The River and The Sea by James Ferron Anderson
With her husband in the trenches of Flanders, Sarah Underhill struggles alone to maintain their home for his return.
But these orchards and lands have been part of a misjudged attempt to establish an English Eden in the arid interior of British Columbia.
The help she finds is young Irishman Jack Butler, whom she discovers to be a liar, a thief, and possibly more. Their love affair must end with the wounded Edward’s return.
Jack’s love turns to hatred and when he gets his chance to lead Edward to possible death in the frozen north, he takes it.
“I was taken aback at how much I liked this, for the quality of the imagery and themes, the two main characters who create conflict and intrigue.” —Cate Sweeney, author Selfish Jean
“It took me to a time and a place I knew nothing of. Jack and Sarah are strong and clearly drawn together – that classic brought together by circumstance thing, à la ‘Gone With the Wind’.” —Sam Ruddock, Writers Centre Norwich
“I felt drawn in and soon quite engrossed… quite transported to the Canadian winter. Very atmospheric, very well done.” —Keiron Pim, Literary Editor Eastern Daily Press