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In the Land of the Long White Cloud [Excerpt] by Sarah Lark

In the Land of the Long White Cloud [Excerpt] by Sarah Lark

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Helen Davenport, governess for a wealthy London household, longs for a family of her own—but nearing her late twenties, she knows her prospects are dim. Then she spots an advertisement seeking young women to marry New Zealand’s honorable bachelors and begins an affectionate correspondence with a gentleman farmer. When her church offers to pay her travels under an unusual arrangement, she jumps at the opportunity.

Meanwhile, not far away in Wales, beautiful and daring Gwyneira Silkham, daughter of a wealthy sheep breeder, is bored with high society. But when a mysterious New Zealand baron deals her father an unlucky blackjack hand, Gwyn’s hand in marriage is suddenly on the table. Her family is outraged, but Gwyn is thrilled to escape the life laid out for her.

The two women meet on the ship to Christchurch—Helen traveling in steerage, Gwyn first class—and become unlikely friends. When their new husbands turn out to be very different than expected, the women must help one another find the life—and love— they’d hoped for.
Helen Davenport, governess for a wealthy London household, longs for a family of her own—but nearing her late twenties, she knows her prospects are dim. Then she spots an advertisement seeking young women to marry New Zealand’s honorable bachelors and begins an affectionate correspondence with a gentleman farmer. When her church offers to pay her travels under an unusual arrangement, she jumps at the opportunity.

Meanwhile, not far away in Wales, beautiful and daring Gwyneira Silkham, daughter of a wealthy sheep breeder, is bored with high society. But when a mysterious New Zealand baron deals her father an unlucky blackjack hand, Gwyn’s hand in marriage is suddenly on the table. Her family is outraged, but Gwyn is thrilled to escape the life laid out for her.

The two women meet on the ship to Christchurch—Helen traveling in steerage, Gwyn first class—and become unlikely friends. When their new husbands turn out to be very different than expected, the women must help one another find the life—and love— they’d hoped for.

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IN THE LAND
 of the Lon
WHITE CLOUD
SARAH LARK
TRANSLATED BY D. W. LOVETT
 
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The Anglican Church in Christchurch, New Zealand, is seeking decent young women, well versed in housekeeping and child rearing, interested in entering into a Christian marriage with highly esteemed, well-situated members of our congregation.
H
elens gaze xed briefy on the unobtrusive advertisement on thelast page o the church leafet. The teacher had browsed through
the booklet while her students worked silently on a grammar exercise.Helen would have preerred to read a book, but William’s constant
questions broke her concentration. Even now, the eleven-year-old
lited his brown mop top rom his work.
“In the third paragraph, Miss Davenport, is it supposed to be
which
or 
that 
?Helen pushed her reading aside with a sigh and explained to theboy, or the umpteenth time that week, the dierence between de-nite and indenite relative clauses. William, the youngest son o her employer, Robert Greenwood, was a handsome boy, but not exactlygited with a brilliant intellect. He needed help with every assign-ment and orgot Helens explanations aster than she could give them;he knew only how to gaze with touching helplessness at grown-ups,roping them in with his sweet boyhood soprano. Lucinda, William’smother, ell or it every time. Whenever the boy snuggled up to her and suggested they do some little project together, Lucinda scrappedthe ater-school tutoring that Helen had arranged. For that reason,
William still could not read fuently, and even the easiest spelling
exercises were hopelessly over his head. Attending a university likeCambridge or Oxord, as his ather dreamed, was unthinkable.

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