Tag: Canadian author

Joanna Goodman’s — The home for unwanted girls *****

Joanna Goodman’s — The home for unwanted girls *****

Although Maggie’s mother is French Canadian, Maggie is sent to an English school by her English father. But in spite of her predominantly English up bringing, she falls in love with a poor French boy, Gabriel. At fifteen she discovers she’s pregnant. Pressured by 1950s Quebec’s stance on unwedded mothers and her beloved father’s threat of abandoning her if she keeps the child and has any more to do with Gabriel, Maggie’s child, Elodie is taken from her.

Goodman presents the English/French mistrust in Quebec to perfection and while at times the story is predictable, the experiences of little Elodie’s time in two institutions reflects the horror orphans of that era went through. A compelling read.

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Bernice Morgan’s — Random Passage *****

Bernice Morgan’s — Random Passage *****

When Lavinia’s family lose their fortune, they leave England for a remote settlement on Canada’s east coast. Here they toil beside a handful of residents year after year. With little farmable soil, they depend on the sea for their meagre livelihood.

A well told tale of hardship and survival of early European settlers in Canada.

Margaret Atwood’s — Alias Grace *****

Margaret Atwood’s — Alias Grace *****

Grace leaves Ireland to settle in Canada, but family hardship forces her into employment. When she moves away from her family to work for Thomas Kinnear, her life unravels. She is accused, along with another of Kinnear’s workers, of murdering Kinnear and his mistress.

This novel is based on the notorious nineteenth century murder when many believed Grace was evil and possibly insane, while others thought her innocent. So which is it?

Margaret Atwood is a prolific Canadian writer. For me, her two best novels are Alias Grace and The Handmaid’s Tale.

Mary Lawson’s — The other side of the bridge *****

Mary Lawson’s — The other side of the bridge *****

After Laura arrives in a small Northern Ontario community, she falls in love with charismatic Jake. Unlike his older brother, Arthur, he is unpredictable. Once Laura becomes pregnant, it is Arthur who stands by her and as time passes, Laura learns to love him. But years later, when the irresistible Jake returns, the old attraction returns, and the rivalry between the brothers causes a tragic accident that can never be mended.

This is the best book I’ve read of Mary Lawson.

Babara Hodgson’s — The tattooed map *****

Babara Hodgson’s — The tattooed map *****

Travellers, Lydia and Christopher have visited many places. On this trip they head to Morocco. Her diary entries begin as travel notes, but soon lapse into the difference between herself and her travelling companion while a strange tattoo worms its way up her arm. When she mysteriously disappears in Marrakech, Christopher continues diary entries on his quest to locate Lydia. Continue reading “Babara Hodgson’s — The tattooed map *****”

Joan Clark’s — An audience of chairs *****

Joan Clark’s — An audience of chairs *****

Moranna lives in a Cape Bretton farm house in a small village. She is often alone when her partner, Bun is away working on the ferries between islands. Although she is considered mad by the locals, she decides to attend her daughter’s impending wedding in Halifax once she learns the news. But will she be welcome?