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.
About the Author
Born in Germany and now a resident of Spain, Sarah Lark 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 made her a bestselling author worldwide.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Kathleen and Micheal grow up together in Ireland, fall in love, want to leave Ireland together, because of the potato famine and immigrate to America where they won't be bound by the English Caste system. They pin all of their hopes and dreams of being together and the freedom that they will have in America. When Kathleen becomes pregnant, without being wed, her family urges her to marry another--Micheal has been convicted of stealing grain and is shipped off to the Penal colony in Australia. Reluctantly, Kathleen weds Ian Coltrane, who is a dishonest horse trader. The book follows Kathleen's miserable life with Ian and they have 3 children. Michael meets a fellow penal colony convict named Lizzie on the ship that is bound for Australia. Lizzie fancies herself in love with Michael, but Michael only cares for his Kathleen. Sixteen years go by, and Kathleen becomes a widow. She finds Micheal not far from where she lives in New Zealand. This was a great adventure, romance novel. Reminded me of The Thorn Birds, in some ways, as it follows the characters through their lives. It has claimed its spot on my favorites shelf.