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ISBN13: 9780345519016
ISBN10: 0345519019
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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.

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.

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.

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A family epic based on a true story follows the experiences of Henry Oades, who in the late 19th century loses his family to Maori kidnappers and remarries in California only to learn of his original family's escape, a situation that compels him to live in bigamy. A first novel. Original.

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Johanna Moran comes from a long line of writers and lawyers. She lives on the west coast of Florida with her husband, John. The Wives of Henry Oades is her first novel.

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Texas librarian, February 13, 2012 (view all comments by Texas librarian)
This book was quite fun to read. It explored the lives of a couple from England who move to New Zealand. The mother and children are abducted. The husband moves to Berkely and remarries. The story is quite compelling because it portrays the inner life of a woman who left her home with her husband and endured many hardships. Circumstances cause the man to remarry - 6 years later his first wife and children reappear. The heart of the story is how the women cope with the life they never expected - and how they must accept that only one of them can have Henry as their husband. The legal aspects of the story dominate the second half of the book, with the family being persecuted for their assumed "double" marriage. The effects of poverty, envy, self-rightousness and the boredom of a small town life work against them. This book has a different story, and it sounds like a soap opera, but it doesn't act like one. I give it 4 stars out of five.
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ISBN:
9780345519016
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Subject:
Fiction : General
Author:
Moran, Johanna
Author:
Johanna Moran
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100209
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
384

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"Synopsis" by , A family epic based on a true story follows the experiences of Henry Oades, who in the late 19th century loses his family to Maori kidnappers and remarries in California only to learn of his original family's escape, a situation that compels him to live in bigamy. A first novel. Original.
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