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The Gentleman's Garden [Paperback]

Catherine Jinks

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Nov. 1 2002
I am cast upon this unfriendly shore, dearest Margaret, and without your abiding affection feel utterly exposed to every blow that fate might bestow on me. How I long for you. How I long for England. How wretched I am, here at the outer limit of the world! In 1814, Dorothea Brande leaves the quiet harmony of her Devonshire home and accompanies her officer husband, Charles, to the colony of New South Wales. Here she endeavours to escape the harshness of the landscape-and the appalling brutality of common existence-by cultivating an English garden with the help of her convict manservant, Daniel. Together, in the creation of this garden, two bereft and disoriented people find a new strength and a special kind of refuge. But while Dorothea begins to adapt to the unforgiving environment, her husband is increasingly destroyed by it-until at last they stand on opposite sides of an unbridgeable gulf. Absorbing, deftly handled and beautifully written, The Gentleman's Garden is a wonderful, romantic novel of a woman's difficult personal journey in a time of a developing Australian society.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (Nov. 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1865088854
  • ISBN-13: 978-1865088853
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g

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About the Author

Catherine Jinks is the author of the young adult books Eglantine, Eloise, and Eustace and the adult novels Der Inquisitor, Pagan's Crusade, Pagan in Exile, and Pagan's Vows.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars story that stays with you March 11 2011
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I loved Catherine Jinks' "Pagan" books. As for her other YA books, not so much. This story felt very real to me, unlike an escapist romance which I also do enjoy if it's not poorly written. But the stories that stick with you are the ones that are grounded in reality, i.e., not everything works out perfectly, not every difficulty is ironed out, not every problem is overcome. C. Jinks' historical tales are actually historical, and you feel immersed in a very imperfect, real past. The protagonist of this book is a typical innocent lady of the time period. She has never been informed of, or imagined, some of the ugliness of the world she will have to face. Even though it was painful to imagine at times, I enjoyed the story very much. I would warn you that it's not a "feel-good" tale. However, if it were too miserable I would never have finished it, nor would I recommend it. I do not like depressing stories. The story's end is happy in a realistic way. I could only wish that the writer had fleshed out Daniel, the prisoner, more thoroughly, and that she had written even more of the lady's thought processes. Excellent book.

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