The Housemaid's Daughter

  • by Barbara Mutch
  • Narrated by Bahni Turpin, Cat Gould
  • 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Barbara Mutch's stunning first novel tells a story of love and duty colliding on the arid plains of Apartheid-era South Africa.
When Cathleen Harrington leaves her home in Ireland in 1919 to travel to South Africa, she knows that she does not love the man she is to marry there - her fiance Edward, whom she has not seen for five years. Isolated and estranged in a small town in the harsh Karoo desert, her only real companions are her diary and her housemaid, and later the housemaid's daughter, Ada. When Ada is born, Cathleen recognizes in her someone she can love and respond to in a way that she cannot with her own family.
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. As they grow closer, Ada sees new possibilities in front of her - a new horizon. But in one night, everything changes, and Cathleen comes home from a trip to find that Ada has disappeared, scorned by her own community. Cathleen must make a choice: should she conform to society, or search for the girl who has become closer to her than her own daughter?
Set against the backdrop of a beautiful, yet divided land, The Housemaid's Daughter is a startling and thought-provoking novel that intricately portrays the drama and heartbreak of two women who rise above cruelty to find love, hope, and redemption.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

long but worth it

this was a very interesting and touching story about Africa during the apartheid movement. 80 West such a determined black woman and someone who loved without regard for their skin color.
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- Linda Blevins

Sweet and heartbreaking.

What an amazing book. I was so engrossed in the lives of these lively characters, and so invested in their stories. Beautifully written, as well as perfectly performed.
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- Cynthia Pye

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-12-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.