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En el país de la nube blanca (Neuseeland-Saga #1)

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Londres, 1852: dos chicas emprenden la travesía en barco hacia Nueva Zelanda. Para ellas significa el comienzo de una nueva vida como futuras esposas de unos hombres a quienes no conocen. Gwyneira, de origen noble, está prometida al hijo de un magnate de la lana, mientras que Helen, institutriz de profesión, ha respondido a la solicitud de matrimonio de un granjero. Ambas ...more
Paperback, 752 pages
Published April 2011 by Ediciones B (first published 2007)
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Nov 27, 2012 Virginia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the English version of this novel. It started strong with the story of two women making their way to New Zealand in the mid-1800's to start their new lives as wives of men they had never met. Helen had answered an ad to become a wife under fraudulent circumstances. Gwyn, the daughter of a proper English Lord, was betrothed to the son of a man who had, in effect, won her in a poker game from her father. Both were disappointed in their lives as sheep farmers in the NZ outback.

As soon as th

No se por dónde empezar a hablar de este libro. Me gustó tanto la historia, los personajes y la forma en que está escrito que me lo devoré, a pesar de ser relativamente largo.
Hace mucho que no sufría tanto por los protagonistas de un libro, quizás porque uno siempre asume que van a estar bien (a menos que estés leyendo a George R. R. Martin), pero en este caso sentí casi desde el principio que cualquier cosa podía ocurrir, y creo que eso es en gran parte lo que lo vuelve tan bueno.

Hay dos pro
This is the story of two young women from England and Wales in the 1850s traveling by ship to colonial New Zealand at the beginning of its colonization. It's about friendship, it has a little romance, and some adventure. You will be reading about two heroines I found that I enjoyed both women. Helen is going as a mail order bride and Gwyneira a sheep Baron's young and wild daughter who was pretty much won in a Blackjack game. I enjoyed the narrative style of the author and could not put the book ...more
Katherine Coble
I had to give up on this. I am not sure where the blame lies but either the author or the translator has:
Wales as a part of England
New Zealanders circa 1860 using the word "Mom"
New Zealand currency unit described as "dollars" instead of pounds
...these and several dozen other colloquial missteps and factual errors made the story almost impossible to get lost in.

Since it's a fairly straight-forward soap saga (a genre I enjoy from time to time) I can make a good argument for these nitpicky (excep
Jan 27, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book in my opinion was really good.

Which makes me want to clarify something. The reviews for this title were all over the place. Some hated it, some loved it.

It is not an easy book, first of all it rather long and some of the content is rather disturbing.

However I would like to point out the reasons why I really liked it.

The setting-

Almost the whole story, except for in the beginning take place in New Zealand. Now for those of you who have seen The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, kn
Dawnelle Wilkie
I did not expect to like this book. It's a 700 page "sweeping epic" [said with the requisite eye roll] promising small-r romance and more than you'd ever want to know about sheep farming in late 1800s New Zealand. In other words, over 700 reasons for me not to read this book. But I have a fascination with New Zealand (the impact of colonialism on native cultures, in particular) and I'm a sucker for any kind of Big Adventure. Strong female characters + Adventure = why not?!

The good: the novel sta
Jul 26, 2014 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
Este livro foi uma excelente surpresa. Desde que a Editora Marcador o deu a conhecer, fiquei encantada com a sua sinopse e com a capa, que a meu ver é bastante bonita. Assim, depois de ter estado na estante durante uns tempinhos, decidi lê-lo. E posso dizer que fiquei muito, muito satisfeita. No País da Nuvem Branca é um romance muito interessante. É uma saga familiar, que abarca um período de cerca de vinte anos da vida das personagens.

Tudo começa quando Helen Davenport, professora particular
Jan 18, 2014 Rodrigo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Great start. Not so great ending. I know this wasn't about reading a master piece in Literature, but I had listened to so many good comments about this saga that I thought it would be really great. Lark really grabbed me at first: interesting plot about two different girls who go to the almost unexplored New Zealand to marry men they don't know. Well told and apparently interesting characters, Helen and Gwyneira. Besides, there were so many elements that could have built a wonderful story: six o ...more
I probably could finish this if I exerted a little energy, but I just don't feel like it. It wasn't badly written, I just got bored.
More rape than romance.

I had picked this up as a light romantic complement to my other dark/scary/serious reads. I thought this would be a historical fiction version of my favorite romance series Escape to New Zealand. It's none of those things. It's a sad rapy VC Andrews kind of story. And not the good VC Andrews. No it is not. I grant you that I put this book down at 60% when one of the main male characters was asking himself if killing a baby animal would make him a man. I had one answer:

Apr 11, 2015 Soli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh, 2-stars, reviewed
Tenia potencial, pero fracaso
Tiene sus puntos positivos y originales, pero mucho drama, demasiadas páginas, sufrimiento sin sentido...
como la vida Ba dum tss
Eso hizo que sintiese aversión hacia el libro, aunque fue original tener dos protagonistas femenino.
Hay muchas puntos que comentar, pero no creo ser capaz explicar todo lo que no me gusto
En conclusion...
¿Leería los siguientes libros?
Sara Snow
The funny thing is that I read this book while nursing my second daughter, and I read The Thornbirds while nursing my first. The two books were similar in many ways...multi generational stories about life, love, and working the land despite what nature has dealt them. It was a fun read and interesting as I hadn't given much thought to New Zealand as a country before. Plus I love those "as God as my witness" powerful female characters who work their fingers to the bone day in and day out just to ...more
Jul 09, 2012 Ivette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so sad I finished reading it! What a great novel. I watched the characters unfold beautifully and came to love them, hate them and love them again. A story about being true to yourself, finding your place in the world, and ultimately conquering obstacles through love. Beautiful story and beautifully written.
Dull dialogue and clichéd writing; historical fiction – romantic possibly, but I did not get far enough to find out. What prompted me to put this on the wanted list? Probably some overblown review in the Globe & Mail.
Dec 02, 2015 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Complètement emportée par ce roman ! J'avais tellement envie d'en connaître la fin, sans vouloir le finir ! Je me sens un peu vide là...
Maria João
Mar 27, 2016 Maria João rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meu, 2016
fantástico. venha o próximo
My favourite genre (historical fiction) combined with my favourite country (New Zealand). What could be better? Well, quite some things, as it turns out.

The book had a slow start for me, I thought the writing was a bit mediocre and the story didn't attract me so much. Luckily, after a few chapters, I got used to the writing, the story moved from England to New Zealand which made it more interesting, and I accepted the fact that instead of a beautiful historically rich family saga I would have t
Que historia!!!! Dejando de lado que me demoré un montón en terminarla por motivos de tiempo, es realmente una gran historia.

Ambientada en Nueva Zelanda en la época de la colonización, hay que tener buena memoria para recordar la cantidad de personajes que aparecen en está novela porque aunque aparezcan en pocas paginas todos son importantes en la historia. Me parece que las dos mujeres protagonistas Gwyn y Helen desde el comienzo demostraron ser mujeres de carácter e inteligentes, se podría dec
I didn't manage to finish this book. I liked the plot and the characters, but since I don't speak German, I had to buy a copy in my language, Croatian. I don't want to say the translation is bad, because it obviously isn't, I checked the English version, too. However, the syntax is rather off. Sentence construction and word order aren't exactly "Croatian", they are more characteristic of the Germanic languages. This really bugged me throughout almost whole book, because I like a nice word flow. ...more
Nelda Pearson
Aug 28, 2013 Nelda Pearson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up through a daily deal on Kindle. So glad I did. Written originally in German and translated by an American, this is the first in a series about the settlement of New Zealand. It focuses on the lives and fortunes of two English women and their children. Gwyneira is the third daughter of a Welsh lord, sheep farmer, and dog and horse breeder. Gerald Warren, a New Zealand sheep baron, comes to their estate to buy prize sheep for breeding and spots Gwyneira, for heir breeding. He "win ...more
Sep 28, 2015 Emi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Tout prend place en Angleterre. Hélène se satisfait mal de sa condition d’institutrice auprès de ses deux jeunes pupilles et aspire à fonder sa propre famille. Mais voilà, elle se fait vieille (presque 30 ans, imaginez-vous!!…) et n’a pas une condition suffisamment importante dans son pays pour prétendre « intéressé » un potentiel mari. Au détour d’un journal elle tombe sur le fameux article vantant les mérites d’une communauté en plein essor en Nouvelle Zélande comptant des hommes cherchant
Lo primero de todo, decir que este es un libro escrito por una mujer, para mujeres, los protagonistas masculinos están muy poco desarrollados y la mayoría tiene un "papel malvado" o "insípido" en la historia, más bien es una novela feminista en la cual las mujeres lo hacen todo o casi todo mejor que los hombres. Con una narración en tercera persona, pero centrada en el punto de visto de un personaje más que en otros, sobre todo conoceremos más el punto de vista de Gwyneira, Helen, Lucas, George ...more
May 05, 2012 Isabel rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Where to start? So many things to say about this book. The first thing I noticed was the cover, it got my attention and made me find out about it. After reading a bit about what it was about I went to get it.
The XIX century was tricky for women, they were usually told what to do, who to marry, what was expected from them. They usually followed instructions and found out was to make the best out the situation they found themselves.
Helen is an "older woman" for that time, about to beco
Tanja Berg
This was absolutely the right book at the right time. A sprawling family saga set in New Zealand, with feisty female characters and plenty of drama. I read it in the original German, which was absolutely a plus. Although it slows me down, I love to read in German. I find it a beautiful language with unique expressions. The only thing that slightly irritated me with the writing was the excessive use of exclamation marks, but I got used to it.

Two young women from very different stations in life, e
Nov 25, 2013 Debra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is from: In the Land of the Long White Cloud (In the Land of the Long White Cloud Saga) (Kindle Edition)

I bought this book through Amazon Prime, but I would gladly pay for it which I plan to do with the sequel. If it were possible, I would give this book ten stars.

I cannot believe how several people thought this book had boring parts and drug on and on. I was captivated from page one and was still captivated on the last page. This was a very difficult book to put down.

It was a very p
Mar 07, 2013 Anuca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tenía muchísimas expectativas puestas en esta novela por su temática y su ambientación. Quizás por ello no me encandiló tanto como esperaba a pesar de que me ha gustado y la considero una lectura recomendable.
¿Lo mejor? las dos mujeres protagonistas:
- De Helen me ha encantado, aunque resulte chocante, la melancolía que transmite. Es luchadora pero… no puedes evitar sentir deseos de protegerla, sentimientos que también provocará en algunos personajes de esta historia.
- Gwyneira conquista por su
No empezamos muy bien..... en las primeras páginas hay varias referencias al internado inglés de elite Eton, aquí llamado 'EATON'. ¿Como demonios puede un editorial equivocarse en una cosa tan sencilla?

Aparte de esto, el libro parece bastante interesante (de momento).

Bueno, se acabó.
Un poco decepcionante. Es la típica saga de familias enfrontadas durante generaciones, un toque de 'Romeo y Julieta' con la generación más joven, con la única diferencia que está ubicado en Nova Zelanda durante los p
Sweeping historical saga in the spirit of THE THORNBIRDS about settlers in New Zealand in the 1800's. Curiously the original book was written in German and translated to Spanish before it was published in English. The translation is very readable.

The history of the era is interwoven with believable characters and page-turning plot lines. I found the descriptions of sheep farming, gold mining, seal hunting, whaling and the colonists' interactions and relations with Maoris interesting. The societa
The storyline in "In the Land of the Long White Cloud" pulled me along through this book -- the lives of Miss Davenport, English governess and mail-order bride, and Gwyneira, the daughter of a Welsh sheep baron are well told and engrossing. I wish I read German though, because the translator from the original German was allergic to the word "said:" characters instead "sighed," "exhorted," "moaned," "shrilled," "murmured" or "shrieked" dialogue when "he said" or "she said" would have worked just ...more
Roxana Cora
Jun 17, 2016 Roxana Cora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O carte minunata! Autoarea are o imaginatie debordanta, facandu-te sa stai cu sufletul la gura. Este o adevarata feminista. construind personaje feminine foarte puternice, de la primele personaje feminine care au plecat in necunoscut, din Anglia spre Noua Zeelanda, casatorindu-se cu persoane nepotrivite, dar reusind sa se descurce admirabil, dand nastere unor familii puternice. Cele 3 romane se intind pe 4 generatii. Interesant este ca nu te plictisesc deloc, chiar daca dimensiunea cartilor este ...more
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Christiane Gohl (* 1958 in Bochum) ist eine deutsche Autorin. Gohl veröffentlicht ihre Romane auch unter den Pseudonymen Ricarda Jordan, Sarah Lark und Elisabeth Rotenberg. Neben Kinder- und Jugendbüchern rund um das Thema Pferde veröffentlicht Gohl auch Romane für Erwachsene.

Sie studierte Pädagogik und arbeitete als Fachjournalistin und Werbetexterin. Neben ihrer Tätigkeit als Autorin betreibt Go
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“he knew, but Gwyneira always drove him to desperation. “Of course I didn’t offer him anything. I appealed to his reason and sense of honor. However, these qualities don’t seem to hold much weight for him.” Terence turned away, visibly ashamed.” 2 likes
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