If we don't have the past in mind, it is merely history. If we do, it is still part of the present. Esther's grandparents first meet at a church dance in London in 1947. Stephen, a shy young Kiwi, has left to practice pharmacy on the other side of the world. Eva has grown up English, with no memory of the Jewish family who sent their little girl to safety. When the couple emigrate, the peace they seek in New Zealand cannot overcome the past they have left behind.
Following the lives of Eva, her daughter Lisa and her granddaughter Esther, All This by Chance is a moving multi-generational family saga about the legacy of the Holocaust and the burden of secrets never shared, by one of New Zealand's finest writers.