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Mazo de la Roche (1879–1961)

Author of The Building of Jalna

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Works by Mazo de la Roche

The Building of Jalna (1944) 258 copies
Jalna (1927) 243 copies
Mary Wakefield (1949) 180 copies
Whiteoaks of Jalna (1929) — Author — 178 copies
Young Renny (1935) 156 copies
Morning at Jalna (1960) 146 copies
Return to Jalna (1946) 143 copies
Finch's Fortune (1931) 142 copies
The Whiteoak Brothers (1953) 128 copies
The Master of Jalna (1933) 125 copies
Centenary at Jalna (1958) 112 copies
Whiteoak Harvest (1936) 111 copies
Variable winds at Jalna (1952) 110 copies
Whiteoak Heritage (1940) 110 copies
Renny's Daughter (1951) 103 copies
Wakefield's Course (1941) 89 copies
Explorers of the Dawn (1922) 21 copies
Ringing the Changes (1957) 18 copies
Northern Lights (1960) — Introduction — 12 copies
Delight (1926) 12 copies
Portrait of a Dog (1930) 8 copies
Growth of a Man (2015) 7 copies
The Two Saplings (1942) 6 copies
Lark Ascending (1932) 6 copies
Les jalnas 4 (1990) 6 copies
Les jalna tome 3 (1990) 6 copies
Jalnan tarina (1985) 4 copies
Possession (1973) 4 copies
The Song of Lambert (1955) 4 copies
A Boy in the House (1952) 4 copies
Whiteoak Chronicles (1940) 3 copies
Quebec Historic Seaport (2018) 3 copies
Beside a Norman tower (1934) 3 copies
The Very House (1937) 2 copies
Low Life And Other Plays (2012) 2 copies
Whiteoaks. A Play. (1936) 2 copies
De erfgenaam van Jalna (1977) 2 copies
Onrust op Jalna (1977) 1 copy
Come True 1 copy
Bill and Coo (2015) 1 copy
Liefde op Jalna (1977) 1 copy
"Tiny Tim" 1 copy

Associated Works

The Oxford Book of Canadian Ghost Stories (1990) — Contributor — 19 copies
Stories for girls — Contributor — 1 copy


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It’s been quite awhile since I visited the Jalna series by Mazo de la Roche but luckily the author wrote each book to be able to stand alone. In this, the fourth volume, we read of the romance between governess Mary Wakefield and the current master of Jalna, widower Philip Whiteoak. With Philip’s mother bound and determined to prevent this couple getting together, there many moments of angst, treachery and tears.

It is the 1880s and Mary Wakefield has been hired in London to travel to Canada to become the governess of two children. She doesn’t have any experience, but Ernest Whiteoak, who hired her, was in a hurry as the woman that had been hired for the job had broken both her legs and could not travel to Canada. Mary looked upon this as a great adventure and she fell in love with the beautiful Ontario estate of Jalna when she arrived. She also fell in love with the children’s father and Mary and Philip enjoyed a couple of months before his mother returned from England, bringing Philip’s two brothers and his sister for an extended visit. She immediately sussed out the situation and did her best to intervene between Philip and Mary.

Although I found this book a little over the top in regards to emotions, it was a light, entertaining read that provided me with a giggle or two as the dowager Adeline plotted against the romance. I have the next few book in the vintage series and will definitely be continuing to read about the Whiteoak family.
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DeltaQueen50 | 3 other reviews | Jul 9, 2023 |
Another in the Jalna saga, this one focuses on the first Whiteoaks of Jalna's grandchildren. There are adventures and troubles and trials to make a great story.
rosiezbanks | 1 other review | Aug 4, 2019 |
A new generation of characters at Jalna deals with love, hate, jealousy and pride. A great read.
rosiezbanks | 3 other reviews | Aug 4, 2019 |
Another installment in the series, this book develops the characters of the 4 Whiteoak children and their parents and introduces several new players. All the while, Jalna itself looms in the background - beautiful, solid, and welcoming.
rosiezbanks | 2 other reviews | Aug 4, 2019 |



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