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The Farthest Eden

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Los Angeles, 1851
The Donovans had a dream. They would risk everything to make it come true.

PATRICK DONOVAN--The daring Boston seaman who traded his ship for a California passage. He held his family together with a will of iron...with passions as mighty as the land he longed to master, as bold as the dream that drove him.

MARY FRANCES--Patrick's beautiful, gifted sister, aba
Mass Market Paperback, 566 pages
Published December 12th 1978 by Ballantine Books
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I love a good historical soap opera family saga, and the late 70s and 1980s really have a wealth of titles to choose from. This one had sex, revenge, murder, jealousy, incest... What's not to love, I ask you?

This family saga of mid-19th century Los Angeles had periods of uneven pacing and moments of infodump, but overall it was a sprawling read with lots of entertaining soap opera plotlines and a central theme of culture clash through the years (Californio vs. American, American vs. Chinese).

Apr 24, 2011 Misfit rated it really liked it
Los Angeles, 1851. Patrick Donovan has sold his beloved ship and brought his family to California for a fresh start at life. Patrick's sister Mary Frances claims to be a widow, although she still has a husband and child in Spain - a husband who wants nothing to do with his wife. There's also Patrick's daughter Bets, young and beautiful and catching the attention of all the young men, but she only has eyes for John Carew, who in turn only has eyes for Mary Frances, who of course can't marry him b ...more
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