The Wives of Henry Oades

The Wives of Henry Oades

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In 1899 Henry Oades discovers he has two wives - and many dilemmas...

In 1890, Henry Oades decided to undertake the arduous sea voyage from England to New Zealand in order to further his family's fortunes. Here they settled on the lush but wild coast - although it wasn't long before disaster struck in the most unexpected of ways.

A local Maori tribe, incensed at their treatment at the hands of the settlers, kidnapped Mrs Oades and her four children, and vanished into the rugged hills surrounding the town. Henry searched ceaselessly for his family, but two grief-stricken years later was forced to conclude that they must be dead. In despair he shipped out to San Francisco to start over, eventually falling in love with and marrying a young widow.

In the meantime, Margaret Oades and her children were leading a miserable existence, enslaved to the local tribe. When they contracted smallpox they were cast out and, ill and footsore, made their way back to town, five years after they were presumed dead.

Discovering that Henry was now half a world away, they were determined to rejoin him. So months later they arrived on his doorstep in America and Henry Oades discovered that he had two wives and many dilemmas ...

This is a darkly comic but moving historical fiction debut about love and family, based on a controversial court case from the early 1900s.

Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780007339297
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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d2013 Mar 15, 2015

Historical romance novel mixed with court drama seen through the eyes of two wives, one husband and a community. Based on true events!

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eatyourveggies
Feb 09, 2012

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.

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harrisc
Jul 19, 2011

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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