Book: A perfect wife for Peregrine Winthop (Southern Seas Series) by Gwendoline Ewinscategories: Book, Disappointment, South Pacific, Second Chance, Sensuality, Polynesia, Opposing Cultures
Gwendoline Ewinsabout this book: A short story that can be read in one sitting, intended for readers 17+
Written first person present tense
1857, southern England. A perfect wife for Peregrine is said by his friends to be the daughter of Reverend Obadiah Crombie: "Marianna is the perfect wife for you, the perfect helpmeet." "A little older than you but that's no great fault." "She's a good Christian woman, hardworking, zealous" they say, though none of them will have to live with her - sleep with her.
Peregrine tells us about the disaster of his wedding night and the awful realisation that he should never have relied on the opinion of others to choose his perfect wife. Six years later his worst fears are realised. There is no joy in his marriage and certainly none of the passion that surrounds him in Polynesia. When fate comes to his aid he grasps what is offered with every fibre of his being.
Amazon reviews: "This wonderful short story is not in a genre I would normally seek out, but my life has been enriched from the author's life portrayed through her characters."
• "I loved the free-flowing descriptive details of the islands and the contrasting characters."
• "The cultural differences in Victorian missionary Pacifika are delightfully played out - a bit more like a coming of age than romance."
• "A wonderful sense of the period and setting."
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