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Finch's Fortune: 05/12/15
Finch's Fortune by Mazo de la Roche is the third (in publication order) of the Whiteoaks of Jalna series. With the death of the matriarch the family is reeling from the revelation that Jalna and its fortune goes to Finch.
For his 21st birthday, and his coming into his inheritance, Finch goes to Europe. He will be spending time with his Aunt Augusta and falling in and out of love with a cousin, Sarah Court.
Half of Finch's Fortune takes place in Europe and half back in Canada. Plot-wise, it reminds me of Guermante's Way, the third piece of Proust's In Search of Lost Time. Tone-wise, though, it reminds me of one of Daphne du Maurier's novels. Finch's interactions with Sarah and the others in his family is always strained. Even when everyone is apparently happy and having fun, there's a lingering sense of wrongness.