First published in 1933, The Master of Jalna is Renny Whiteoak, who owns the old house and property. After the death of Grandmother Adeline, Renny attempts to carry on the family tradition. He and his wife Alayne have a daughter named Adeline, who has inherited her namesake's red hair, strong will, and fierce temper. While Alayne is preoccupied trying to tame this wild, red-headed child, Renny has a love affair with Claire, the widow of his best friend. The whole Whiteoak family is back at Jalna, and Renny looks after everyone, including Claire and her daughter. He faces a financial crisis and struggles to keep the estate intact. This is book 10 of 16 in The Whiteoak Chronicles. It is followed by Whiteoak Harvest.
In 1927, Mazo de la Roche was an impoverished writer in Toronto when she won a $10, 000 prize from the American magazine, Atlantic Monthly for her novel, Jalna. The book became an immediate bestseller and went to be adapted for stage, screen and television. Known for creating unforgettable charactes that come to life for her readers, Mazo de la Roche, is truly an icon of Canadian literature.
MASTER OF JALNA