Last night when I arrived home from work, I was thrilled to literally trip over my newly delivered copy of THE WIVES OF HENRY OADES by Johanna Moran. I don't mind falling down if it's over a great new book! I'd won my copy in a giveaway hosted by Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit. And it was delivered FAST! Thanks for hosting the contest, Serena!
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by Johanna Moran
Pub. Date: February 2010
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Format: Paperback, 384pp
Description (from the publisher):
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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About the author (from the publisher):
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.