From tough beginnings in the slums of Dunedin, Billie is now society’s darling, living at Broad Bay overlooking the beautiful Otago harbour.
It is the 1890s and she is right in the middle of big social changes: Lebanese immigrants, women’s suffrage, workers’ rights. Her fashion empire goes from strength to strength thanks to her association with a young Lebanese woman. And with a charming husband and a posse of distinctive children, she is well fulfilled.
Until the new century dawns and it all starts to unravel. The indomitable Billie is pushed to the edge of reason. Will she lose her mind and all that she loves and has worked for? Against a background of social and political upheavals, Threads of Gold is a story of risk, redemption, and the power of love.