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The Wives of Henry Oades by Johanna Moran
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Sep 15, 2010

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Read from September 15 to 20, 2010

The main voices of Moran's book "The Wives of Henry Oades" are three remarkable people. The plot is based on a real court case. Moran developed the characters based on what she presumes to have happened. The story really is complex although it is given a simple straight forward telling. I think that is some of what gives it a charm and humor while depicting something so tragic. Without going into long descriptions of the plot, I found the love and respect among Henry, Nancy and Margaret astounding. They mourn their losses, move forward with empathy and concern, supporting each other through legal battles, public scorn, ridicule and harassment. Very interesting, moving story. Too good to be true? But apparently it is, to a extent.
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Rose Great review! I loved Johanna's book, too.

Nancy (NE) Hey Rose - it was surprisingly good wasn't it? That would be an easy story to go over board on the writing. Her style is quite simple, but says alot without hitting you over the head. You make your own deductions without being told how to feel about them. Some it was actually quite funny.

Rose Yes!
I actually "met" Johanna on Goodreads when I first started using it. That's as close as I've gotten to a successful author! She's a "neat" person, as well. :D

Rose You can read her story behind the story here:

Nancy (NE) Thanks Rose - I forget sometimtes to check that stuff - I am usually digging around on the internet for stuff about what I read.

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