The Fire Blossom

The Fire Blossom

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Overview

The bestselling author of the Sea of Freedom Trilogy returns with a sweeping family saga of two women in nineteenth-century New Zealand and their epic journey to survive in a world of their own making.

It’s 1837, and immigrating to a small New Zealand fishing village is an opportunity for Ida Lange’s family to build a better future. Yet for Ida, raised in a strict, religious, tight-knit German community, so much is still forbidden to a woman. Yearning for the poor day laborer she shared books with as a child, Ida is now trapped in a dire marriage to a man of her father’s choosing.

For Cat, who came of age in New Zealand under brutal conditions, life in the colonies hasn’t been easy. Through a strange turn of events, she is adopted by a native Maori tribe, and she begins to thrive. But when she challenges the traditions of her tribe, she’s banished, and left once again to rely on the only person she can trust with her future: herself.

When fate brings Ida and Cat together, they recognize in each other a kindred spirit. Out of common ground grows an enduring friendship that will not be broken by the hardships of the plains, threats from the past, or the trials of family and heartache. What they’ll discover is the depth of their own strength and resilience as they get nearer to the freedom they desire and demand. And their journey is just beginning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542044820
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 08/13/2019
Series: Fire Blossom Saga Series , #1
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 886,616
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Sarah Lark, born in Germany and now a resident of Spain, is a bestselling author of historical fiction, including the Sea of Freedom Trilogy and the In the Land of the Long White Cloud saga. She is a horse aficionado and former travel guide who has experienced many of the world’s most beautiful landscapes on horseback. Through her adventures, she has developed an intimate relationship with the places she’s visited and the characters who live there. In her writing, Lark introduces readers to a New Zealand full of magic, beauty, and charm. Her ability to weave romance with history and to explore all the dark and triumphal corners of the human condition has resonated with readers worldwide.

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The Fire Blossom 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 15 days ago
This story is set in New Zealand at a time when people were just discovering life in that country and struggling to make a living raising sheep. I have read this author's novels before and have always enjoyed them and found her to be a wonderful storyteller! The history was fascinating and the research was on point. As this is book 1 in this saga, I look forward to more. My thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 19 days ago
I give this book 5 stars! Simply because it kept my attention from beginning to lol the end. I enjoyed this book. The cover looked interesting so I requested it. This new to me author didn't disappoint!! I loved her writing and the book was interesting all the way through. I enjoyed travelling to that place and time and I learned a few things along the way. I got to go to New Zealand without having to spend money lol! I recommend this book because the author does a fabulous job in pulling you into the story My thanks to Netgalley for a complimentary copy of this book. NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own.
NKBookReviewer 3 months ago
The Fire Blossom by author Sarah Lark was a gritty tale of German immigrants to New Zealand. The author had done extensive research on the immigrants as well as the natives. This was a subject I knew nothing about and now feel like I have a better grasp of the situation. The characters were well defined. My heart went out to poor Ida and Kitten. Both women were strong and developed a friendship that made them even stronger. Some of the men were horrible and abusive, even rapist. Others were kind and just. In this book I found a lack of genuine faith which bothered me. The religious men were not really men of faith. Even the minister of the village visited the prostitutes. There is idolatry, adultery, thievery, fornication, murder, drunkenness, but also lessons in forgiveness, adventure, and survival. The book was well written and for the most part held my attention. Some parts I did skim over because they were mundane or against my own religious beliefs. I would rate this a 3 out of 5 stars.
NKBookReviewer 3 months ago
The Fire Blossom by author Sarah Lark was a gritty tale of German immigrants to New Zealand. The author had done extensive research on the immigrants as well as the natives. This was a subject I knew nothing about and now feel like I have a better grasp of the situation. The characters were well defined. My heart went out to poor Ida and Kitten. Both women were strong and developed a friendship that made them even stronger. Some of the men were horrible and abusive, even rapist. Others were kind and just. In this book I found a lack of genuine faith which bothered me. The religious men were not really men of faith. Even the minister of the village visited the prostitutes. There is idolatry, adultery, thievery, fornication, murder, drunkenness, but also lessons in forgiveness, adventure, and survival. The book was well written and for the most part held my attention. Some parts I did skim over because they were mundane or against my own religious beliefs. I would rate this a 3 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This book is a saga in itself. It details a group of Lutherans who travel from Germany to New Zealand to try to make a place in the world for themselves. There is much hardship. Now, don't get to thinking this is a calm, religious story. There is a lot of rape, alcohol use and domestic abuse in the story. There is some history wound around the plot. I did like the story and would read more from this author. The story is told from several different viewpoints which makes it more interesting as well.
Anonymous 3 months ago
It's a story about how two brave young women struggle to survive in the new colony of New Zealand, they come from very different back grounds and become best friends. Ida Lange is a young girl who lives in a Lutheran community in Prussia ( Germany) and she has been looking after her younger siblings since her mother passed away during childbirth. She's friends with a boy at school, Karl Jensch's family are poor and her father doesn't approve of their friendship. Both teenagers are forced to leave school, Ida is needed at home. Karl's father can't afford for him to stay at school and he needs to start work. Both Ida and Karl are bright, eager and keen students and it's a shame when they're forced to leave school. A few years later, the opportunity arises for the Lutheran community to emigrate to New Zealand, Ida's father is very keen, he wants Ida to marry Ottfried Brandmann, he's the local bully, they become engaged and they're families plan the journey across the ocean to their new home. Karl is a hard worker and he manages to find a way of being able to be on the same ship as Ida, her family isn't happy about it and he moves to New Zealand. Kitten is a young girl who's struggling survive living in a remote area in New Zealand near a whaling station, she runs away from the local tavern where she has been living, she's concerned that she will be made to work as a prostitute, and finds a new home with a Maori tribe. Later she is forced to leave when the tribe decides she has betrayed them. Eventually, Cat and Ida meet and become best friends. I enjoyed reading about New Zealand, Maori culture, language, beliefs, herbal medicine, food, and how they lived. The author has done a lot of research into how Maori people lived at the time and also about Lutheran settlers leaving Prussia to live in New Zealand. The book is a long one, the main part of the story is really a saga, it's about how Ida and Cat struggle to live in a male dominated world where women are not treated as equals and both women suffer terrible abuse in the story. I really didn't like that most of the book and story was based around domestic violence, drinking and rape. I have read other books by Sarah Lark that I have really enjoyed, this one was only ok and I gave it 3 stars.
ShanHutch 3 months ago
What a fantastic book! I actually came upon Fire Blossom in a very roundabout way. I have been a lover of Sarah Lark for a few years now and I've read two of her series, so I looked her up at my library and they only had one audiobook for her. And it was in German. Hmm. So I try to figure out what the title of this German book might be, and what do I find? This book has only recently been translated into English and it's available through Netgalley right now even though it hasn't officially come out yet. A quick rearrange of all the books I was planning to read next to make way for this and I'm glad I did. This book is similar in many ways to In the Land of the Long White Cloud. It is about early white settlers to New Zealand and all the drama that goes along with trying to make it in a (mostly) virgin land. It is, above all, a romance novel, though the lyrical writing/translating and the obvious research make this book virtually unputdownable. Every time I tried to do something with my life that wasn't read, I caught myself thinking of Cat, Ida, and Jane, and wondering how they were going to get out of their predicaments. I hope the sequel has already been translated so I don't have to wait too long to revisit all my favorite characters! I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.