In the exhilarating conclusion to the internationally bestselling In the Land of the Long White Cloud trilogy, the spirited Warden and McKenzie clan continues its trials - and triumphs - in New Zealand and beyond.
The great-granddaughter of Gwyneira McKenzie - who arrived in New Zealand as a naïve young bride in In the Land of the Long White Cloud - Gloria Martyn has enjoyed an idyllic childhood at Kiward Station, her family’s sprawling sheep farm in the Canterbury Plains. When her parents send word from Europe that it’s time for Gloria to become a proper “lady” by attending boarding school half a world away in England, Gloria must leave everything and everyone she loves most in the world, including her steadfast protector Jack McKenzie. Wrenched from her beloved homeland and struggling to fit in with the stifling strictures of British boarding-school life, Gloria has never felt more alone. Upon discovering that her parents have no intention of ever sending her home, Gloria takes matters into her own hands and sets off on an adventure that will change her forever.
A stirring coming-of-age tale of love, loss, endurance, shame, and redemption that takes readers from the lush plains of New Zealand’s South Island to the bloody shores of Gallipoli, across Australia’s Northern Territory and beyond, Call of the Kiwi is a profoundly satisfying conclusion to the saga that has captured readers’ hearts across the globe.
©2009 Verlagsgruppe Lübbe GmbH & Co. KG, Bergisch Gladbach. (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. English translation © 2014 by D. W. Lovett.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
WOW! This last book in the trilogy is excellent. Gwyn and James live on the sheep farm together well into their golden years, while Kura and William are still flitting around Europe singing . . . Their daughter, Gloria longs to come home to New Zealand, but her parents, not remembers their own youthful desires, force her into their own "mold" . . . The saga which began with Land of the Long White Cloud concludes with Call of the Kiwi . . . and this last book is deep, sad, and oh, so sweet . . . culminating perfectly.
Not since I read Mitchner's Hawaii, have I found an epic story of multi generations and cultures with such appeal. Ms Lark character development was exceptional. At times it does bog down sentimental rhetoric but it does not seem to take away from the story.
It is hard.not to be a fan of Anne Flosnik. She has a wide range voices and is extremely articulate.
Thoroughly enjoyed the series by Sarah Lark. This third book in the series wasn't quite as good as the other two, but it was still a good read. Ms. Lark definitely knows how to bring the countryside, people and customs of the region and time to life and helps us to live through the characters.
Reader. This reader was so bad I could not even listen to her after several attempts.
Horrible. Horrible. Horrible. I am mad I spent money on this.
I have listened to all three books in this series and have been enthralled by each of them. I liked how all the pov characters were strong women. Like many of the characters, I have not had an easy life. I appreciate a writer that sensitively and accurately portrays people that have suffered and healed from trauma. I will be reading more by this author.
Knowing this was the last book in the series made me a bit sad. This amazing book took us through a journey child by child, generation by generation, country by country, and tragedy by tragedy. I was happy that there were only two deaths throughout the series. The ending could of filled an whole other book. Lol. I want to know more about blank & blank. I can't tell you.
In this third and final book in the series the young characters are getting into adventures that in real life they would not have survived.
I found a lot of this book to make my eyes roll because of it. Without going into detail to ruin the book for someone who has not listened to it, I would say that Gloria would not have survived her 'adventure' or she would have returned home with a disease.
She was also a very unlikable character, no matter what happened to her.
I would have liked to have had more Maori participation in these books, with less emphasis on 'tribe' and 'witch doctor' stuff.
As is the case with many series books, the theme of this book is a repeat of the theme of the previous two just a generation apart. This normally would not bother me but it seems to be a bit gratuitous at this point.
Had to give up the narration is horrible a really annoying hint of accent read the book instead
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