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Book Title: Whiteoak Heritage|
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The author of the book: Mazo de la Roche
Edition: Little, Brown
Date of issue: 1940
ISBN 13: 9780333050903
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A Jalna novel set in 1919. Renny Whiteoak returns from the Great War to find many changes at the family homestead. His father and stepmother have both died, leaving behind four orphaned young half-brothers. Renny becomes, overnight, an instant "father," in a manner of speaking, but the role doesn't suit him well at first. Our hero is arrogant and domineering by nature, and the young brothers don't take too kindly to his rule. Most of the conflict comes from his struggle to control their vagaries.
Brother Eden is a precocious teenager, carrying on a scandalous and most unsuitable love affair. Brother Piers is a disobedient brat, Finch is a hobbledehoy, while baby Wakefield is just plain spoiled. There's also mention of young Pheasant, their next-door neighbor's "love child," who has her own part to play in the storyline. Renny takes charge of all these kids but not always successfully. And he's also unable to reconcile sister Meg with Pheasant's father, Maurice, who has waited these many long years for Meg's forgiveness...
A major romance develops between horse trainer Christine Dayborn and Renny. Chris is an English girl, unhappily married, who has come to Ontario in search of work. She and Renny soon become lovers. They are training a magnificent horse, Launceton, to run in the next Grand National. However, there's a real villainess here who portends tragedy for all of them...and far-reaching, devastating consequences to the Renny-Chris affair...
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Read information about the authorMazo de la Roche, born Mazo Louise Roche, was the author of the Jalna novels, one of the most popular series of books of her time.
The Jalna series consists of sixteen novels that tell the story of the Canadian Whiteoak family from 1854 to 1954, although each of the novels can also be enjoyed as an independent story. In the world of the Whiteoaks, as in real life, people live and die, find success and fall to ruin. For the Whiteoaks, there remains something solid and unchanging in the midst of life's transience--the manor house and its rich surrounding farmland known as "Jalna." The author, Mazo de la Roche, gave the members of her fictitious family names from gravestones in Ontario's New Market cemetery, and the story itself balances somewhere between fact and fiction. Critics think events in the novels reflect de la Roche's dreams, moods, and life experiences. As the daughter of a traveling businessman, she may have seen the Jalna estate as the roots she never had, while the character Finch, from Finch's Fortune, is thought to be a reflection of herself.
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