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My blog is intended to show how I construct and write a historical novel. It will be a journal of my daily writing activity, as I write a new historical novel.

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Location: Evansburg, Alberta, Canada

I am a retired school teacher with a B. Ed in English literature a B.A. in History. After a long career as a teacher of English and history, I now write historical novels based on Canadian history.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

A possible romance?

The spring of 1892 in Alberta was one of bad weather—cold, snow storms, melts, freezes, etc.—not a good time for farmers, new settlers, and anyone expecting the land to provide.

As well, a new group of settlers arrived at Strathcona on the south shore of the Saskatchewan River that was the railroad terminal as no bridge was built to cross the river. An ice road in winter and a ferry in summer joined the two communities.

Alfred Dyer, his wife, and his daughter, Harriet, are headed for their homestead north and east of Fort Saskatchewan when Daniel meets them on the trail. Instantly, Daniel is attracted to Harriet, and she reciprocates, but a romance is unlikely as they will be far apart in distance as well as culture. He is French and Catholic, while her family is Anglo-Saxon and Protestant.

That is as far as the chapter progressed today.

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