Thursday, December 7, 2017

On A Stormy Primeval Shore by Diane Scott Lewis


In 1784, Englishwoman Amelia Latimer sails to the new colony of New Brunswick in faraway Canada. She’s to marry a man chosen by her soldier father. Amelia is repulsed by her betrothed, refuses to marry, then meets the handsome Acadian trader, Gilbert, a man beneath her in status. 
Gilbert must protect his mother who was attacked by an English soldier. He fights to hold on to their property, to keep it from the Loyalists who have flooded the colony, desperate men chased from the south after the American Revolution. 

In a land fraught with hardship, Amelia and Gilbert struggle to overcome prejudice and political upheaval, while forging a life in a remote country where events seek to destroy their love and lives.


This is one of the Canadian Brides Series  produced by BWL Publishing, a twelve book series of novels about pioneer men and women who journey to Canada to start new lives.

Amelia Latimer arrives in New Brunswick from England in the late 18th Century at the behest of her domineering father who wants to marry her to a soldier. Unfortunately for Amelia she has a mind of her own, a characteristic discouraged in these times of male domination and makes it clear she has no intention of marrying a man she hates.

This is a time when the English and French are fighting over territory in this comparatively new land, and it was considered poor judgement for an English woman to fall in love with an Acadian trader. However Amelia knows her heart and she is determined to defy her father.

Further south, the Americans are fighting their War of Independence and Loyalist soldiers driven from the country enter New Brunswick and threaten Gilbert’s ownership of his property. He also has a mother to protect from prejudice in a land where scraping a living is a challenge for the most determined, and Gilbert is also set on claiming the woman he loves.

The historical details of a military garrison, local prejudice and the hardships of traders forging new lives in a harsh land in this era is well researched and portrayed in colourful detail.

Amelia and Gilbert are well matched and Ms Scott Lewis’ story of courage and a love which prevails, will surely charm all readers.

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Each of the Canadian Historical Brides novels features one of the ten Canadian provinces and two of the novels feature the three Canadian Territories. These novels combine fact and fiction to tell the stories of the immigrant brides and grooms who came to Canada from diverse backgrounds to join in marriage and build the foundation of the free and welcoming country that is Canada.