by Lynne Golding
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Pub Date 04 May 2021 | Archive Date 04 Aug 2021
As the world settled the treaty to the recently concluded war-to-end-all-wars, and as the Canadian government repatriated the brave members of her expeditionary force, Canadians sought two things above all else: an end to the beleaguered state suffered during the war, and a return to the innocence that preceded it.
In the final book of the Beneath the Alders trilogy, Jessie Stephens discovers that neither is entirely possible. Set between 1918 and 1931, Jessie comes of age on the heels of the Spanish flu epidemic, in a time where skirt hems rose, marriageable men were in short supply, and compliance with temperance laws fell. As modern medical, dental, and training programs strove to restore the lives of the war’s injured, Jessie is a student at the University of Toronto, a mourner in the fields of France, a tourist in European capitals, a love struck guide in the hills of Caledon, and a devoted family member in her home town of Brampton. As she uncovers the secrets that have beset her since her earliest days, and others of more recent discovery, Jessie, her family, and her community begin to mend.
“Besmitten by The Beleaguered. It is pure Ontario Gothic. The descriptions of Lynne Golding’s scenes are deeply evocative and authentic, painting precisely another place and time.” — John Campion, Toronto
“The Beleaguered is extraordinary. I still have tears in my eyes from its final pages. I have insight into a period of time about which I knew very little save from a history focused on the battlefront, not the home front.” — Kevin Goldthorp, Toronto
“Lynne Golding captured the ups and downs of young female friendship perfectly. I found myself fascinated by how people came together to contribute to the war effort. Really great detail and a fun plot.” — Katherine Jones, Toronto
“The Beleaguered is a national treasure that should be required reading for every Canadian. The story unfolds in a small Ontario town in the early 1900s with characters that take you on an emotional journey. As a Bramptonian, the novel opened my eyes to the incredible architecture in my town — it literally changed how I look at some buildings I have walked by for decades.” — Carol Smith, Brampton
“In reading The Innocent and The Beleaguered, I have come to know Jessie Stephens and her family and friends as if they were my own. Through them, I experienced the initial excitement of World War I, the later trepidation, the feelings of fear, guilt, and sorrow, the challenges of life at home during the war, the successes, and even the joy of the time. I’m anxiously awaiting the third book in the series.” — Pam London, Indiana
“Lynne Golding’s abilities as a storyteller and her attention to the details of her research shed light on small-town Canada in the early twentieth century in a rare way.” — Jackie Eisner, Halifax
“With apparent simplicity, Lynne Golding provides a depth of sensitivity and understanding of human nature that transforms her words to an art form.” — Ruth Redelmeier, Port Hope
“The Beleaguered is a tremendous read of what the war was like in small-town Canada and how it impacted people.” — Steve Coupland, Ottawa
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