MISTRESS OF THE MALIBUWhen beautiful young Willa Reade first saw the wild California coast called the Malibu, she knew she had come home. It was here, with her handsome aristocratic husband, Owen, and her crippled sister Lena, that Willa would build her empire.The Malibu, where the mountains meet the sea. A sprawling ranch pounded by the raging Pacific, it would grow to shMISTRESS OF THE MALIBUWhen beautiful young Willa Reade first saw the wild California coast called the Malibu, she knew she had come home. It was here, with her handsome aristocratic husband, Owen, and her crippled sister Lena, that Willa would build her empire.The Malibu, where the mountains meet the sea. A sprawling ranch pounded by the raging Pacific, it would grow to shelter the generations of a might California dynasty.Willa's dynasty. Through the boom days of the railroads, from the dance halls of San Francisco, to the revolutionary fires of China, through the bitter losses of war and the terrible secrets of a forbidden love, Willa would fight. For pride, for passion, for her children and her men...for the vast cherished acres of the Malibu, her kingdom, her home, her destiny.Like GONE WITH THE WIND and THE THORN BIRDS, a once-in-adecade story that will sweep you away into another woman's life....
|Title||:||Hers the Kingdom|
|Number of Pages||:||597 Pages|
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Hers the Kingdom Reviews
I really loved this book. This is a sprawling saga filled with family, social and political conflicts as well as deep secrets. Enjoyed the characters, especially "crippled" Lena and Wing Soong who share a forbidden love. The story covered a wide sweep of history from 1887 thru 1939 covering the early days of land speculation and settlement of the California coast, especially Malibu. There is wonderful description of the natural beauty of the region as well as its dangers. Read this first around publication date (1982) and probably again in the 90's and certain scenes have stayed with me. There is also a sequel, Gift of the Golden Mountain, but it is no-where as satisfying a read.
If one were to blend adjectives like enthralling, enchanting, and riveting together, the resulting term would still be too tame a to summarize my feeling for this totally engrossing narrative. The story begins in the post-Civil War era on the plains of an Illinois farm, owned by the Porter family since it was first settled. Eleven siblings – only two of them female lived – lived with hard working parents during happy times. Enter Owen Reade, a man of great substance, who has been introduced to the farm’s matriarch by a letter of introduction from her close childhood friend. Willa, the eldest daughter, after a week of courtship, marries Reade and leaves. The remaining daughter, Lena, crippled by a birth defect of the hip, deeply misses her sister. Move now to California in its early settlement days. Reade purchases a vast quantity of California coastline and they construct the “Rancho Malibu y Sequit.” Lena comes west to assist her sister with childbirth, and their friendships with ranch staff and California society weave a fascinating tale that totally drew me into this saga.I’ve added this marvelous book to my Top Ten List. I couldn’t put it down.
This is a long, long saga of two sisters who were born before the turn of the century and lived on a ranch on the California coast, the Malibu. It is like reading a century long soap opera. The characters are a little too romantic, too shallow to be real, but it was interesting enough that I finished it, even though, toward the end, I kept thinking "Will this ever end?"There is a similarity between the Reade's of this book and the Rindge family, who did own a Rancho Malibu, and there was a widow who tried to keep roads and the railroad off her property. So I guess it could be classified almost as historical fiction.
sweeping saga of my most favorite sort! breezy read. great characters in a marvelous setting. would have given it 5 stars, but the writing lacks the depth i so crave. all the same, a read which carried me away for days.
I know I read this years ago. Anything else I've completely forgotten.
I love a good family saga and this is probably the best I have ever read. This has such a depth of character and events the author must be recounting a real family.
Loved this book -- read it several years ago! The plot is amazing, the characters dazzingly vivid and the details just captivating!