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Sleep In The Woods

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  136 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
New Zealand, fertile and undeveloped, was a place where rigid class distinctions could be forgotten, where the most eligible and most sought-after bachelor in Wellington proposed to a servant girl because he admired the arrogant slimness of her body and the spirit that made her confident she would be a good wife to him, although she would not pretend she was in love. So it ...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published March 1974 by Coronet Books (first published January 1st 1960)
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I'm rather surprised to see several two star ratings for this excellent book. Were we reading the same thing? I absolutely loved this!

A servant girl accompanies two young ladies to New Zealand in their gentlewomanly pursuit of husbands. In a Cinderella -like twist, the servant girl Briar sneaks into a masked ball where they're doing the ancient wedding dance and lands herself a husband. Unfortunately for her, it was not the man she was aiming to snag, and unfortunately for him, she was wearing h
Oh wow, that was so intense (and scary) at times.
Briar Johnson, an illegitimate orphaned servant girl, accompanied two young sisters from England to New Zealand in 1860. Ambitious, she intends on becoming a woman of respect with servants of her own one day. But for now, she pretends to have parents and lets her true feelings simmer below the surface.

Too soon, she finds herself married to Saul Whitmore, a man she doesn't love. He needs a wife and sees a 'strength' in Briar that he hasn't found in any of the other young women in this country. Th
New Zealand for my Around-the-World reading tour. Buddy read with Diane Lynn for Winter? 2014-15
Regan Walker
Absorbing Story from New Zealand in the Late Victorian Era

Set in the late Victorian period, the story tells of Briar Johnson, who as a baby was found in a cold ditch by the side of the road clutched in the arms of what was presumably her dead mother. Briar was fortunate to be raised in the home of a schoolmaster who found her intelligent and taught her to speak well and read the classics. When he dies, she takes a position as a maid and sails away to New Zealand with two young ladies sent by the
Sarah  Becking
Let me start off by saying this book could have been SO good. The writing was emotional, the female characters were diverse, strong, and all had unique development, and the setting/story premise was intriguing. HOWEVER, I warn anyone about to read this book that it is FULL of rape. It made me so uncomfortable and angry to read this, especially because of how it normalizes abuse, even romanticizes it at times, and the writing makes it so that Saul's constant domination and rape of poor Briar was, ...more
Maddie Jane
Aug 24, 2016 Maddie Jane rated it really liked it
This book, set in colonial New Zealand and published in the 1970s is definitely a book of its time. From a 21st century perspective it is full of lines that make modern readers flinch at their cultural insensitivity, sexism and as one reviewer noted, parts of it were just downright rapey. These archaisms aside, it is still a well-written story of two people who marry for the wrong reasons and must find a way to love each other.
Marianne Orsini
Feb 10, 2016 Marianne Orsini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Story

I enjoyed the story very much. It was a quick read. I only wish there were some details of their intimacy. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good read.
Velvet M Chapmam
May 07, 2016 Velvet M Chapmam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

The first part of the book is very slow,I almost put it down. As the chapter s went on I found the story line coming together. All together a slow start but a good end.
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Loved this book because it is set in New Zealand!
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Dorothy Eden was born in 1912 in New Zealand and died in 1982. She moved to England in 1954 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 earne
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