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.
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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!
A quite long winded story, narrated well, but doesn't really go anywhere.. I enjoyed the narration, good accents and quietly enjoyable
Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.
an average historical, novel, narrator is alright. I'd recommend this book if you are doing something that will require half a listening ear.
Great cast of characters, good story, loved this book.
There are many, which make this a page turner, or a device turner oner.
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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