An Evening with Susanna Kearsley & Genevieve GrahamTuesday May 01 2018 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium
Join Susanna Kearsley and Genevieve Graham at this event presented by Simon & Schuster Canada as they read and discuss their latest works with host Kelly Bowen. Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Spring Literary Series.
From the bestselling author of A Desperate Fortune and The Firebird comes Susanna Kearsley’s Bellewether: an entrancing new novel of love, war, and historical intrigue.
Genevieve Graham, bestselling author of Tides of Honour and Promises to Keep, returns with Come from Away, a poignant novel about a young couple caught on opposite sides of the Second World War.
A former museum curator, Susanna Kearsley brings her passion for research and travel to her novels, weaving modern-day and historical intrigue. She won the prestigious Catherine Cookson Fiction Award for her novel Mariana, the 2010 Romantic Times Book Review’s Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction novel for The Winter Sea, was shortlisted for a 2012 RITA Award for The Rose Garden, and was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel from the Crime Writers of Canada for Every Secret Thing. Visit her website or follow her on Twitter.
Host Kelly Bowen attended the University of Manitoba where she earned a graduate degree in veterinary physiology and spent many years happily working as a research scientist in the agriculture industry. (None of which, of course, has anything to do with writing romance novels, except, perhaps when there are chickens and horses involved in the plot.) Her writing stemmed from her lifelong obsession with history, a weakness for a good love story and after her first child was born, she sat down to do what I'd also wanted to do - write a novel. A RITA Award winner and finalist, she currently resides in Winnipeg with her husband and sons who are wonderfully patient and supportive of the writing process. Except, that is, when they need a goalie for street hockey.
- by Susanna Kearsley
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From the bestselling author of A Desperate Fortune and The Firebird, comes an entrancing new novel of love, war, and historical intrigue.
Some houses seem to want to hold their secrets.
It's 1759 and the world is at war, pulling the North American colonies of Britain and France into the conflict. The times are complicated, as are the loyalties of many New York merchants who have secretly been trading with the French for years, defying Britain's colonial laws in a game growing ever more treacherous.
When captured French officers are brought to Long Island to be billeted in private homes on their parole of honour, it upends the lives of the Wilde family--deeply involved in the treasonous trade and already divided by war.
Lydia Wilde, struggling to keep the peace in her fracturing family following her mother's death, has little time or kindness to spare for her unwanted guests. And Canadian lieutenant Jean-Philippe de Sabran has little desire to be there. But by the war's end they'll both learn love, honour, and duty can form tangled bonds that are not broken easily.
Their doomed romance becomes a local legend, told and re-told through the years until the present day, when conflict of a different kind brings Charley Van Hoek to Long Island to be the new curator of the Wilde House Museum.
Charley doesn't believe in ghosts. But as she starts to delve into the history of Lydia and her French officer, it becomes clear that the Wilde House holds more than just secrets, and Charley discovers the legend might not have been telling the whole story...or the whole truth.
- by Genevieve Graham
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From the bestselling author of Tides of Honour and Promises to Keep comes a poignant novel about a young couple caught on opposite sides of the Second World War.
In the fall of 1939, Grace Baker's three brothers, sharp and proud in their uniforms, board Canadian ships headed for a faraway war. Grace stays behind, tending to the homefront and the general store that helps keep her small Nova Scotian community running. The war, everyone says, will be over before it starts. But three years later, the fighting rages on and rumours swirl about "wolf packs" of German U-Boats lurking in the deep waters along the shores of East Jeddore, a stone's throw from Grace's window. As the harsh realities of war come closer to home, Grace buries herself in her work at the store.
Then, one day, a handsome stranger ventures into the store. He claims to be a trapper come from away, and as Grace gets to know him, she becomes enamoured by his gentle smile and thoughtful ways. But after several weeks, she discovers that Rudi, her mysterious visitor, is not the lonely outsider he appears to be. He is someone else entirely--someone not to be trusted. When a shocking truth about her family forces Grace to question everything she has so strongly believed, she realizes that she and Rudi have more in common than she had thought. And if Grace is to have a chance at love, she must not only choose a side, but take a stand.
Come from Away is a mesmerizing story of love, shifting allegiances, and second chances, set against the tumultuous years of the Second World War.