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Foxfire [Kindle Edition]

Anya Seton
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Amanda Lawrence is a charming, sheltered socialite in the post-Depression New York of the 1930s. But when she falls in love with Jonathan Dartland, a part-Apache mining engineer, she decides to leave her privileged life behind. Amanda is infatuated with Dart's strength and self-reliance, but she has nothing and nobody to guide her when she follows him to Lodestone.



Foxfire is the story of a beautiful New York girl, desperately seeking a happy marriage in the played-out mining towns of the arid Arizona desert. It was adapted for the screen and released in 1955 starring Jane Russell and Jeff Chandler.



ANYA SETON (1904 -1990) was the author of 10 bestselling historical novels: Dragonwyk, My Theodosia, The Turquoise, The Hearth & Eagle, Foxfire, Katherine, Avalon, The Winthrop Woman, Devil Water and Green Darkness



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A captivating story of adventure and romance during the Great Depression, from the bestselling author of Katherine

About the Author

Anya Seton was born in New York City and grew up on her father's large estate in Cos Cob and Greenwich, Connecticut, where visiting Indians taught her Indian dancing and woodcraft. One Sioux chief called her Anutika, which means 'cloud grey eyes', a name which the family shortened to Anya. She was educated by governesses, and then travelled abroad, first to England, then to France where she hoped to become a doctor. She studied for a while at the Hotel Dieu hospital in Paris before marrying at eighteen and having three children. She began writing in 1938 with a short story sold to a newspaper syndicate and the first of her novels was published in 1941. She died in 1990.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 927 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (19 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IORP6LO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Foxfire is set in early 1930s depression era as slightly spoiled Amanda Lawrence meets the dark and brooding Jonathan Dartland (Dart) while returning on cruise from Europe. Despite Dart's poor prospects as a mining engineer, sparks fly and they are married and return to Lodestar, a mining operation in the remote back country of Arizona. Unused to the rougher aspects of life, Amanda has a difficult time settling in to her new life as well as mixing in with the mining community peopled with unusual characters -- from the alcoholic doctor Hugh hiding from his troubled past, the very mysterious Mrs. Cunningham, widow of the original 1880's boom town mine owner, who never leaves her huge mansion on the hill in the adjacent ghost town and more.

When Dart's half Apache mother dies, Amanda finds papers detailing a legend about two priests who discovered an ancient Anasazi cliff dwelling in the high country of Arizona with a glittering wall of gold in the cave behind it. Tensions between Amanda and Dart continue to grow as a miner whose scheme to murder Dart and take his job goes awry but ultimately disgraces Dart. With no career to look forward to, Hugh and Amanda convince Dart to lead them through treacherous back country to the lost city in search of the wall of gold - but Amanda and Dart eventually find a treasure in the valley much richer than gold.

Some readers might find the first half of this novel to be a bit slow paced as Seton sets up her storyline and details in the day to day life of a mining operation, but I enjoyed it very much. I have traveled quite a bit in the desert southwest and have always enjoyed taking the occasional mine tour or two and soaking in the history of those aging ghost towns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD... 13 Dec. 2004
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Written by master storyteller Anya Seton, this book tells the story of Amanda Lawrence, a young, well educated woman, whose family lost their fortune in the stock market crash of 1929. Pursued by the wealthy and cosmopolitan Tim Merrill, a member of the smart set of young people with whom she associates, she throws him over, to his and everyone's surprise, for Jonathan Dartland. Known as "Dart", he is a young mining engineer who straddles two worlds, that of his half-breed Apache mother, and that of his Harvard educated father, scion of a prominent New England family.
Dart and Amanda marry and move to a rough, depression era mining town called Lodestone. There, she meets a motley cast of characters and discovers what roughing it really means. Both she and Dart have issues that they must overcome or with which they must come to grips before either can find happiness in their marriage. The hardships of living in poverty in a depression era mining town take their toll on the relationship. Moreover, hidden jealousies at the mine impact on Dart's career.
These two lovers then find themselves torn apart by feelings about which neither of them speak. Together, they join with the mine's doctor, the bitter and always drunk Doctor Slater, and go off on an expedition to find a hidden mine. These intrepid explorers seek gold in hopes of attaining their individual dreams. Instead, they are be brought to the brink of death and despair. Yet, Amanda and Dart would find something that they thought had been beyond their grasp.
This novel is not one of Ms. Seton's better efforts. Though some of it is interesting, in terms of depression era life in a mining town, this book did not age particularly well, having a faint anachronistic feel to it. Still, fans of Ms. Seton may find a modicum of enjoyment in reading it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD... 14 May 2007
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Written by master storyteller Anya Seton, this book tells the story of Amanda Lawrence. a young, well educated woman, whose family lost their fortune in the stock market crash of 1929. Pursued by the wealthy and cosmopolitan Tim Merrill, a member of the smart set of young people with whom she associates, she throws him over, to his and everyone's surprise, for Jonathan Dartland. Known as "Dart", he is a young mining engineer who straddles two worlds, that of his half-breed Apache mother, and that of his Harvard educated father, scion of a prominent New England family.

Dart and Amanda marry and move to a rough, depression era mining town called Lodestone. There, she meets a motley cast of characters and discovers what roughing it really means. Both she and Dart have issues that they must overcome or come to grips with before either can find happiness in their marriage. The hardships of living in poverty in a depression era mining town take their toll on the relationship. Moreover, hidden jealousies at the mine impact on Dart's career.

These two lovers then find themselves torn apart by feelings about which neither of them speak. Together, they join with the mine's doctor, the bitter and always drunk Doctor Slater, and go off on an expedition to find a hidden mine. These intrepid explorers seek gold in hopes of attaining their individual dreams. Instead, they would be brought to the brink of death and despair. Yet, Amanda and Dart would find something that they thought had been beyond their grasp.

This novel is not one of Ms. Seton's better efforts. Though some of it is interesting, in terms of depression era life in a mining town, this book did not age particularly well, having a faint anachronistic feel to it. Still, fans of Ms. Seton will find a modicum of enjoyment in reading it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seton's tale of of love, a lost city in the sky and a legend of a wall of gold 4 July 2008
By Misfit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Foxfire is set in early 1930's depression era as slightly spoiled Amanda Lawrence meets the dark and brooding Jonathan Dartland (Dart) while returning on cruise from Europe. Despite Dart's poor prospects as a mining engineer, sparks fly and they are married and return to Lodestar, a mining operation in the remote back country of Arizona. Unused to the rougher aspects of life, Amanda has a difficult time settling in to her new life as well as mixing in with the mining community peopled with unusual characters -- from the alcoholic doctor Hugh hiding from his troubled past, the very mysterious Mrs. Cunningham, widow of the original 1880's boom town mine owner, who never leaves her huge mansion on the hill in the adjacent ghost town and more.

When Dart's half Apache mother dies, Amanda finds papers detailing a legend about two priests who discovered an ancient Anasazi cliff dwelling in the high country of Arizona with a glittering wall of gold in the cave behind it. Tensions between Amanda and Dart continue to grow as a miner whose scheme to murder Dart and take his job goes awry but ultimately disgraces Dart. With no career to look forward to, Hugh and Amanda convince Dart to lead them through treacherous back country to the lost city in search of the wall of gold - but Amanda and Dart eventually find a treasure in the valley much richer than gold.

Some readers might find the first half of this novel to be a bit slow paced as Seton sets up her storyline and details in the day to day life of a mining operation, but I enjoyed it very much. I have traveled quite a bit in the desert southwest and have always enjoyed taking the occasional mine tour or two and soaking in the history of those aging ghost towns. I very much enjoyed how Seton set up her scenes, especially the sights and sounds of the Sonoran Desert and the high country approaching the Mogollon (mug-e-yon) Rim. She must have spent a fair amount of time traveling through the region doing her research, I didn't catch a single gaffe in either her descriptions of the local towns, the geography of the region and the flora and fauna. I thought I was going to catch her if she kept describing the saguaros once her characters got into the higher elevations, but she was spot on. As stated previously, I enjoyed this book very much, but probably only for die hard Seton fans (and I am one) or for those interested in mining history and legends of lost gold. I see this book is due out in September '08 in a brand new edition and a beautiful new cover. Four stars.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Southwestern background a departure for Anya Seton 16 July 2001
By Ruth A. Caldwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
however, as usual, I was suspended in time (early 1900's) and read this book in a matter of hours ! ! A young society miss has never found the fellows her age of much interest, in her NY city society circle. Then she meets and falls in love with a young man with 1/4 Apache heritage. Her life takes an abrupt turn when all the comforts of life are gone and she finds herself on a crazy wild-goose chase in the deserts of Arizona ! It's a shame Anya Seton's books are so hard to come by... she's a master author!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected 5 July 2009
By Peggy Rizzo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Seton's story of life in a mining town is more than descriptive. It is an essay in human failings and awakenings. She poses contrasting elements between wealthy and poor, east and west, selfish and kind folks in a way that anyone can understand the difficulties the main character experiences in adjusting to a life quite different than what was previously known to her. I would have made many of the same choices, said many of the same things, and reacted in the same ways as she does in a hot dry mining town. While the story is a story, it is believable too.

I picked up this book with eyes for the golden southwest and found a treasure trove of characters that remind me of the cruelties of exclusion, presumption, and malice. At times the reader will hate all the characters in the book and, at other times will want to embrace them. Most of all they show us the complexities of relationship, of trusting and opening up to others and being oneself in the face of social opposition. People are cruel to each other - usually in response to some hurting of their own. The men are horrible and so are many of the women in this book. But the end shows that kindness stems from small efforts made and goodness prevails when one doesn't hold on to it so tightly. I am glad I read this book as I received a lot more from it than just entertainment.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD... 14 April 2008
By Lawyeraau - Published on Amazon.com
Written by master storyteller Anya Seton, this book tells the story of Amanda Lawrence, a young, well educated woman, whose family lost their fortune in the stock market crash of 1929. Pursued by the wealthy and cosmopolitan Tim Merrill, a member of the smart set of young people with whom she associates, she throws him over, to his and everyone's surprise, for Jonathan Dartland. Known as "Dart", he is a young mining engineer who straddles two worlds, that of his half-breed Apache mother, and that of his Harvard educated father, scion of a prominent New England family.

Dart and Amanda marry and move to a rough, depression era mining town called Lodestone. There, she meets a motley cast of characters and discovers what roughing it really means. Both she and Dart have issues that they must overcome or with which they must come to grips before either can find happiness in their marriage. The hardships of living in poverty in a depression era mining town take their toll on the relationship. Moreover, hidden jealousies at the mine impact on Dart's career.

These two lovers then find themselves torn apart by feelings about which neither of them speak. Together, they join with the mine's doctor, the bitter and always drunk Doctor Slater, and go off on an expedition to find a hidden mine. These intrepid explorers seek gold in hopes of attaining their individual dreams. Instead, they are be brought to the brink of death and despair. Yet, Amanda and Dart would find something that they thought had been beyond their grasp.

This novel is not one of Ms. Seton's better efforts. Though some of it is interesting, in terms of depression era life in a mining town, this book did not age particularly well, having a faint anachronistic feel to it. Still, fans of Ms. Seton may find a modicum of enjoyment in reading it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not Seton's best, but a good book 20 July 2009
By Michele - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is my summer of Anya Seton -- re-reading those books of hers that I read and loved years ago, plus reading all the ones that I've never read before. I kicked it off with Foxfire, which was one I hadn't read before. As in all of Seton's works, her re-creation of the time and place is wonderful. Also, her characterization is excellent; although this isn't a long book, she manages to develop all of the main players enough to make them more than just two-dimensional. You can feel the emotions and conflicts that each battles within themselves, as well as amongst each other.

Although the plot was good and the story well-done, I don't consider it one of Seton's best works. It just didn't draw me in to the same degree as some of her other works. Admittedly, perhaps this is simply because I am less drawn to the setting of this story (Depression-era American Southwest).
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