The March of the Foxgloves

The March of the Foxgloves

Book - 2016
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London, 1893, and Frances Woodward is tormented by the restrictions of her puritanical father and the cruelties of 19th century narcissist, Benedict Hunt. Having meted out a particularly creative form of revenge upon Hunt, Frances transcends the social norms of the late-Victorian era and travels alone to the far-flung colony of New Zealand, where she is forced to look beyond the establishment life seemingly pre-ordained for her. Falling in with other artists and non-conformists, and inspired by the revolution in thinking brought about by heroic literary figures and social reformers of the time, Frances forges a new path of her own making.
Publisher: [New Zealand] :, Esom House,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780473365820
Characteristics: 341 pages ;,20 cm.


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Donna's pick: I'm loving slipping into the intense and overwrought Victorian world of Karyn Hay's new novel.

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Jul 29, 2017

A fairly good read. Characters were well done. Set in New Zealand in 1893. Frances leaves her home in England to come to the colonies, leaving with a small scandal brewing. Once here a scandal starts to brew also.

Jan 28, 2017

The best way to describe this book is a romp. There is a subtle vein of humour throughout the story which at times had me laughing out loud. The characters are wonderfully drawn. The author lovingly brings out the nuances and foibles until I felt that if one of them were to walk down the street, I would recognise him or her.
I didn't want to put the book down and finished it in two days. I hope Karyn Hay wins an award for this book. I predict it will go on to be a NZ classic.

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