New Zealand, 1893: William Martyn is better educated and more cultivated than the other men breaking their backs searching for gold near Queenstown. William is the son of landed Irish nobility, and he comes to town ready to invest in the best equipment. On his search for supplies, he encounters spirited and beautiful young Elaine O’Keefe, who promptly falls in love with him.
He is captivated by her charms until Kura, Elaine's half-Maori cousin, comes to visit. William succumbs at once to Kura's exotic beauty and free-spiritedness, and tension develops not only between the two cousins but also between the colonial settlers and their Maori neighbors.
©2013 Sarah Lark (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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.
This second book in the Land of the Long White Cloud series is just as good as the first. The beauty of New Zealand shines through, as does the history and ruggedness of the era, 1893 through 1898 (sixteen years after the first book). The story continues as Kura, Gwyn's half Maori granddaughter falls in love with William Martyn (stealing him away from her shy cousin, Elaine). No one has ever been able to tame or discipline, Kura, whose Maori mother, left her with Gwyn to raise at an early age. All the family from the first book blend naturally into Song of the Spirits, growing, changing, maturing, finding their places with children and grandchildren . . .and with the land. The writing has such depth and beauty . . . and is clean and refreshing (although it does contain Maori tradition and historical content true to the time period). Although the books are lengthy, I wouldn't change a thing.
Warm and loving story with multiple story lines that came together in the end with heart warming love.
Following extended families of the heroines we met in the first book of the series. More lively and entertaining story that definitely holds the reader! I liked this more, than the first part. The book can be read as a stand- alone novel, too.
The second in the series, this book recounts the second generation. As with the other novels in the series, I had hoped for more Maori participation with less emphasis on 'tribe' and 'witch doctor' type stuff.
The Maori are a wonderful people with a rich and proud history.
It's a romance novel, and fiction, but some of the things the characters get into are eye-rolling.
Still, I enjoyed it and did purchase the whole series.
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