The Wives of Henry Oades

The Wives of Henry Oades

A Novel

Book - 2010
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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.

Baker & Taylor
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.

Baker
& Taylor

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.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, 2010
ISBN: 9780345510952
034551095X
Branch Call Number: FICTION MORAN
Characteristics: 367 p

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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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