• Title: Zenna Dare
  • Author: Rosanne Hawke
  • ISBN: 9781925139037
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Paperback
  • Zenna Dare A secret spans five generations from Cornwall to Australia Who was Zenna Dare When Jenefer moves to the old family home in country Kapunda she uncovers a secret from the past What sort of life did Gw
    A secret spans five generations from Cornwall to Australia Who was Zenna Dare When Jenefer moves to the old family home in country Kapunda, she uncovers a secret from the past What sort of life did Gweniver, her great great great grandmother, lead And what connection did she have to the glamorous young singer, Zenna Dare Could a nineteenth century mother of nine haveA secret spans five generations from Cornwall to Australia Who was Zenna Dare When Jenefer moves to the old family home in country Kapunda, she uncovers a secret from the past What sort of life did Gweniver, her great great great grandmother, lead And what connection did she have to the glamorous young singer, Zenna Dare Could a nineteenth century mother of nine have led a double life, and, if so, why In a story crossing five generations, from the old world to the new, Zenna Dare brings reconciliation in ways than Jenefer could ever have imagined.

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    1. This great story is set in the Barossa Valley area in South Australia. When Jenefer and her family move away from the city to this small town and into an old family home, built in the 1850s, Jenefer is sure she is going to be miserable. She is not at all prepared for the fascinating journey she embarks on after discovering a secret room in the house and a box filled with intriguing hints about the life of her triple great grandmother. Nor is she prepared for the relationship which developed betw [...]

    2. This book took me over two weeks to read - it wasn't that it didn't grip me it did. It had me constantly thinking about the characters and the threads and layers and how Rosanne has created such an awesome story. I found it interesting, even with around 20 pages to go, I wasn't urgently needing to know the ending. This is a story worth savouring every minute. It's been a while since I had that feeling while reading a book. The only thing I didn't like was that it was written in first person pres [...]

    3. This new edition of Rosanne Hawke’s YA mystery Zenna Dare has has so many fine interwoven layers it’s hard to know where to begin appreciating its nuances and textures. The blurb suggests a pretty ordinary book but it’s far from that.Jenefer Tremayne is aghast when her father decides to move back to the small country town he lived in as a kid. She’s in her last year at school and she’s got friendships and an education that have been ruptured in a flash. But almost at once her attitude [...]

    4. Zenna Dare is my favourite book by Rosanne Hawke so far. It's a YA parallel narrative, set in contemporary South Australia (Kapunda & Adelaide) and in Cornwall, London and Kapunda in the mid-19th century. Jenefer Tremayne is aggrieved at being dislocated from Adelaide to the small town of Kapunda for her final year of High School, even if the historical town settled by Cornish miners in the 19th century has been the home of her father's family for five or six generations. She is slightly mol [...]

    5. I really enjoyed this YA novel by Rosanne Hawke. Jenefer, one of the protagonists, is well developed as a character, which I always appreciate. Part of her character development comes through her relationship with Caleb, whom she meets after her reluctant but necessary move to Kapunda. In her new (old) house, Jenefer has an underground bedroom and discovers a secret box. The contents lead her on a quest to discover things about her ancestors, especially her 'triple great grandmother', the beauti [...]

    6. When Year 12 student Jenefer has to move from Adelaide to the country town of Kapunda with her father, step-mother and younger siblings, she's not too keen. However, she soon discovers there's more to tie her to the town than she thought. In a secret room in the ancestral home where she now lives, she finds a box than contains secrets about her triple great grandmother Gweniver. What was the mystery surrounding Gweniver's move from Cornwall to Australia in the mid 19th century and what does that [...]

    7. This was a great read that kept me interested with every page. Alternating between Jenefer in present day Kapunda, South Australia and her ancestor Gweniver in 1850's Cornwall/South Australia, it was like reading through layers of a story, slowly unravelling the mystery that appears to have been a family secret.Jenefer was a nice character who seemed to mature throughout the story and I loved how she jumped right into the job of researching her family history, using the internet as well as local [...]

    8. I don't read much young adult but did enjoy this. Well structured in a herringbone style, this switches between South Australia and Cornwall of the 1800s.

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