A Riveting True Story From Another Time
Maggie is an engrossing true story set in the early 1900s, against the historical backdrop of WWI-era Canada. It features warm-hearted glimpses of life in a large ‘Pennsylvania Dutch’ family, as well as shocking revelations that Maggie’s husband wasn’t the man she thought he was. Author Elaine Cougler unearthed this tale twenty-five years after her mother, Alice Garner’s, death, and she masterfully preserves her mother’s voice, offering readers a relatable and enjoyable glimpse into the past.
From the opening scene with four-year-old Maggie down by the river watching the fish and the frogs, through the warm-hearted glimpses of growing up in the early nineteen hundreds in a large ‘Pennsylvania Dutch’ family, to the shocking fact that her husband was not the man she thought he was, this story is riveting. A true account found by author Elaine Cougler over twenty-five years after the death of her mother, Alice Garner, its layers of discovery kept unfolding as Elaine finished her mother’s tale. The story is written about places near Stratford, Ontario during the times surrounding WWI when Canada’s royal family changed its name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor as an answer to the prevailing anti-German feeling. Elaine chose to keep her mother’s words and style as she had written them. Elaine did, however, have to find ways to bridge the gaps left in her mother’s unfinished manuscript. The result is a family story with two voices that could easily be the tale of countless others. Readers will no doubt identify with and thoroughly enjoy this glimpse into history.
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The Loyalist Trilogy
The Loyalist Trilogy delves into American and Canadian history with two generations of the Garner family during the times of the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Rebellion of 1837. John goes off to fight for the King and leaves Lucy behind to try to hold on to their land in the midst of war-torn New York State. Later their sons have to choose sides to survive in the wilderness that was Upper Canada.
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