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In mid-nineteenth-century Ireland, charming Kathleen and dashing Michael harbor secrets and dreams. Imagining a life beyond the kitchen and fields of the wealthy family they both work for, they plot to leave their homeland, marry, and raise the child Kathleen is secretly carrying. The luck of the Irish, however, is not on their side.

Soon, they find themselves swept up in circumstances they never could have fathomed. Kathleen is forced to marry against her will and immigrate to New Zealand. Michael is imprisoned for rebellion and exiled to Australia. As time passes and their new lives march on, they long for those stolen moments in the lush green fields of their native land. And they both still dream of escape, with no idea of how close fate will eventually bring them.

©2016 Sarah Lark (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Translation © 2015 D. W. Lovett.

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Classic "What Might've Been"

This has to be the most FRUSTRATING book I've ever read, though not necessarily in a bad way. Without giving too much of the story, the way fate circles these 2 is almost torture. I spent the entire book going crazy wondering how it would turn out. It certainly keeps your attention to the end! :-)

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A great book.

When you want to yell at the characters, you know you've fallen into the story.

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Stupid is as stupid does

I listened to the audio to the end hoping that like the tin man someone would find a brain.

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perfection

this book along with other books from Sarah Lark has given me a wave of emotions happy sad mad ready to beat some of these men an women at times but she has this way of making me feel like I'm right there in the middle of this story to me she is as wonderful as Ken Follet I really love these books and can not wait for more in english .

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A struggle !

All the heartache and struggle through out this book listening and the two characters I wanted so badly to be together did not .. As complicated with the other characters with up and downs it also was too much . I was just very disappointed..

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Excellent book!

I was captivated the entire time! Loved the characters and depiction of the time period.

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No

Personally I found this To be cheesy and cliched. Breathy annoying narration. Couldn’t persist past the first few chapters.

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Way too long!

This is a nice story but it is way too long! The 20 hours took forever. I wanted to find out what happened so I didn't quit but I did listen at 1.25 speed for the entire book. After investing all of those hours, the ending was lackluster. I will say though that the narrator did a great job.

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had potential

the author could have left half of her research off this book it would have moved at a quicker pace and still been a great story. the story seemed to drag on with superfluous historical research that did not move the story forward. The narrator sounded as if she had a mouth full of marbles as she read. it had potential but it was just too difficult to get through between the narration and the history lesson.

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Excellent historical novel

I recommend this book to fans of historical fiction. This book is set around the Irish potato famine and portrays the consequences to the farmers both immediately and in their lives. It clearly shows their struggles to survive and the inequities they suffered. Happily it also demonstrates their route to happiness

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  • Ellis
  • 05-27-17

great period drama on a subject little spoken of.

really enjoyed my listen of this book, about an era little spoken of today when men were sent to Australia rather than prison. loved every minute of this story

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  • Kalenn Marshall
  • 03-19-17

Pleasant story

The storyline was entertaining & was nice to listen to while I walked my dog. A decent story with a satisfying ending.

At times the narrators poor accents for each character felt like listening to something from a bad west end stage play. But once I tuned this out the story was enjoyable.

Would have been great if the male characters were read by a male actor & female role by an actress.

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  • christy
  • 05-21-16

Toward the sea of freedom

I think I would have enjoyed this book but unfortunately due to the poor tone and the awful narrator couldn't listen to it.