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Publisher's Summary

From the author of Toward the Sea of Freedom comes a novel of the triumphs, tragedies, and courage of two women bravely changing the tide of history...

As the nineteenth century draws to a close, the struggle for women’s suffrage has finally reached New Zealand. But when the tide of change rolls in, it threatens to engulf two young women from very different backgrounds, who are coming of age amid the tumult.

Torn between the two worlds that make up her heritage, Matariki Drury is the daughter of a successful white businesswoman and a descendant of Maori royalty. Scarred by poverty and hoping to make a new life for herself in this strange and forbidding land, Violet Paisley is the middle child of a poor Welsh coal-mining family.

Drawn together by their shared commitment to social change, and tested by traumas that neither of them could foresee, these two independent-minded women will find themselves thrust onto the front lines of the fight for equal rights and racial justice. To win their place in this world, they must learn to rise above their personal pain and choose a path of reconciliation rather than retribution.

©2018 Sarah Lark (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2018 by D. W. Lovett.

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This book held my attention till it got to the sex part why ? Do we have to have that.

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Beneath the Kauri Tree

Loved this book especially the historical value of it. The writer is very talented however the pronunciations of the Maori words by the reader left alot to be desired and took away from the value of the book. I would recommend the book for those looking for New Zealand history in a novel. I've down rated the book because of the mispronunciations of words which is offensive to a maori reader (being myself)

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Promote her liberal homosexual ideas

Very sexually explicit and immoral
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Good character development but too much emphasis on sex, rate and homosexuality

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beautiful

wonderful story built throughout the series drew me into history lesson of my own country NZ sad & uplifting moments maintained the hopes of something better
well done by the narrator to pronounce Maori words she did quite well

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Book 2 in the series

Loved it and enjoyed that it followed on so closely to the first book. Now I cannot wait to listen to the last book in the series. I knew very little about the colonization of New Zealand and what it entailed so have gleaned knowledge about it. Well narrated and lively storytelling.

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  • 10-30-21

Incorrect pronunciation

Good storyline however mispronunciation of Maori and English words was very frustrating however I did persevere because of the storyline

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  • 03-10-21

I Love Sarah Lark book

As always Sarah Larks books capture my imagination, although as a Kiwi, I found the pronunciation of most of the Maori words needed a bit more work. Very well read though, and helped me through my long travel times daily.