Island of a Thousand Springs

Island of a Thousand Springs

by Sarah Lark, Sharmila Cohen

NOOK Book1. Aufl. 2014 (eBook - 1. Aufl. 2014)

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London, 1732: Nora Reed, the daughter of a merchant, falls hopelessly in love with her father's clerk, Simon. Despite their differing social class, the star-crossed lovers dream of a future on a tropical island - until tragedy strikes, and Nora must face a life without her soulmate. Hopeless, Nora enters a marriage of convenience with Elias Fortnam, a widower and sugar planter in Jamaica. Even without Simon, she is determined to somehow fulfill their tropical fantasy. But life in the Caribbean doesn't turn out as Nora had dreamt. Nora is deeply shocked by the way plantation owners treat the slaves and decides to shake things up on her own sugar cane plantation - for the better. Surprisingly, her adult stepson Doug supports her in this endeavor when he arrives from Europe. However, his return also puts things into a state of turmoil - especially Nora's feelings. Just as Nora seems to be settling into her role as lady of the house, one harrowing event rips everything from her but her life ... A gripping tale of love and hate, trust and betrayal, and a thrilling destiny set against the pristine beaches and swaying palmtrees of the tropics. For fans of Kathleen Grissom,THE KITCHEN HOUSE, Alex Haley, ROOTS: THE SAGA OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY, and Sue Monk Kidd, THE INVENTION OF WINGS.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783838753218
Publisher: Bastei Entertainment
Publication date: 10/03/2014
Series: Caribbean Islands Saga , #1
Sold by: Readbox
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 345,309
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

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.

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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.