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)