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The Three Miss Kings - Elizabeth, Eleanor and Patty - were brought up in a remote seaside settlement in Victoria, Australia, their father a mysterious man of 'preposterous eccentricity', their late mother a dignified, accomplished woman who instilled in the girls an appreciation of 'spiritual and intellectual aspirations' which compensates for their lack of worldly experie ...more
Published (first published March 5th 1891)
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The Three Miss Kings is set in Australia during the 1880’s – mainly taking place in Melbourne – although the novel opens in a rural area on the Southern ocean, where the three Miss Kings of the title have always lived in a certain amount of seclusion. Elizabeth, Patty and Eleanor having lost their mother some years earlier have now recently lost their father a reclusive man of difficult temperament. Contemplating their inheritance the young women consider themselves to be very well provided for ...more
"The Three Miss Kings" was first published as a serial in the
"Australasian", a prestigious weekly paper committed to bringing
good literature (George Eliot, Thomas Hardy etc) to discerning
readers in the colonies. It was then published by William
Heineman in 1891 where it was glowingly reviewed. Ada Cambridge
was typical of the many women who went out to Australia as
young brides - for many years caught between believing Britain
was their real home and Australia was just a temporary abode.
When Ada's
The three Miss Kings are left nearly destitute when their eccentric father dies. They pluckily leave their small seaside Australian village and move to Melbourne to begin a new life, where they all find romance and good fortune.

I alternated between liking and disliking this, to be honest. The heroines (especially Elizabeth, the eldest) are often too perfect -- too beautiful, too clever, too good -- but sometimes they're beautifully imperfect, especially Patty, the mercurial, honest middle siste
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I've read few, if any, novels set in Australia. This one is set in Melbourne in the 1880s. The Miss Kings have been left orphaned. Two of the girls, Patty and Eleanor, yearn to travel to Europe, but the eldest girl - Elizabeth - is the voice of reason who thinks they should get used to living on their own in Australia before they plan further adventures. They leave their isolated home and settle in Melbourne, where they quickly realise their income, which they imagined to be a fortune, is barely ...more
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Ada Cambridge (21 November 1844 – 19 July 1926), later known as Ada Cross, was an English-born Australian writer.
Overall she wrote more than twenty-five works of fiction, three volumes of poetry and two autobiographical works.[1] Many of her novels were serialised in Australian newspapers, and were never published in book form.
While she was known to friends and family by her married name, Ada Cros
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“[Their marriage] will not be all cakes and ale.... They are too much alike to be the ideal match. Patty is thick-skinned and passionate, too ready to be hurt to the heart by the mere little pinpricks and mosquito bites of life; and Paul is proud and crotchety, and, like the great Napoleon, given to kick the fire with his boots when he is put out. There will be many little gusts of temper, little clouds of misunderstanding, disappointments, and bereavements, and sickness of mind and body; but with all this, they will find their lot so blessed, by reason of the mutual love and sympathy tat, through all the vicissitudes, will surely grow deeper and stronger every day they live together, that they will not know how to conceive a better one.” 1 likes
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