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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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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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
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
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
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
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
❀ Mary ❀
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
Nelda Pearson
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
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
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
No empecé muy inspirada. Esto de la era digital me tiene añorando el papel. Pero así y todo, empujada por mis pibas de los libros, continue un poco más...y un poco más. Y ya que estamos seguimos,se puso interesante! Pero que ganas de ahorcar a más de uno y llorar con unas cuantas otras! Un gran viaje a la tierra de los maoríes para conocer cuánto de similar y cuánto de diferente tenian con los colonos del siglo XIX, y ya estoy ansiosa por leer el siguiente :D
Kaut gan šo autori ievēroju ar pavisam citu grāmatu no citas grāmatu sērijas (“Maoru zelts”), man rokās pirmā nonāca tieši šī grāmata un tāpēc es arī to sāku lasīt kā pirmo darbu, kuras autore ir Sāra Larka.

Kaut gan Jaunzēlande nekad nav bijusi mana sapņu zeme (jo manu sapņu zemēs ir visiem iecienītā Ēģipte, Austrālija, Grieķija, Rumānija), tomēr esmu ar mieru iekļaut šo valsti kā ceļamērķi apskatei, jo autore tik dzīvi apraksta šo valsti, kā tā vien nagi niez un aizbraukt apskatīt to pašas acīm
Lee Roversi
a summer with many beach days demands a fine historical novel and this one delivers. not to be confused with an excellent book - this is an engaging and fun read. i really liked it, as i did my afternoons with it at the beach.
Un libro que removió muchas emociones en mi, en momentos quise entrar en el y poner en su lugar a tantas personas, wow bastante extraño.
Gaby Franz
El libro es largo, pero no por eso tedioso. Me ha parecido muy original leer una novela romántica en donde los protagonistas sean dos mujeres, en donde los hombres giran a su alrededor acompañando pero no opacándolas.

Una trama elaborada, con muchos detalles y tramas secundarias que giran magistralmente en torno a la principal. El amor no es el principal tema de la novela y eso me ha encantado.

Me hubiera gustado que Helen tuviera más protagonismo, pero es notorio que la autora se enamoró de Gwyne
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
I would actually give this book 3.5 stars. Some parts were a little slow, and it was much longer than I expected, but it was a fascinating story.

We are introduced to Helen, a governess for a wealthy family, and Gwen, the daughter of a sheep baron. Helen has answered an ad from a church parish in New Zealand, asking for wives for gentleman farmers, and Gwen's hand in marriage was won by a visiting New Zealand sheep baron during a game of cards. They meet on the ship crossing to New Zealand and be
Virginia Campbell
In the 70's, celebrated authors wrote great epic novels, "door stoppers", which were often turned into grand TV mini-series heavily populated with stars of cinema and stage. Both the books and the film versions were fabulous entertainment, often making superstars of authors and actors. I miss those days! "In the Land of the Long White Cloud", by author Sarah Lark, is a sweeping saga which embraces the realities of life for women in the 1800's, and it is also a reminder of "be careful what you wi ...more
Helen Davenport is a governess who wants a family of her own. She answers an ad for gentlemen seeking brides in New Zealand from the respectable English ladies who wish to emigrate. Gywniera Silkham is a member of the Welsh nobility. When her father loses a game of cards to a New Zealand "gentleman" farmer, Gwyniera is packed off to New Zealand with a dowry of horses and sheep to be the wife of this gentleman's son.

Sarah Lark writes a sweeping family saga of these two strong-willed women who co
Long, sweeping historical fiction saga...didn't know it was going to be this long when I picked it up as a Kindle Daily Deal, but overall it turned out OK.

Two women in the 1900's decide to leave England for New Zealand: one is lonely and answers an ad for brides in a town with too many men and not enough brides, and the other is eager to leave her home and be on her own, though she probably wasn't thinking it was going to be via her dad losing a card game in which she was the bet.

Both women arri
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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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