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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • joyce
  • 26-02-16

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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  • 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
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  • Haley Sater
  • 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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  • Esther Harper
  • 08-05-18

Toward the Sea of Freedom. Read by a retired RN now 85

Enjoyed the following of history, and the intrigue of the development of the characters,and thier personalities.

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  • pcladie
  • 31-01-18

The book is great however it is falsely advertised

When I attempt to listen I am told to add the audio for $1.99 when it clearly says read and listen for free. I am a kindle unlimited customer and this is the 3rd time this has happened.

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  • Chelsea Erin
  • 15-12-17

Excellent book!

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