image_538512808501235THE MORAL COMPASS (SHAKING THE TREE, BOOK  1)


BY K.A. SERVIAN.  “The Moral Compass”  (Shaking the Tree) Book !

Publication Date: October 17, 2017

Sweetpea Publishing

Paperback & eBook; 285 Pages

Genre: Fiction/Historical/Romance/Victorian



Florence lives like a Princess attending dinner parties and balls away from the gritty reality, filth and poverty of Victorian London.

However, her world comes crashing around her when her father suffers a spectacular fall from grace. She must abandon her life of luxury, leave behind the man she loves and sail to the far side of the world where compromise and suffering beyond anything she can imagine await her.

When she is offered the opportunity to regain some of what she has lost, she takes it, but soon discovers that not everything is as it seems. The choice she has made has a high price attached and she must live with the heart-breaking consequences of her decision.

This novel is part one in the ‘Shaking the Tree’ series.


About the Author


As a life-long creative, Kathy gained qualifications in fashion design, applied design to fabric and jewellery making and enjoyed a twenty-year-plus career in the fashion and applied arts industries as a pattern maker, designer and owner of her own clothing and jewellery labels.

She then discovered a love of teaching and began passing on the skills accumulated over the years—design, pattern-making, sewing, Art Clay Silver, screen-printing and machine embroidery to name a few.

Creative writing started as a self-dare to see if she had the chops to write a manuscript. Writing quickly became an obsession and Kathy’s first novel, Peak Hill, which was developed from the original manuscript, was a finalist in the Romance Writers of New Zealand Pacific Hearts Full Manuscript contest in 2016.

Kathy now squeezes full-time study for an advanced diploma in creative writing in around working on her novels, knocking out the occasional short story, teaching part-time and being a wife and mother.

For more information please visit K.A. Servian’s website and blog.  You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. Sign up for K.A. Servian’s newsletter to receive news and updates.


Lindas Book Obsession Review of “The Moral Compass” by K A Servian


I have been captivated by “The Moral Compass” by K A Servian. The story is set in 1853, when Florence is writing in her diary during a terrible episode of seasickness on the ship set from London to New Zealand. After her father’s embarrassing scandal, Florence, her father and brother are set to make a new life in New Zealand on a farm. During the travel, Florence’s father dies, leaving an 18 year old Florence and her brother to fend for themselves.

 After being brought up in the lap of luxury, Florence is taken aback by the condition of the farmland that her father had purchased. Florence also had to leave the man she loves behind as she goes on this journey, only hoping he will find her.

 The genres for this book are Fiction and Historical Fiction. There is a second book that completes this series.

 The author describes the characters as complicated and complex due to the circumstances. Florence is strong- willed, brave, courageous, and hardworking, although at every turn she faces adversity.  Florence’s brother is lazy and has an entitled feeling. He seems to care only about himself.

  I appreciate the author’s descriptive writing style, and the layers in the story.How will Florence manage to survive? What choices does Florence have?

  Florence is forced to make choices. Times are difficult. Florence does show growth in her character, and seems to learn to adapt, but at what cost?

  I would highly recommend this book to readers that appreciate Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and a complicated journey. I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this novel for my honest review. I can’t wait to read K A Servian’s next book. Thank you to Amy Bruno and The Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tour.



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