Thursday, August 12, 2010
A debut historical novel from Johanna Moran that is entertaining, insightful and thought provoking. The story takes place in 1890 to 1900 and it is based on a actual legal case presented in California on bigamy.
Henry and Margaret are married and living in New Zealand when Margaret and the children are abducted by Maori and forced into slavery. Henry becomes convinced they are dead and crazy with grief he moves to Berkeley, California. There Henry takes a new wife, named Nancy, when the previous Mrs. Margaret Oades shows up on his doorstep with his children. What ensues in problematic for both wives, the children, Henry and most of all for the town of Berkeley who considers them bigamists.
I was riveted to the page for most of this book. Frankly you know a book has gotten into your head when you dream about it at night. I couldn't stop thinking about the dilemma of two wives and who has rightful dibs on Henry. It is such a complicated issue and one in which the author handles very well, in my opinion. I wish I would have read this with my book club because this is a book that demands to be talked about and argued over.
If you like historical fiction, you will really like this book! This book wowed me! I just can't imagine how you could choose between the two people you love.
I received this book as a part of Crazy Book Tours.