Fields of Gold Beneath Prairie Skies: Canadian Historical Brides

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French-Canadian soldier, Napoleon, proposes to Lea during WWI, promising golden fields of wheat as far as the eye can see. After the armistice, he sends money for her passage, and she journeys far from her family and the conveniences of a modern country to join him on a homestead in Saskatchewan. More

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About Suzanne de Montigny

Award winning author, Suzanne de Montigny, wrote her first novella when she was twelve. Years later, she discovered it in an old box in the basement, thus reigniting her love affair with writing. A teacher for twenty years, she enjoys creating fantasy and paranormal for tweens and teens. She lives in Burnaby, B.C., Canada with the four loves of her life – her husband, two boys, and Buddy the dog.

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About the Series: Canadian Historical Brides
Celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday, #Canada150, the Canadian Historical Brides series celebrates the men and women who braved the Canadian wilderness to carve new homes and new lives out of a beautiful and wild land. There will be 12 books in the series, one for every Province in Canada and 1 for each territory (with Northwest Territories and Inuvik combined in one volume), released over an 18 month period in 2017 and 2018.

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About the Series: Canadian Historical Brides
Each of the Canadian Historical Brides novels features a historical event in one of the ten provinces and three territories of Canada. The books, based on actual historical times, combine fact and fiction to show how the brides and grooms, all from diverse backgrounds, join in marriage to create new lives and build a great country. Written or co-authored by some of Books We Love's Best Selling Canadian and International authors.

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Diane Scott Lewis reviewed on on Jan. 9, 2018

Lea meets a young soldier in her native Belgium during WW1. Napoleon tells her of the wheat fields under blue skies in his home province of Saskatchewan, Canada. Lea leaves her beloved family and travels to the prairie to face a struggling life with her soldier, now a farmer. They work to establish a farm, and per the "Homestead" act they finally own the property.
But the Great Depression is upon them, with drought, dust storms and even locusts. Lea designs flour sack clothes, and her friend arrives in a buggy made from the carcass of a car-quite innovative.
As their children arrive, Lea deals with tragedy, but Napoleon is always there for her, or will his pride harm their family?
The descriptions of farm life in a harsh environment are vivid. I'd have liked more depth of character in Napoleon, perhaps through intense 'personal' conversations with Lea, which would have enriched both characters. But it's a thought-provoking YA read.
Ms. deMontigny based this story on her own family history.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
penwoman reviewed on on Sep. 28, 2017

BooksWeLove Inc dedicated this series to the immigrants male and female, who left their homes and families, crossed oceans and endured unimaginable hardships in order to settle in the Canadian wilderness and build new lives in a rough and untamed county.

If you have read an enjoyed Little House on the Prairie and the rest of the series by Laura Ingalls Wilder you will enjoy Fields of Gold.

De Montigny brings the past to life in this novel about her grandparents Lea and Napoleon who met in Belgium during the First World War. After she promised to marry him, Napoleon returned to Canada with the promise that he would give her fields of gold. He sends her the money for her tickets, and after an emotional farewell to her family she is reunited with him.

I shared Lea and Napoleon’s determination to be homesteaders, build a house and raise
a family despite obstacles. De Montigny brings past times to life in this beautifully written fact fiction novel. She is a talented novelist whose word pictures I enjoy. For example, Napoleon’s description of Saskatchewan. “It’s a beautiful place, miles and miles of flat land as far as the eye can see, and golden fields of wheat. And the skies like scenes from heaven – castles, cathedrals, angels, even animals.”

This novel is a ‘page turner’. When I finished it I wanted to share more of Lea and Napoleon’s joys and sorrows during their long struggle to tame their land overcome setbacks.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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