Category: Book
By (author): Florence, Elinor
Subject:  FICTION / Contemporary Women
  FICTION / Family Life
  FICTION / Small Town & Rural
  NATURE / Essays
Audience: general/trade
Awards: Dewey Divas and the Dudes Winter 2018 Pick (2017) Commended
Publisher: Dundurn
Published: February 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 8.50in x 5.50in x 0.80in
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From The Publisher*A single mother. An abandoned farmhouse. An epic battle with the northern wilderness. Broke and desperate, Molly Bannister accepts the ironclad condition laid down in her great-aunt's will: to receive her inheritance, Molly must spend one year in an abandoned, off-the-grid farmhouse in the remote backwoods of northern Alberta. If she does, she will be able to sell the farm and fund her four-year-old daughter's badly needed medical treatment. With grim determination, Molly teaches herself basic homesteading skills. But her greatest perils come from the brutal wilderness itself, from blizzards to grizzly bears. Will she and her child survive the savage winter? Will she outsmart the idealist young farmer who would thwart her plan to sell the farm? Not only their financial future, but their very lives are at stake. Only the journal written by Molly's courageous great-aunt, the land's original homesteader, inspires her to struggle on.
From The Publisher*To earn her inheritance, a single mother from Arizona must spend a year enduring pioneer conditions in the remote Alberta backwoods. If she makes it through the year, she can sell the land to fund her daughter's medical treatment. But a local farmer hopes to stop her plan to sell to an oil company.
Review Quote*Artfully melds the past and present for a story about homesteading. Likable characters deal with realistic, hair-raising scares and find hard-earned rewards in the wilderness.
Review Quote*Offer this to city slickers dreaming of a simpler life and readers interested in unspoiled natural beauty.
Review Quote*Reads like a love letter - from a mother to her daughter, from a Canadian to her land, from an author to her ancestors. In Molly Bannister, Elinor Florence has created a modern day Susanna Moodie roughing it in the Northern Alberta bush. The result is riveting, packed full of all the best stuff - peril, mystery, wisdom, laughs, and love.
Review Quote*Elinor Florence's Wildwood is one of those rare books you linger over the final pages of with melancholy, not wanting her poignant story to end. A well-written, well-researched portrayal of pioneering in the Peace Country with vivid intriguing characters who commune with the earth and are healed by nature.
Review Quote*The plucky single mother heroine of Wildwood survives extreme weather, wildlife, and rural, off-the-grid isolation in northern Alberta to tell a charming and inspiring story that charts her transformation from milquetoast urban accountant to empowered, self-sufficient farmwoman. Also heartwarming: the old-timey baking- recipes included- and the touch of romance.
Review Quote*Elinor Florence's love and respect for the ‘beautiful savage land' of northern Alberta comes through loud and clear. Follow Molly and her great-aunt on their homesteading adventures and risk losing your heart to the wilds!
Review Quote*Taking this journey with Molly was exciting and delightful.