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4 Must-Read Canadian Historical Fiction Novels by an Author We Love

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With Genevieve Graham’s new novel, The Forgotten Home Child, coming out on March 3, we’re preparing by revisiting all of our old favorites. Genevieve has a talent for crafting enchanting historical fiction, and each of her novels breathes new life into Canada’s past and introduces us to a lesser explored part of history.


At the Mountain's Edge
by Genevieve Graham

From bestselling author Genevieve Graham comes a sweeping new historical novel of love, tragedy, and redemption set during the height of the Klondike Gold Rush. Inspired by history as rich as the Klondike’s gold, AT THE MOUNTAIN’S EDGE is an epic tale of romance and adventure about two people who must let go of the past not only to be together but also to survive.

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At the Mountain's Edge
Genevieve Graham

From bestselling author Genevieve Graham comes a sweeping new historical novel of love, tragedy, and redemption set during the height of the Klondike Gold Rush.

In 1897, the discovery of gold in the desolate reaches of the Yukon has the world abuzz with excitement, and thousands of prospectors swarm to the north seeking riches the likes of which have never been seen before.

For Liza Peterson and her family, the gold rush is a chance for them to make a fortune by moving their general store business from Vancouver to Dawson City, the only established town in the Yukon. For Constable Ben Turner, a recent recruit of the North-West Mounted Police, upholding the law in a place overrun with guns, liquor, prostitutes, and thieves is an opportunity to escape a dark past and become the man of integrity he has always wanted to be. But the long, difficult journey over icy mountain passes and whitewater rapids is much more treacherous than Liza or Ben imagined, and neither is completely prepared for the forbidding north.

As Liza’s family nears the mountain’s peak, a catastrophe strikes with fatal consequences, and not even the NWMP can help. Alone and desperate, Liza finally reaches Dawson City, only to find herself in a different kind of peril. Meanwhile, Ben, wracked with guilt over the accident on the trail, sees the chance to make things right. But just as love begins to grow, new dangers arise, threatening to separate the couple forever.

Inspired by history as rich as the Klondike’s gold, At the Mountain’s Edge is an epic tale of romance and adventure about two people who must let go of the past not only to be together, but also to survive.

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Promises to Keep
by Genevieve Graham

An enchanting and poignant story about the unfailing power of love in a world turned upside down by war. Set in 1755 Grande Pré, Nova Scotia, as Amélie and her people are pushed from their homeland by the British army, Amélie finds herself with a powerful new ally in the form of Corporal Connor MacDonnel, whose sympathy for her begins to evolve into a profound love.

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Promises to Keep
Genevieve Graham

An enchanting and poignant story about the unfailing power of love in a world turned upside down by war—from the bestselling author of Tides of Honour.

Summer 1755, Acadia

Young, beautiful Amélie Belliveau lives with her family among the Acadians of Grande Pré, Nova Scotia, content with her life on their idyllic farm. Along with their friends, the neighbouring Mi’kmaq, the community believes they can remain on neutral political ground despite the rising tides of war. But peace can be fragile, and sometimes faith is not enough. When the Acadians refuse to pledge allegiance to the British in their war against the French, the army invades Grande Pré, claims the land, and rips the people from their homes. Amélie’s entire family, alongside the other Acadians, is exiled to ports unknown aboard dilapidated ships.

Fortunately, Amélie has made a powerful ally. Having survived his own harrowing experience at the hands of the English, Corporal Connor MacDonnell is a reluctant participant in the British plan to expel the Acadians from their homeland. His sympathy for Amélie gradually evolves into a profound love, and he resolves to help her and her family in any way he can—even if it means treason. As the last warmth of summer fades, more ships arrive to ferry the Acadians away, and Connor is forced to make a decision that will alter the future forever.

Heart-wrenching and captivating, Promises to Keep is a gloriously romantic tale of a young couple forced to risk everything amidst the uncertainties of war.

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Come from Away
by Genevieve Graham

A mesmerizing story of love, shifting allegiances, and second chances, set against the tumultuous years of the Second World War. As the harsh realities of World War II creep closer to Grace Baker’s home in Nova Scotia, Grace buries herself in her work. But when a handsome stranger ventures into her store, she finds herself enamored by him, even as it becomes clear that he isn’t who he seems.

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Come from Away
Genevieve Graham

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.

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Tides of Honour
by Genevieve Graham

A novel of love, loss, and honour amidst the horrors of war and its aftermath. Out of brutal necessity, Danny has steeled himself against the trials and terrors of war, but he is completely unprepared to meet the love of his life in war-torn France. Heartrending and enthralling, TIDES OF HONOUR is a novel of love and second chances set against some of the most devastating moments of the First World War.

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Tides of Honour
Genevieve Graham

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