By Sarah Lark
Helen Davenport, governess for a filthy rich London family, longs for a relations of her own—but nearing her past due twenties, she is aware her clients are dim. Then she spots an commercial looking younger women to marry New Zealand’s honorable bachelors and starts an affectionate correspondence with a gentleman farmer. while her church bargains to pay her travels less than an strange association, she jumps on the opportunity.
Meanwhile, round the corner in Wales, appealing and bold Gwyneira Silkham, daughter of a filthy rich sheep breeder, is uninterested in excessive society. but if a mysterious New Zealand baron offers her father an unfortunate blackjack hand, Gwyn’s hand in marriage is by surprise at the desk. Her kinfolk is outraged, yet Gwyn is delighted to flee the existence laid out for her.
The girls meet at the send to Christchurch—Helen touring in steering, Gwyn first class—and turn into not likely acquaintances. whilst their new husbands develop into very assorted than anticipated, the ladies needs to aid each other locate the life—and love— they’d was hoping for.
Set opposed to the backdrop of colonial nineteenth-century New Zealand, within the Land of the lengthy White Cloud is a hovering saga of friendship, romance, and unforgettable event.
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How am I still here then? I couldn’t swim when I was five. ” His voiced droned as if in a trance, just another story told to a stranger at closing time. “God, I liked her. She was this tasty blonde-haired doll. Teeny, high voice. Swear if you stuck a finger in her, she’d squeak. Family had a cottage up the road. We were in her room, her parents out somewhere. I had my hand up her shirt. She was one of those pristine Catholic girls, so it was a big deal just getting to second base. ” He sighed with fond remembrance.
I don’t like being plugged in to someone’s beck and call. I didn’t own a computer. Rarely used the Internet for anything. Didn’t even have an email address. At least not one I ever checked. I didn’t have time to sit on my ass playing video games or ogling pictures of naked women. I was too busy busting my ass to keep my head above water. LAMENTATION 33 I could picture this business of his. A gang of pasty dope fiends gacking over circuit boards and Legend of Zelda, or whatever nerds played these days.
I kept a stash of candy in my glove compartment. His mother wouldn’t approve, but she wasn’t around, was she? And I wasn’t one of those fathers who bought into all that new-age parenting bullshit. No sugar. No TV. A forced regimen from the crib through college. My parents didn’t do that with us, and we turned out all right. Well, at least one of us did. The snow that had fallen was the wet, heavy kind—perfect for snowballs and stacking—and several snowmen, in various states of construction, dotted the knoll.