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Toward the Sea of Freedom

(Kauri-Trilogie #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  4,369 ratings  ·  242 reviews
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 c
Paperback, 560 pages
Published January 19th 2016 by Amazon Crossing (first published 2010)
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Maria Espadinha
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Cloud in the Silver Lining

Freedom and Sea — this couple of words in a book title had the effect of a magnet 🧲 in my neurons. After meeting those two words in a title, reading the corresponding book was not an option 😉
However, since in a book there’s more than a title, right now I’m supposed to tell you if the story has been equally pleasurable.
Well... yes, but not in that idyllic way I was dreaming about...
Let me just tell you that every silver lining frames a cloud, and leaving the title t
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is Sarah Lark's most recent book about the settling of New Zealand. As a New Zealander, I appreciate the detailed research into our country's background with both the Maori and pakeha cultures. One again there are strong female characters in her story line. I wonder if I would have survived the hardships that families, and women in particular, found upon arrival in NZ during those times. This book is set in time of the gold rush days in Otago. I am a fan of Sarah Lark's books and have read ...more
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Mixed bag, this one. I very much enjoyed the vivid Australian and New Zealand historical setting and the obvious wealth of research. The main characters, though, drove me to distraction. I wanted to shake them all by the shoulders and tell them to grow up and move on.
It was a fortunate accident to run across this series while looking up the trees of New Zealand. While the series is named after the kauri tree, it’s actually a work of historical fiction by a German author. It's about a couple who are separated during the Irish potato famine—the man ending up imprisoned on Van Dieman’s Land in Australia and the woman ending up in the middle of the New Zealand gold rush. Throughout the book, they move both closer and farther apart from each other, and the reader ...more
This is the first book in the trilogy by Sara Lark. Continuing with my series reads in the month of October. I think I loved her Long White Cloud Saga better.

This is a very nice story spanning over time. It is set in Ireland and England and is a story of a young girl, Mary Kathleen who is very much a beautiful lass who falls in love with Michael who has all the words that makes her feel good and handsome to boot. Although he has good intentions, unfortunately he gets her pregnant and is arrested
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Sigh .... Done. Fabulous, I am falling in love with New Zealand, through the work of Sarah Lark (historical novels) and Rosalind James (romance novels). Truly, it seems like a one-of-a-kind, fabulous place.
Mara Vernon
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
I thought this book had potential, and also felt it could have been a lot shorter. The flip flopping in behavioral and moral character of the characters in the book left me feeling like they were all bipolar. The setting and history of the book I liked. The character development and backsliding from deep to shallow I did not like.
phyllis piasecki
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed it

I liked this book because of all the places they went. I liked all the different personalities Michael and Elizabeth I liked the best. I will read another of Sarah Lark's books.
Lisa Hart
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting setting and history, but it could have been about 150 pages shorter. There were a few times I had to push myself through some sections.
sarah lark really just copied "the fields of athenry" and didn't even bother changing the names of the characters. i love it. ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweeping sagas spanning time and place are all the rage right? This sweeping saga is set first in Ireland and then in Australia and New Zealand and the history of the novel -- history I have never really been acquainted with -- makes it worth the read.
The reason for my 3 (possibly 3.5) star rating is the length. I am never one to complain about long books if the length is necessary to advance the plot. Once I got to Lizzie and Kahu I was pretty well done. Additionally, I am somewhat tired of cha
Ana Cremades
As always, Sarah Lark has fascinated me with another story overseas.
It has the same elements of her previous novels, a romance gone wrong, new romances blooming, a new land, lot of hard work, sheep, horses (in this case) and, I'm afraid, some rape as well.
I haven't found yet a book by this woman better than The White Cloud, that's my favourite.

In this book you see how people evolve, and, although we would like it to be otherwise, how your first love can no longer be the same one once time has p
Mary Barrett
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read!

I love historically based novels. I had absolutely no knowledge of New Zealand, other than it is near Australia and that my kids music teacher had immigrated from there in the 1970's.
I loved how intense the feelings ran when the story started in Ireland during the Potato Famine . You could almost feel as the characters felt. The English deportation of prisoners for as little as stealing a loaf of bread and the prison ships transporting them to Australia. All through this tragic time
Mar 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Sarah Lark.
Always like Sarah Lark's style and writings - amazing follower to her first trilogy! ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
Even though I had a good idea on how this was going to go from the first few chapters, and this book was pretty long, it was pretty good! I liked the characters for the most part (though the guys are for the most part horrid?! wouldn't go back to that if I was them but whatever). Normally I wouldn't care too much for a book like this that's over 300pgs but this was good! ...more
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable book, it was fun to learn more about New Zealand. A book that takes place on an island for Popsugar challenge
Anne Monteith

Sarah Lark has become one of my favorite authors. I loved her first trilogy set in New Zealand, I enjoyed the second series set in the Caribbean and now with her latest she has once again returned to New Zealand.

The story is begins in Ireland and England. In Ireland, the potatoes have been rotting in the fields for years and the Irish are struggling to survive by eating whatever they can find. Michael and Mary Kathleen are two young lovers who dream of leaving Ireland and Michael want
I love listening to these historical fiction books, especially the ones that are a trilogy as they take me away to far off lands and along with the enjoyment I also learn a bit of history. This one starts in Ireland and then we are taken aboard a ship that is sailing with both male and female prisoners that are being sent to New Zealand. This was a well-researched novel and there were a few parts where the language of the Moari people had me confused but all in all it was a great story to listen ...more
Rachel Glass
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May 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 *
I loved all the historical information you got. As I've read books about prisoners who were sent overseas for petty crime was not new to me and also not the hardship they had to endure on the ships wasn't new to me. The woman perspective was though and I also liked the difference of the transit between Lizzy and Kathleen.
But for one or other reason I didn't like the Lizzie character and I honestly don't know why. Maybe 'cause her introduction was less interesting and shorter of that of Kath
Mary Eve
Toward the Sea of Freedom

I have always fantasized about Australia. Oh! Probably since I was a young girl, how I dreamed of visiting such a fascinating locale. Unfortunately, my travels have yet to take me to the great Oz. Until then, I must be content to visit such beauty through armchair adventures. Sarah Lark's brilliant tales of the land down under (and plenty of New Zealand) ensure I get my fill of a continent that completely appeals to my sense of travel. I cannot express how sincerely deli
Lindsay Pate
I found this book to be a decent read. I thought it covered early New Zealand history, a topic that I knew next to nothing about, very well. I thought Maoris were portrayed beautifully throughout the book. My favorite character was Lizzie. She was such a force of nature, a true fighter & survivor. My heart both broke for her during her struggles to escape her past & soared for her as she finally got the hard earned success she deserved. She was by far the heroine in the book. In fact, I wish she ...more
Betty Davidge
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From Ireland and England to the land of New Zealand .

This book primarily follows the lives of three people through
The pit falls,adventures and tragedy that befalls them.This novel
Weaves a common web between the three people that peaks and ebbs through their story of migration to New Zealand.
I am definitely a avid fan of Sarah Lark.. She is without doubt a great author . Toward the sea of Freedom is a good book,example of her prowess. Having said that,It drug on in spots. I skipped some wordy s
Meredith Dobson
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book because of the way the characters were drawn and the historic details. It was a little long and, I thought, bogged down some in the middle, but over all, I liked the whole story line. It was hard to read some of the brutality particularly on the prisoner ship but also of the brutal life in and around the mining camps. However, I know that is authentic to the setting and to the times. As a person who is deeply involved in genealogical research particularly in Ireland at this tim ...more
Melba Hard
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommended.

What an incredible book, I bought this book a while ago but never read it. It was only when I saw that the sequel advertised that I remembered it. At least I won't have to wait long to find out what happens to Michael, Lizzie ,Peter, Kathleen and the children.
I found this book so interesting not just the people in it but the historical detail and the Maori culture which I already knew a little of from the years that I spent in New Zealand.
I really enjoy this author and the tra
Cindy Woods
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good read

This is a very interesting historical romance fiction that is truly an eye opener. This author obviously did her research. It is a book hard to put down. It is also hard to read in many instances. The abuse of women is a theme that continues throughout. Hard to read about, but necessary to document. I would most definitely recommend this book very highly. Original plot.
Nicole Romero chaidez
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
BEST READ I've had in a long time. I LOVE how descriptive the author was of both character and environments. It was hard to carry on with every day obligations knowing that there was so much more to read. The length of the book was wonderful as well; it's the kind of story you just don't want to end. Loved every word from beginning to end!! ...more
Yadira Meredith
Definitely Sarah Lark disappointed me with this book. In other of her books I didn't want the end, but with this is only that I wanted ...more
Amanda Johnson
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very good.
Amanda Johnson
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good! Love the characters and looking forward to following their stories
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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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