About the Author
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 about horses for adults and children, one of which was nominated for the Deutsche Jugendbuchpreis, Germany's distinguished prize for best children's book. She currently lives on her farm in Almeria, Spain, where she cares for retired horses, plays guitar, and sings in her spare time.
Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening selection, and the American Library Association's Special Services to Children Award. She has also been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She is an accomplished actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite Island of A Thousand Springs by Sarah Lark takes the reader on a rare journey from the dreary streets of London to the slave plantations of Jamaica in the mid-1700s. The tale follows Nora Reed as she loses her first love and marries Elias Fortnam, who spirits her away to her dream home on the island of Jamaica. Haunted by her first love, she never truly learns to love Elias, but comes to terms with her new position as a plantation mistress, preventing some of the violent acts perpetrated on slaves in her own way. Nora also helps provide medical treatment for the slaves. Her life seems to be stable, but when Elias’s son, Douglas, returns from studying abroad, their simple world is torn asunder. Miss Lark picked a very challenging subject upon which to write and she succeeds most admirably in conveying her story. I enjoyed Nora’s development from the beginning as a love-struck girl to her thriving as a woman and caregiver. All of the characters are immensely sympathetic as we have all lost love. By the author splitting the story into sections, I was able to track the story development easily. I felt Nora’s sadness through each new trial and tribulation. I liked learning about the history of Jamaica, which is a seldom discussed topic in history class. Reading about the various African tribal customs was very interesting and it encouraged me to want to learn more about the tribes. Overall, while not an easy, feel-good read, Island of A Thousand Springs teaches meaningful lessons about hope and perseverance. Readers should be aware there are some graphic scenes of violence.