The Bains family are amazed at what they find when they take up
their homestead in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba: flash fires that
appear suddenly and rage across the open plain, tensions between
English settlers and their M?tis neighbours that threaten to become
just as violent.
At the same time they're filled with hope. Canada in the 1870s is
suffering a terrible Depression, and life at their home in Ottawa
had become unbearable. The promise of free land in the West
beckoned them like an incredible dream. But the realities of
building a farm and a home out of nothing are harsh: they have to
learn from scratch how to plough, plant, build a house. And the
human hatreds that grow in the prairie soil threaten to overcome
Set against the grim realities of homesteading in the Canadian
West, "Prairie Fire" is the story of one family who struggle to
adapt to harsh new circumstances. The book is illustrated with a
section of photos chronicling this exciting, difficult period in
the country's history.
This is the seventh book in the Bains series of historical novels,
well-researched, action-filled narratives following the travels of
one family across Canada--from Newfoundland to Alberta-- in search
of a better life during the hard times of the 1870s.
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||202 x 135 x 13mm (L x W x T)
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