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The Housemaid's Daughter

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The Housemaid's Daughter by Barbara Mutch
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Duty and love collide on the arid plains of central South Africa. Cathleen Harrington leaves her home in Ireland in 1919 to travel to South Africa and marry the fiance she has not seen for five years. Isolated and estranged in a harsh landscape, she finds solace in her diary and the friendship of her housemaid's daughter, Ada. Cathleen recognises in her someone she can love and respond to in a way that she cannot with her own husband and daughter. Under Cathleen's tutelage, Ada grows into an accomplished pianist, and a reader who cannot resist turning the pages of the diary, discovering the secrets Cathleen sought to hide. Ada is compromised and finds she is expecting a mixed-race child, she flees her home, determined to spare Cathleen the knowledge of her betrayal, and the disgrace that would descend upon the family. Scorned within her own community, Ada is forced to carve a life for herself, her child, and her music. But Cathleen still believes in Ada, and risks the constraints of apartheid to search for her and persuade her to return with her daughter. Beyond the cruelty, there is love, hope - and redemption.

Author Biography

Barbara Mutch is South African by birth and currently lives in Surrey but returns to South Africa every year. THE HOUSEMAID'S DAUGHTER is her first novel.
Release date NZ
January 3rd, 2013
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Audience
  • General (US: Trade)
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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Headline Review
Pages
416
Dimensions
138x241x27
ISBN-13
9780755392124
Product ID
19842779

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