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In the Land of the Long White Cloud | [Sarah Lark]

In the Land of the Long White Cloud

Hardworking London governess Helen Davenport longs for a family of her own but knows the prospect of finding a suitable husband grows dimmer each year. Then she spots an advertisement seeking wives for the churchgoing bachelors of colonial New Zealand and begins an affectionate correspondence with a gentleman farmer.Meanwhile, not far away in Wales, society life bores Gwyneira Silkham, beautiful, daring daughter of a wealthy sheep breeder.
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Hardworking London governess Helen Davenport longs for a family of her own but knows the prospect of finding a suitable husband grows dimmer each year. Then she spots an advertisement seeking wives for the churchgoing bachelors of colonial New Zealand and begins an affectionate correspondence with a gentleman farmer.

Meanwhile, not far away in Wales, society life bores Gwyneira Silkham, beautiful, daring daughter of a wealthy sheep breeder. She finds an unexpected escape when her father loses a blackjack hand to a mysterious New Zealand baron — and Gwyn’s hand in marriage goes to the baron’s son.The women cross paths on the ship to Christchurch — Helen traveling steerage, Gwyn first class — and form an unlikely friendship, one they’ll rely on when the husbands awaiting them turn out very different than they’d imagined.

This nineteenth-century saga of two unforgettable young women — navigating a new world and finding friendship, romance, and adventure at every turn — is as lush and sweeping as the hills of New Zealand themselves.

(P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Sharon East St KIlda, Australia 08-29-13
    Sharon East St KIlda, Australia 08-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Tedious"

    This book goes on and on and on and is very tedious. The narrator is a poor choice and when she does the voices of the characters she sounds rather odd. None of the characters are particularly likable or believable. There are some obvious historical mistakes and I regret listening all the way to the end.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 10-30-12
    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 10-30-12 Member Since 2010

    I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!

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    "Frontier Land story"

    A quite long winded story, narrated well, but doesn't really go anywhere.. I enjoyed the narration, good accents and quietly enjoyable

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    Tracy Alberta, AB, Canada 10-01-12
    Tracy Alberta, AB, Canada 10-01-12 Member Since 2008

    Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.

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    "easy light listen"

    an average historical, novel, narrator is alright. I'd recommend this book if you are doing something that will require half a listening ear.

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    NatesNana Auckland, New Zealand 08-10-13
    NatesNana Auckland, New Zealand 08-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrator has no idea of Maori Pronunciation!"

    Interesting story of pioneer New Zealand. However as a genuine "Kiwi" pakeha, I found the narration rather bland and her poor pronunciation of Maori words and place names grated - sometimes they were unrecognisable. The "Maori accent" of the Maori workers speaking English was also poorly portrayed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 09-07-13
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 09-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Long but very good"

    I was surprised that this 21 hour epoch held my attention but it certainly did. This author did a great job maintaining a believeable flow of the story. Anne Flosnick helped, too, she is an awesome narrator.

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    DHackney Round Rock, Texas 08-30-13
    DHackney Round Rock, Texas 08-30-13
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    "Excellent Epic - New Zealand"

    The book titled “In the Land of the Long White Cloud” by Sarah Lark readers follow a few generations of immigrants to New Zealand from Wales and London. One of the characters is Helen Davenport who has been working as governess in London but longs for a husband and a family of her own. Helen ends up on her way to New Zealand to answer an advertisement for a man seeking a wife after the exchange of letters. Helen believes that this man who writes beautiful sentiments is a gentleman farmer but her reality is disappointing.
    Gwyn’s character comes into the story when her father loses blackjack to a sheep baron from New Zealand. Gwyn is to go to New Zealand to marry the sheep baron’s son. Gwyn is only 17 years old and loves sheep ranching, border collies, and horses. She is excited for an adventure and life on a sprawling ranch. Her reality is less than ideal.
    Sarah Lark introduces the reader to a cast of characters that are wonderfully created. There are the orphan girls shipped to New Zealand to be servants. The heartless decisions made for these little girls really touched my heart and I was so happy that the author carried each of their story lines throughout this epic novel, as well. I call this an epic novel because it sweeps through many years – following the individual characters’ lives.
    I purchased this book as an audio presentation through audible.com for my Kindle and it was about 22 hours long. The audible story is brilliantly performed by Anne Flosnik. It was thrilling to have such a long book to listen to that was never was slow or dull. There is rich New Zealand history detailed in the story and descriptions of the beautiful south island in the early days of settlers.
    I am looking forward to ready the next book by Sarah Lark that carries on the story lines with the next generations. This book was originally written in German and the English translation was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Glendale, AZ, United States 12-25-12
    Ann Glendale, AZ, United States 12-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I loved this book!"
    What made the experience of listening to In the Land of the Long White Cloud the most enjoyable?

    Great cast of characters, good story, loved this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Land of the Long White Cloud?

    There are many, which make this a page turner, or a device turner oner.


    What about Anne Flosnik’s performance did you like?

    I thought the performance was fantastic. I think she really did a good job portraying Gwenira, however the name is spelled.


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    Marilyn 06-23-14
    Marilyn 06-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Love it!"
    If you could sum up In the Land of the Long White Cloud in three words, what would they be?

    I have read the Outlander and the Wilderness series and this one is right there with them.
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    Gillie Brassall, Australia 01-13-14
    Gillie Brassall, Australia 01-13-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great New Zealand Story! With lots of daring do!"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I didn't like the narrator as her voice seemed rather sibilant and slurry. An English narrator would have been better. Her voice somewhat spoilt the story.


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    I really enjoyed this story especially as it was about my homeland. It was historically correct and that was an added bonus. The story was exciting and I'd gladly read another book if it was serialised.

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  • Jillian Walker
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    "Pleasant listen"

    This was an enjoyable listen if not exactly gripping or enthralling. Although neither of the main characters of Gwyneira or Helen made much of an impression on me I did find myself wanting things to work out well for them both and listening at every opportunity to discover what would come next in their lives. Some of the characters outcomes were a bit contrived and neatly sewn up but overall I did enjoy the book and would recommend it as one that is not too challenging if you need a fairly lightweight listen.

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