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Nothing is more important to Rupert J. Willows than the image he has built to hide the deep secret of his true identity. A master manipulator, the ruthless and charismatic Rupert schemes his way into the upper class when he purchases the opulent mansion, Ravenscraig Hall. It is the turn of the 20th century in one of the fastest growing cities in North America; a brawling,Nothing is more important to Rupert J. Willows than the image he has built to hide the deep secret of his true identity. A master manipulator, the ruthless and charismatic Rupert schemes his way into the upper class when he purchases the opulent mansion, Ravenscraig Hall. It is the turn of the 20th century in one of the fastest growing cities in North America; a brawling, raucous, frontier boomtown with a taste for fine theatre and loose women. True power is within Rupert's grasp as long as his secret stays buried.Malka Zigman is a survivor. Orphaned in London, she has just joined her Uncle Zev and his hardworking Jewish family in Canada. Recent immigrants who escaped from poverty and violence in czarist Russia, the Zigmans struggle to put down roots in the New World. With family resources stretched thin, Malka takes a risk. Everything is about to change as she reinvents herself as Maisie Rosedale and crosses over to the exclusive world of "the English" as the new maid at Ravenscraig....

Title : Ravenscraig
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ISBN : 9781469783239
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 532 Pages
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Ravenscraig Reviews

  • Sarah
    2019-03-25 11:02

    I really, really, really wanted to like this book. I am a transplant to Winnipeg (my husband is a native to the city) and I was interested to read a book set here and steeped in the history of the area.First of all, I will commend the author: the book was obviously written with a lot of love for the history of Winnipeg and a desire to dessiminate its singular story. It is obviously well-researched, the historical data is interesting and compelling. This said... I feel it is a poorly written novel. I find many of the characters, situations and dialogue terribly contrived. This left me with a constant struggle to take this novel seriously while I was reading it. Also: the editing is atrocious. There are a plethora of obvious errors, and it needs to be re-edited desperately.Had this been a work of non-fiction, I feel that Altner would've excelled. Winnipeg has an interesting history, and it is on display in this book. I found myself too distracted with the writing to really enjoy it as I feel I should have. I read this for my book club and am quite interested to see what others thought of the work.

  • Barbara
    2019-04-24 10:58

    I have always loved history. I like it best when imagination and history intersect. This new author has done a superb job of telling the story of immigration to Canada by Russian Jews in the late 1880's. It actually followed a wealthy family and a poor Russian immigrant family and described life as it was experienced for both. My heart felt their story of fear mixed with hope. The story included the good, the bad and the ugly parts of history. My only disappointment was that I wish I knew before I read it how much historical research had gone into this. The research aspect of writing is always fascinating to me. I enjoyed discovering, after I read the book, just how close the book was parallel to actual historical events. Well done Sandi Altner. I will anticipate a sequel.Barbara Anne Waite- Author Memoir "Elsie-Adventures of an Arizona Teacher 1913-1916"

  • Myron Lezak
    2019-03-31 07:12

    Excellent historical fiction with a surprise ending

  • Kjirstin
    2019-04-18 06:05

    I was intrigued by the idea of a novel set in Winnipeg, Manitoba as it grew into one of the larger Canadian cities. On that score, the book delivered, showing many sides of people's experiences in that city -- both the poor and the rich. Fires, epidemics, waves of immigration, secret pasts and men creating their own futures from nothing... it's all to be had in this book.However, the book didn't achieve the same success with the plot and the characters. It was a little hard to tell whose story we were following, or why we should care about what's happening as we shift from one perspective to another, and the characters themselves were a bit cartoonish. The final stages of the book are in the summer of 1914 which strikes me as an odd time to leave off a story in historical fiction, since we know that WWI is going to turn Canada upside down in a few months' time. I'm glad to have had the chance to read a little about the history of a place that I know next to nothing about, and I'll definitely be looking up more info on the history of western Canadian cities, now.

  • Mary
    2019-04-24 06:17

    Definitely worth reading if you have a strong connection to Winnipeg, which I do. The story had a few too many coincidences in bringing the characters together, but this is Winnipeg after all where there is never more than two degrees of separation between people (and often just one). However, I enjoyed reading about the history of the city at the turn of the twentieth century.

  • Estott
    2019-04-10 10:10

    Readable, but after a while I got tired of the infodumps. I was very annoyed that Rupert Willows spends a lifetime trying to hide a secret, and at the end he gets away with it. The author isn't a bad writer, this could have been better.

  • Karen
    2019-03-29 06:09

    Ravenscraig begins in a poor village in Russia. It is the late 1800's and the czar has ordered the destruction of a Jewish village once again. The Zigman family, struggling to survive has made the brave decision to escape their brutal existence in Russia and travel to Zevs father who awaits them in Canada. Even though the journey is risky and they will be separated for a long period of time, the family believes they will be together again and find the peace and happiness they desperately seek. The Willows family is on their way up. Rupert Willows has reinvented himself and is enjoying one success after another as Winnipeg grows by leaps and bounds. His unending desire for wealth and celebrity nourishes his scheming, shallow ways and he will not stop until he's reached the top. Over many years and many miles, these two families live and love, win and lose and their paths cross in the most unexpected ways. From the pogroms of Russia, the exciting growth of Winnipeg all the way to the maiden voyage of the Titanic, this novel spans across generations of families, friendship, and survival. Highly recommend this captivating novel which is rather long but completely enjoyable the entire way through. Do not miss this page turner filled with inspirational characters and the simplest of themes, hope. BUT TODAY!! Ravenscraig

  • Katherine Coble
    2019-03-30 04:04

    This book came up when I searched for Downton Abbey. Since I love historical fiction, especially novels about the immigrant experience I jumped on it. I really wanted to love it. I didn't. It was full of info dumps, lectures on Canadian politics masquerading as dinner conversation, and cartoonish characters. The author does a passible job at taking the reader through the historic events of the 20 years from 1895-1915. There are two sets of characters--rich and poor. The poor but earnest immigrants have a good story. If she'd stuck to that this could have been a good 3-4 star book. Instead, the author decided to introduce a melodramatic villain in the person of the wealthy antagonist. Everything this stupid guy does is clownish and contrived. It just wasn't a fun read, given that we spent half the book with this awful man and his schemes. Not only is he a bad character, the contrivance of his involvement in one of the major historic events of the time period was an excruciating shark jump. If the book had ended before that or had not included it, it would have redeemed it for me. As it is, however, this book just ruined a good tale of immigrants with buffoonery.

  • Bluejay44
    2019-04-21 09:16

    It was very interesting to read about life in Winnipeg, seeing it from different angles - the wealthy and the poverty of the immigrants.The story follows Rupert Willows and his climb to escape and cover up his roots. Seeking wealth and approval from the elite, aims that he covets and will use any means to attain.Also the life of the Zigman family and their struggles to escape from Tsarist Russia and to be together in a safe environment, where there is hope of building a better future.These lives intertwine as the younger generations when Malka Zigman takes employment with the Willows, using the name of Maisie Rosedale, knowing she would not get such work as a Jew. She certainly never expected to be travelling on the Titanic.

  • Mickey
    2019-04-19 08:52

    I truly enjoyed this book and found it very hard to put down. My eyes could not read fast enough and at times I was annoyed that I could not continue to just sit and read. The scenes on The Titanic were heart wrenching even though it is a story many have heard before. I enjoyed learning about the immigrants from Winnepeg Canada. I knew little of these people. The author knows how to hold your interest with clear and comprehendable descriptions of the era and people. I will seek out more books by this author as her writing style draws you in to explore and learn whilst increasing your appetite for more.

  • Heather(Gibby)
    2019-04-06 04:12

    I absolutely loved this book. Reading it was like having a conversation with an old dear friend. There are so many interesting historical references to the settling of Winnipeg. My Google search engine has been busy looking up references made in the book. I also thought the characters were very well developed and believable. There was a comment in another review that there were too many coincidences in the book, but if you are from Winnipeg, you know everyone is only separated by two degrees of separation. I am sure it was even more so when the population was only 75,000. If you have nay interest in the history of Winnipeg, I highly recommend this book.

  • Kelly Heslip
    2019-04-19 09:14

    This was an interesting and enjoyable read! Very rich in history of the Jewish Russians, Ukranians and from other countries and how they made their voyage to Canada and claimed land in Manitoba. It follows a family in the upper echelons of society (although, there's a little something secret to the patriarch's past), and a Jewish family that escaped from the Russian Czar. Starts in the late 1800's and even takes you through the sinking of the Titanic. I highly recommend this to history buffs (there's a little romance, but very clean and not stifling)

  • Peg
    2019-04-15 10:16

    New territory for me - historical fiction centering on Winnipeg around the turn of the 20th century. Highlighting the Russian Jewish population of immigrants, the book gives an interesting view of lives being carved out by newcomers, at both ends of the socio-economic scale in that far off Canadian city. The details are well crafted; the dialogue sometimes a bit stilted. All in all, I enjoyed the book. When some primary characters found themselves on the Titanic, I thought, here we go again, but the details of that tragedy were realistic and interesting.

  • Carol Burrey
    2019-03-31 04:00

    Rupert was a greedy, rotten scoundrel. I couldn't believe the ending. So far in life he has gotten away with everything. Someday, hopefully, he will either learn or he will pay. I hoped that when he was praying for the first time, I think it was on the Titanic, he would have a change of heart. But, no, not him. I hope Beth and all his children will have some happy years without him.

  • Bootsy
    2019-04-16 10:05

    Award winning book that is an amazing historical/fictional telling of the stories of the early immigrants to a prospering,young Winnipeg. A good read that even has the Titanic thrown in for good effect. Realistic, and I think it would make a hell of a TV series. Recommended reading, and Shell approved! Good job Sandi Krawchenko-Altner.

  • Anita
    2019-04-21 06:56

    Malka / Maisie is a wonderful character. She hides and selectively reveals her heritage. She learns medical information by reading discarded texts enough to become the secret study partner of her employer's son, and finally his wife and business partner.I did not like the end. RJW should not get a free pass to start over.

  • Melanie
    2019-04-13 11:10

    I really enjoyed this book. Not being Jewish myself, it was interesting to read about their traditions, not to mention the trials and tribulations of the families around the turn of the century. There seemed to be a lot of characters to keep track of and I had to concentrate a little when I was reading, so I wouldn't call it light, but it was very enjoyable.

  • Julia Smith
    2019-04-16 02:52

    What a refreshing historical novel in Canada that isn't wilderness. I learned a lot of history and met some interesting characters. Well written and easy to read. The ending is a bit of a puzzle but still a 'hoot' of a ending.

  • Jenni
    2019-03-27 05:49

    Not my usual choice of genre, but I enjoyed it, learnt something about the history of Canada and the Jews who arrived looking for the roads paved with gold !The romance side was a little predictable, but I liked getting it right !!Well written, a good read.

  • Mariah
    2019-04-10 06:47

    Being from the United States, I don't know much about Canadian history. It was fun to read about and see the similarities and differences. I liked how the characters were developed and likeable (most of them). I was very happy with the way the plot flowed and kept me involved. Great book.

  • Robbi LeahFreeman
    2019-04-22 08:03

    April 15, 2013This review is from: Ravenscraig (Kindle Edition)Many plots and sub plots but draw together well. Loved all characters except one. Is there another book? Several questions left unanswered but a great read.

  • Amie
    2019-04-15 03:59

    I was really enjoying the book, until they added the Titanic to it. I dislike drama, and though I am a history buff, anything overly dramatic just ruins the whole story.

  • Lynn
    2019-04-13 09:51

    I loved this book and have recommended it to many of my friends. I can't get the characters out of mind. I was lonely when the book ended!

  • Amber
    2019-04-08 05:04

    Awesome story with crazy ending :)

  • Magda
    2019-04-21 10:01

    The historical fiction part was pretty darn good, but the "upper crust" characterization and dialogue were abysmal. I liked the other characters, though.

  • Amandalynn01
    2019-04-01 03:55

    A little lengthy, but an enjoyable read.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-02 08:07

    I loved this book! It hit so close to home and the way my great grandparents made their way to America, from the Ukraine.

  • Cori
    2019-04-02 05:56

    Absolutely wonderful~

  • Nancy
    2019-04-19 07:54

    especially enjoyed this book as we recently visited Winnipeg on our road trip to Alaska

  • Tambi
    2019-04-09 03:10

    I loved this book, interesting to get some Winnipeg history in the story.