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The Wives of Henry Oades

A Novel
Moran, Johanna (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Wives of Henry Oades

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When Henry Oades accepts an accountancy post in New Zealand, his wife, Margaret, and their children follow him to exotic Wellington. But while Henry is an adventurer, Margaret is not. Their new home is rougher and more rustic than they expected--and a single night of tragedy shatters the family when the native Maori stage an uprising, kidnapping Margaret and her children. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; For months, Henry scours the surrounding wilderness, until all hope is lost and his wife and children are presumed dead. Grief-stricken, he books passage to California. There he marries Nancy Foreland, a young widow with a new baby, and it seems they've both found happiness in the midst of their mourning--until Henry's first wife and children show up, alive and having finally escaped captivity. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Narrated primarily by the two wives, and based on a real-life legal case, The Wives of Henry Oades is the riveting story of what happens when Henry, Margaret, and Nancy face persecution for bigamy. Exploring the intricacies of marriage, the construction of family, the changing world of the late 1800s, and the strength of two remarkable women, Johanna Moran turns this unusual family's story into an unforgettable page-turning drama.
Authors: Moran, Johanna
Title: The wives of Henry Oades
a novel
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, c2010.
Characteristics: 367 p. ;,21 cm
Notes: Includes reader's guide (p. [356]-367).
ISBN: 9780345510952
Statement of Responsibility: Johanna Moran
Subject Headings: Immigrants New Zealand Fiction. Immigrants California Fiction. Kidnapping Fiction.
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction.
Topical Term: Immigrants
LCCN: 2010002531
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Feb 09, 2012
  • eatyourveggies rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The characters in the book, especially the women were well drawn. Even Henry, caught in between two women, seemed real in his decisions and pain. Everyone tried to make the best of an awkward situation - except for the judging community.

Jul 19, 2011
  • harrisc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I highly recommend this book by Johanna Moran, which is her first novel. I

It takes place in the late 1800s, in England, New Zealand, then the San Francisco area. The characters go through some extremely difficult times, and when I think back over the story, I'm amazed at how humans can treat and judge others. I found myself caring deeply for the main character, and rooting for her all the way to the end of the last page.

I will certainly be looking out for the next novel by this author!


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