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Summary

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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Good story terrible wooden narration

I had read the book before and enjoyed the story. I thought I would enjoy the narration but very distracted by the wooden, clipped voice. Each word pronounced as though completely separate from the next, no flow.

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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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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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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.

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  • Felicia Johnson
  • 21-04-16

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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  • Desteny Cox
  • 23-02-16

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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  • Lois Dickinson
  • 14-09-18

great story. only one disppointment

this saga was glorious in its scope. the characters complexity kept the interest to the end.. However the readers inability to properly pronounce Moari grated with this Kiwi listener.

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  • C.Joy S.
  • 16-03-17

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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  • Amy F.M.
  • 08-07-20

Very good listen... kept me wanting more.

This is a rather long book, but so beautifully written that one really feels they are able to know the characters and their surroundings. Many twists and turns, and yet the ending seemed to make sense.... don't want to give a spoiler here. It is the story of settlers in Australia and New Zealand, but mostly I felt it was about women's lack of rights in the mid 1800s and also social class inequities... and how some crumble under this, others are able to rise above it. I found myself rooting for, and against, the characters...they really came to life. A tough read in many spots, but a good story of love won and lost and triumph and failure.

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  • Tara F
  • 28-08-19

Great listen!

I loved this book. It was a bit hard to get into at first, but I'm soooo glad I stuck with it. This book was one that I hated to end, but I'm excited that it's part of a trilogy. Already the next book downloaded!

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  • Amazon Customer Linda
  • 24-09-18

loved it!

such a great way to understand the history of New Zealand and how brave the settlers were and how kind the Maori

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  • Tipz
  • 16-07-18

great story

narrator did quite well pronounced Maori words quite well
story had great build up of characters and I couldn't wait for the evil husband live to end
loses and winners

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  • Haley and Matthias
  • 10-05-18

Best work so far

The complexity of characters and the paths they are follow makes this book Sarah Lark’s best work. This is anything but a predictable romantic novel.

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  • Too Happy
  • 24-03-17

A great book.

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

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