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A single mother. An abandoned farmhouse. An epic battle with the northern wilderness. Broke and desperate, single mother Molly Bannister of Phoenix, Arizona, accepts the stern condition laid down in her great-aunt's will: to spend one year in an abandoned farmhouse deep 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 Bridget's badly needed medical treatments. With grim determination, Molly teaches herself the basic pioneer skills, chopping firewood and washing her clothes with melted snow. But her greatest perils come from the brutal wilderness itself, from blizzards to grizzly bears. Only the journal written by her courageous great-aunt, the land's original homesteader, inspires her to struggle on. But there's another obstacle to her success: an idealistic young farmer, Colin McKay, wants to thwart Molly's strategy to sell her great-aunt's farm to an oil company. Will Molly be cheated out of her inheritance after all? Will she and Bridget survive the savage winter, and what comes next? Not only their financial future, but their very lives are at stake.
Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn, 2018.
ISBN: 9781459740204
Branch Call Number: FIC Flore
Characteristics: 327 p. ; 21 cm.


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May 04, 2018

As the review indicates, Molly and Bridget must spend a year in the far north without any of the basic necessities of life. The story moves along at a leisurely pace with a few crises added. It went back and forth between her Great-aunt's diary and Molly's day-to-day activities. I can't say that I'd recommend this one. Some loose ends like what exactly is Bridget's serious medical problem; perhaps this question is not important in the story?

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