An Important Family



❴PDF❵ ✩ An Important Family Author Dorothy Eden – E17streets4all.co.uk For Kate O Connor, desperate to escape her tragic past in England, the opportunity to immigrate to New Zealand with Sir John Devenish and his wife and daughter is a chance to start overExhilarated by For Kate O Connor, desperate to escape her tragic past in England, the opportunity to immigrate to New Zealand with Sir John Devenish and his wife and daughter is a chance to start overExhilarated by this wild, primitive place on the other side of the world, Kate s happiness is marred by a love she knows is taboo When a sudden and suspicious death throws her life into turmoil, she begins to uncover An Important ePUB Æ the real reason the Devenish family left EnglandFrom a grand townhouse in London to a sheep farm in New Zealand, An Important Family, which was hailed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as a compulsive page turner, is the story of a country in the midst of colonisation a transformation that parallels Kate O Connor s own rite of passage into womanhood as she finds her future in a magnificent new land.An Important Family

Aka Mary ParadiseDorothy Eden was born in in New Zealand and died in She moved to England in after taking a trip around the world and falling in love with the country She was best known for her many mystery and romance books as well as short stories that were published in periodicals As a novelist, Dorothy Eden was renowned for her ability to create fear and suspense This earned An Important ePUB Æ her many devoted readers throughout her lifetime.

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  • Hardcover
  • 494 pages
  • An Important Family
  • Dorothy Eden
  • English
  • 11 March 2017
  • 0896213757

10 thoughts on “An Important Family

  1. says:

    3.5 I m a bit of a loss on how to review this book or even what rating to give it.The main thing I liked about the book was the main character, Kate I found it realistic that she hadthan one love infatuation in her life I liked the twists in the tale The book was never what I expected.The writing is for the most part competent, rather than evocative or inspiring I m not sure Kiwi Gothic really works as a genre Eden succeeded in describing the many hardships early New Zealander set 3.5 I m a bit of a loss on how to review this book or even what rating to give it.The main thing I liked about the book was the main character, Kate I found it realistic that she hadthan one love infatuation in her life I liked the twists in the tale The book was never what I expected.The writing is for the most part competent, rather than evocative or inspiring I m not sure Kiwi Gothic really works as a genre Eden succeeded in describing the many hardships early New Zealander settlers faced, but not the beauty of the land.Parts of the story were plain weird for me Resolved at the end, yes but still weird Like I said I m just at a bit of a loss with this book

  2. says:

    A very underwhelming finish, and one it took too long to get to at that The New Zealand setting was a plus, but not enough to pull this one out of the doldrums Back to the library for you.

  3. says:

    Setting Victorian Era, New ZealandKate O ConnorHoped to forget her bitter past of a love denied.Her dream became to find a happier future in New Zealand, which brought her into a family that changed her life forever.Sir John DevenishHis aristocratic bearing and nobility masked a secret he thought he could leave behind in England Lady Iris DevenishSir John s wife, she followed him across to New Zealand but she couldn t be far from her opium bottle.Celina DevenishA seductive pale beauty, who s c Setting Victorian Era, New ZealandKate O ConnorHoped to forget her bitter past of a love denied.Her dream became to find a happier future in New Zealand, which brought her into a family that changed her life forever.Sir John DevenishHis aristocratic bearing and nobility masked a secret he thought he could leave behind in England Lady Iris DevenishSir John s wife, she followed him across to New Zealand but she couldn t be far from her opium bottle.Celina DevenishA seductive pale beauty, who s charms were quite seductive.But Kate would soon discover another side of her.Emily LoddenSir John adopted her as his daughter, but young romantic Emily longed to be .Captain Henry OxfordHe wanted to have Kate as his wife, but one bitter moment of betrayal ruined it all An Important Family has all the plot and characters to come off with a spoiled family drawn into a circle of betrayal, treachery, suspense, and of course smouldering passions and forbidden love thrown in with some shocking truths.Alas. it didn t work that way for me.I was waiting for something exciting to happen and it just didn t.The romance Sadly lacking.Plot story line Totally dragged.Last but not least, I found the authors style of writing confusing and plain ol meh.I don t think I will further invest in her other books any time soon

  4. says:

    A historical novel about a lady companion who accompanies a troubled English family as they join the influx of social idealists settling New Zealand 1982 Full review and other recommendations at Another look bookI read this a while back, just completely forgot to review it But here s the review now It s the first Dorothy Eden novel I ve successfully made it through, and it wasn t even a particularly arduous task to do so As most of the story takes place in New Zealand, it ties in nicely A historical novel about a lady companion who accompanies a troubled English family as they join the influx of social idealists settling New Zealand 1982 Full review and other recommendations at Another look bookI read this a while back, just completely forgot to review it But here s the review now It s the first Dorothy Eden novel I ve successfully made it through, and it wasn t even a particularly arduous task to do so As most of the story takes place in New Zealand, it ties in nicely with two of my other favorites, also from the land down under, Sara Dane and Golden Urchin

  5. says:

    2.5 stars for a book that was flat, flat, flat I finished it because 1 I was reading it for a group read and 2 because I was curious to see just what was the deep, dark secret Bah and meh on all of it I was hoping for some vivid writing on NZ didn t happen I was hoping for a romance didn t happen I was hoping for some emotion didn t happen.I did like several of the secondary characters Ada Collins and Tabitha Pugh were wonderful Alas, the Chinese cook was burdened with very bad pigeon 2.5 stars for a book that was flat, flat, flat I finished it because 1 I was reading it for a group read and 2 because I was curious to see just what was the deep, dark secret Bah and meh on all of it I was hoping for some vivid writing on NZ didn t happen I was hoping for a romance didn t happen I was hoping for some emotion didn t happen.I did like several of the secondary characters Ada Collins and Tabitha Pugh were wonderful Alas, the Chinese cook was burdened with very bad pigeon English straight from a Charlie Chan movie.As for the main characters at one point or another I wanted to smack each of them upside the head with a clue by 4 Especially our nominal heroine, Kate.Bah Meh

  6. says:

    3 3.5 stars interesting read from a new to me author my library had this labeled Gothic Romance, which I m not terribly familiar with, and I don t think I d seek out other books in the genre, but it was an interesting read as far as settlers in New Zealand something I know nothing about.There were some raging red flags for me about pompous Sir John and meek, mousy Lady Deveninish and their moody, difficult daughter I liked Kate, the companion hired to accompany the family out to New Zealan 3 3.5 stars interesting read from a new to me author my library had this labeled Gothic Romance, which I m not terribly familiar with, and I don t think I d seek out other books in the genre, but it was an interesting read as far as settlers in New Zealand something I know nothing about.There were some raging red flags for me about pompous Sir John and meek, mousy Lady Deveninish and their moody, difficult daughter I liked Kate, the companion hired to accompany the family out to New Zealand, and the kind, calm, spinsterish Miss Pugh, who we first encounter aboard ship.The claustrophobic, difficult voyage was handled well, I felt the author drew me in to caring what would become of Kate and Miss Pugh I was pretty sure Celia and Lady Devinish were in for tough times, and I didn t trust Sir John quite the selfish, self centered autocrat The ending was a satisfying surprise after the rather plodding middle Again, I m not familiar with this author so can t judge this work of historical fiction against her other works

  7. says:

    Although this was my second reading of this book, the suprising ending still intrigued me and caught me unawares Great book, Dorothy Eden It also captures the atmosphere of the early pioneering life in New Zealand beautifully from my research The tragedy of the book is the main character, Sir John Devonish idealistic view of the perfect new society in the new country In this view, we discover, he forgets his own very flawed nature although perhaps this is his desire given the extent of his Although this was my second reading of this book, the suprising ending still intrigued me and caught me unawares Great book, Dorothy Eden It also captures the atmosphere of the early pioneering life in New Zealand beautifully from my research The tragedy of the book is the main character, Sir John Devonish idealistic view of the perfect new society in the new country In this view, we discover, he forgets his own very flawed nature although perhaps this is his desire given the extent of his misdemeanors and that of others But I think he sees himself in a better light than that he grants to others The heroine, Kate o Connor is the innocent victim in this book, caught up in several tragedies of her own including that of Sir John Most definitely worth a read Well researched

  8. says:

    I did enjoy An Important Family however, there were times when I was frustrated by how the ladies were submissive I realize this was the way things were in those years but it seems to me there was jt too much of it and too much portrayal of ladies on the verge of tears brought on by just a look I did find the story interesting but predictable, all and all a relaxing read This was the first time I read a book by Dorothy Eden who, sadly, had a very short life I will look for another book by he I did enjoy An Important Family however, there were times when I was frustrated by how the ladies were submissive I realize this was the way things were in those years but it seems to me there was jt too much of it and too much portrayal of ladies on the verge of tears brought on by just a look I did find the story interesting but predictable, all and all a relaxing read This was the first time I read a book by Dorothy Eden who, sadly, had a very short life I will look for another book by her but at a much later time I do recommend this book for fans of this author, if one has never read her, this is an easy read, with some smiles, some sorrow, a book to read on vacation

  9. says:

    Tragically lacking in romance, this book was about hopes dashed and dreams shattered by the realistic fallability of human nature after a pioneer family moves to New Zealand I kept waiting for something exciting to happen, but it never did.

  10. says:

    An old fashioned sort of romance set in 1860s South Island, New Zealand, not that different from the South Island, New Zealand where we lived in 1979 A cab driver told us, That church is old, very very old How old we asked, thinking of old Western Mass buildings from the 1600s 1700s, or even old things in England from times BC A hundred years, the driver said with awe in his voice Because that is when the pakeha, the whites, from Britain settled NZ The book is about that time, ficti An old fashioned sort of romance set in 1860s South Island, New Zealand, not that different from the South Island, New Zealand where we lived in 1979 A cab driver told us, That church is old, very very old How old we asked, thinking of old Western Mass buildings from the 1600s 1700s, or even old things in England from times BC A hundred years, the driver said with awe in his voice Because that is when the pakeha, the whites, from Britain settled NZ The book is about that time, fiction, but fun none the less I just wish it had mentioned the gold fields on the West Coast, in our wonderful Hokitika

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