In the Land of the Long White Cloud by Sarah LarkIn the Land of the Long White Cloud by Sarah Lark

In the Land of the Long White Cloud

bySarah LarkTranslated byDw Lovett

Paperback | August 21, 2012

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Helen Davenport, governess for a wealthy London household, longs for a family of her own—but nearing her late twenties, she knows her prospects are dim. Then she spots an advertisement seeking young women to marry New Zealand’s honorable bachelors and begins an affectionate correspondence with a gentleman farmer. When her church offers to pay her travels under an unusual arrangement, she jumps at the opportunity.

Meanwhile, not far away in Wales, beautiful and daring Gwyneira Silkham, daughter of a wealthy sheep breeder, is bored with high society. But when a mysterious New Zealand baron deals her father an unlucky blackjack hand, Gwyn’s hand in marriage is suddenly on the table. Her family is outraged, but Gwyn is thrilled to escape the life laid out for her.

The two women meet on the ship to Christchurch—Helen traveling in steerage, Gwyn first class—and become unlikely friends. When their new husbands turn out to be very different than expected, the women must help one another find the life—and love— they’d hoped for.

Set against the backdrop of colonial nineteenth-century New Zealand, In the Land of the Long White Cloud is a soaring saga of friendship, romance, and unforgettable adventure.

Sarah Lark, author of several bestselling historical fiction novels in Germany and Spain, was born in Germany's Ruhr region, where she discovered a love of animals - especially horses - early in life. She has worked as an elementary school teacher, travel guide, and commercial writer. She has also written numerous award-winning books a...
Title:In the Land of the Long White CloudFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:667 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.7 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1.7 inPublished:August 21, 2012Publisher:Amazon PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:161218426X

ISBN - 13:9781612184265


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweeping tale, long but good Women didn't have a lot of choice in the direction of their lives in mid nineteenth century England. Helen Davenport was working as a tutor when a notice in her church bulletin led her to accept a marriage proposal to an unknown sheep farmer in New Zealand. Gwyneira Silkham's future was determined when her father lost a hand of cards to a self proclaimed sheep baron also from the Christchurch area of New Zealand. These women's lives were tied together from the time they set foot on the ship that transported them to their new homes. Marrying a gentleman in a newly settled English colony had seemed exciting and romantic to both ladies. It was only after they left the ship that they realised how little they were prepared for the hardships of living in such a new colony. Distances between farms was huge, communication was as fast as a horse could travel. Both women had to chose whether to embrace their Maori neighbours and learn their language, about their culture and beliefs or to follow their husbands lead and treat them at best as hired help. I feel that Gwyn and Helen reacted very much as women of that time period. Once they arrived in New Zealand, they had little choice but to accept their circumstances and make the best of them. We spend a lot of time with Gwyn, her husband Lucas and Helen and learn lots about them. We see the three of them learn and grown from the situations they find them selves in. . I have an affection for anything kiwi and this book was no exception. I read it compulsively. I loved the glowing descriptions of the breath taking country side as well as the gritty ones of the towns and roads. Of course, you can't tell a story of this time period of New Zealand without talking about sheep. They are central to this tale. Yes, there are sheep and all that goes with them, but it doesn't overwhelm the entire story. Author Sarah Lark has a good balance between the storyline of the people and the sheep talk and tied them together well. While reading this book, I did feel a distance between the author and the tale. It seemed that it was a story written by someone who had never been to New Zealand and that she was only imagining what it would be like to stand on it's soil, to view a flock of sheep on a hill, or to crest a peak and view the land unfolding below her. Whether author Sarah Lark has visited Christchurch or this connection was lost due to the work of the translator D. W. Lovett, it was still a captivating read which I very much enjoyed. The story continues in Song of the Spirits and then in Call of the Kiwi. Sarah Lark is a pen name of Christiane Gohl. She also publishes under Ricarda Jordan and Elisabeth Rotenberg.
Date published: 2015-07-06