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Morning at Jalna (Whiteoaks of Jalna #2)

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Excellent condition, jacket showing light bumping to corners, small scuffing to spine ends. Some light foxing and age yellowing, crisp, clean and flat, 'no. 2' written to inside jacket. A fantastic tale by a true literary great. An impulsive bride with an Irish temper, and her husband, Captain Whiteoak, select Lake Ontario as the site of their new home. De la Roche chronic...more
Hardcover, 263 pages
Published 1983 by Macmillan (first published 1960)
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I enjoyed MORNING AT JALNA, despite its flaws. It's one of the weaker books in the Jalna series. In fact, a reviewer once stated that "she saw no reason why the book should have been written!" That's a rather harsh judgment, though, in my opinion. MORNING AT JALNA really does have a (sort of) interesting plot, and that's a lot to say for author Mazo de la Roche, who is not remembered as ever having been strong on plotting...

The setting is the early 1860's, just after the outbreak of the American...more
Carolyn Agosta
It's not easy to find this book anymore - I got it at my library but had to special-order it from another branch. The series has two different numbering systems - one by order written, one by order of events. In the order of events, this is the 2nd in events, following The Building of Jalna. I wasn't crazy about the opening, but the story really picked up after that and is a delightful mix of humor and drama. If you like family sagas, then you'll enjoy the Whiteoaks series. I especially enjoyed...more
Kathy  Petersen
The second installment of the Jalna saga takes these Canadian settlers into the Civil War concerns of their neighbors to the south plus a few other adventures. None of this is very serious, analytical, or earth-shaking, but it's all extremely enjoyable. We leave the Whiteoaks on a ship to England, where their three older children are being packed off for proper schooling; this volume just suddenly ends there. But I was planning to read my way through the whole series anyway.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. One of the things I find the most charming, and this is a charming book, is that the children are children. They act like children, they speak like children and they don't have any other motivation, they are children. Written in the time of the civil war, this is a very interesting time slice, I think most honest. No causes going on here.
Book 2---it was written later and added in and that is the way that it seems--not the best...
Carolyn Johnson
The second book, chronologically, in the Whiteoak saga, this is definitely not as well written as some of the other books in the series. I am finding it tedious, the characters flat, not as fully developed as the books written earlier.
I had some trouble plowing through. I remember reading some of these when I was a young girl and am looking for something familiar.
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Mazo de la Roche, born Mazo Louise Roche, was the author of the Jalna novels, one of the most popular series of books of her time.

The Jalna series consists of sixteen novels that tell the story of the Canadian Whiteoak family from 1854 to 1954, although each of the novels can also be enjoyed as an independent story. In the world of the Whiteoaks, as in real life, people live and die, find success...more
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