Sleep In The Woods

Sleep In The Woods 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 bec

  • Title: Sleep In The Woods
  • Author: Dorothy Eden
  • ISBN: 9780340020326
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 itNew 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 was that Briar went to live with Saul Whit in his beautiful house in the heart of Maori county.

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    • Dorcas says:

      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 [...]

    • Misfit says:

      Oh wow, that was so intense (and scary) at times.

    • Regan Walker says:

      Absorbing Story from New Zealand in the Late Victorian EraTwo authors I greatly admire, Heather Graham and Cordia Byers, recommended this book to me. I am so glad they did. Though it was published in 1960 (I bought it used on ), it is a worthy story readers will enjoy today (with one caveat you’ll see below). It will definitely be on my list of the Best Historical Romances Set in Exotic Locales, which I’ll be posting later this month.Set in the late Victorian period, the story tells of Briar [...]

    • OLT says:

      This is my favorite Eden novel. Written in 1960, it's not a Victorian Gothic, just a straightforward romance-adventure about white settlers and their struggles to survive in 1800s New Zealand. This is well written, has varied and well drawn characters, lots of action/adventure and a romance that's frustrating yet ultimately very satisfying. The author was born in New Zealand in 1912 and her love for the country shows, even though she made the move to England in 1954.Back in the day when I was gr [...]

    • Linda says:

      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 [...]

    • SarahBecking says:

      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, [...]

    • Ruth Caukwell says:

      I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and it was always one of my favourites. I read Dorothy Eden when I was a teenager soo great to re-read one of my earlier reads! regardsRuth Anne Caukwell My first inspirational book - 'Musings of a Blogger - Inspirational Thoughts for Your Life's Journey', (Published in 2016) is available through Balboa Press:-bookstorelboapress/Prodd amazon/Ruth-Anne-CaukI also write an inspirational blog – RuAnCa ruancaand have the following:-My webpage – ruancaukwell/My twi [...]

    • Hana says:

      New Zealand for my Around-the-World reading tour. Buddy read with Diane Lynn for Winter? 2014-15

    • Carrie Dalby says:

      Great read. The New Zealand setting was interesting and the characters strong. Will look for more books by Dorothy Eden.

    • Kimberly Ruck says:

      Great storyThe story is fascinating but some of the more gruesome details about the hau haus could have been left out, and the story would have been just as interesting.

    • Maddie Jane says:

      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 says:

      Good StoryI 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 says:

      Good readThe 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.

    • Marsha Reynolds says:

      Good vacation readingain candy.

    • Linda says:

      A marriage of convenience set in New Zealand.

    • Anneceleste says:

      6 stars. My favourite from Dorothy Eden so far.

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