08-22

Consistently amazing stories

The writing and narration are excellent as always. Ms. James is a must read on release day.

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  • 04-08-22

A New Zealand romance.

Kiwi Sin is Another beautiful love story by Rosalind James . The characters are complex due to the unusual circumstances of their childhood. I appreciate the fact that the women in this story are as strong as the men.
The narration is outstanding. Emma Wilder delivers the performance we have come to expect. She brings the female characters to life with charming Kiwi accents. Calum Gittins ‘ is remarkable as the male narrator. It was so easy to distinguish the voices of multiple characters. This was a credit well spent.

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  • J. Marie
  • 13-09-22

Time to listen to Kiwi Sin book 5 of NZ Ever After

Just because you have managed to escape a religious cult it doesn’t mean you are ready for the outside world. This is Oriana’s story and how she struggles to find a balance in her new life. In Mt. Zion, at 17, she would have been married to a man chosen for her by the prophet. Outside, she is a high school student struggling to fit in.

Gabriel is 25. Extremely hardworking and handy, on his way to becoming a foreman for Gray’s construction business. He is also from the same religious cult Mt. Zion. How do you find a balance between being a man in outside world, with the very strict upbringing you had all your life, and being a young man living on his own for the first time in his life who has never even been on a date?

Oriana is everything Gabriel wants; Gabriel is everything Oriana wants. Only problem is their families don’t think they should be together. Somehow, love will find a way.

As always, I loved the performance of Emma Wilder, one of the best narrators I’ve ever heard. Calum Gittins, newcomer to Rosalind James’ books, is also wonderful. 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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  • Adrienne Denise
  • 04-08-22

Wonderful continuation of this series

A rich story with wonderful narration (Emma and Calum are perfect). Oriana and Gabriel's story was touching, sometimes humorous, and important. A tale about love, loyalty, family, and agency. The slowest of burns but I wouldn't have wanted it any other way considering the subject matter. The writing, attention to detail and the care with which these characters are written is a testament to a skilled writer. Bravo!

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  • Tammy's Timeout
  • 24-09-22

Amazing story, wonderful narrators

I have read this book and now listened via Audible and what a story, The narrators did justice to the New Zealand accent and added an extra depth to the characters and story,
It is awesome being back with familiar characters and having new characters to enjoy. This book follows the Mount Zion religious order, and the families who leave and venture to the 'outside' - the South Island of New Zealand. Gabriel and Oriana are our main characters and I loved their individual story and journey together as they navigate their new lives. This story is a slow burn, and such a wonderful read and addition to the series.

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  • Cathyst
  • 20-09-22

not what I expected

This author is an auto buy for me.
Admire her work immensely.
However, I did struggle to finish it. Not a fan of teenage lovers. The religious aspect was also off putting. I was raised in an ultra conservative religious home, just not quite as bad as experienced by the FMC. While I appreciate the opportunity to view life from their perspective, a 17 year old girl in love with a 19 year old boy don't cut it for me.
Oh well, maybe the next one?

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  • The E Traveller
  • 17-09-22

Wow, that was something new and awesome

"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.”

I have been a fan of Rosalind's for years, and it is awesome to see how she has grown as an author and with this book she has certainly grown, this book showed more conflict with the characters so much so I was yelling at the characters and sometimes I was laughing at the characters as well.

I loved how some of the characters grew as well as the book progressed.

I can not wait to see what the next book in this series is and how she pulls it off

Thank you for such an enjoyed read and looking forward to more books from you

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  • L Kowalewski
  • 16-09-22

Cute story

The story of Oriana and Gabriel was cute, but it dragged on for me. There was so much angst and discussion of what is right and what is wrong on the outside. I understand they needed to learn what goes on “outside”, but I felt like I didn’t want to finish the story. What kept me going was Emma Wilder. I truly love her narration. I wish she was on the only narrator though. I love the way she portrays the men in the stories.
I love Rosalind’s books, but this series is starting to drag on for me.