Canadian author Mazo de la Roche wrote 16 novels about Jalna, the Ontario estate of the Whiteoak family. This is the first book, but it actually starts in the middle, with three generations living. Subsequent books deal with both past and future events; this one is set in the 1920s. It is one of the best books I have ever read (first time 40 years ago). At the center is Grandmother, one hundred years old and as alert as anyone in the family. The description is beautiful (if you've seen Ontario, you'll be able to picture it all) but doesn't get in the way of the plot. With marriages, affairs, divorces and birthdays from the oldest to the youngest, there is never a dull moment. Many of these books are out of print in the U.S. You may need to get a used copy or buy one from amazon canada, which I've just done with the second book. I can't get enough of the Whiteoaks.
I just happened on to this series of books.....looked up the order they were in chronologically and began at the beginning. The cultural life and history of nineteenth century Canada is interesting.....and the Whiteoak's family saga keeps me coming back for more. I am about halfway through the series. When I just want to read for pleasure, I'll check in with the Whiteoaks.
1964: I first came to know the Whiteoak family and I have never lost my fascination with them. I still have my worn and tattered paperbacks from when I first read them in high school. I was thrilled to find the series available for Kindle! If you like romantic historical fiction, I highly recommend this entire series. Take them in the order they were written, however, or you'll be unhappy with yourself.
I read these books years ago and love them. This e-book version was not well edited. There are misspellings and misprints. However, I will read them anyway. I love that all the episodes are right there and I don’t have to figure out which is next.
I didn't know what the book would be like, good or dull. It is an older series. I read the first book in the series, and it was interesting. I have now downloaded the next two books to continue the saga. I am looking forward to reading all the books in the series.