Eleanor Courtown by Lucy E. M. Black
Thank you to TLC Book Tours for my free copy and for allowing me to be a part of the tour for this book. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: Eleanor Courtown is the story of a young woman of privilege. When her cousin marries and sails for Canada in the 1870s, Eleanor determines to follow. Having left home in secret, she soon has reason to regret her decision. Friendless in a strange new country, both women fall victim to a brutality that threatens to destroy them.
This is a work of historical fiction based on events of the period. Written with a masterful command of the voices it inhabits, the novel’s endearing characters come alive in a nineteenth century setting. The journey of its protagonist highlights the importance of those immigrants, of every class, who came to North America and who have played essential roles in the establishment of a developing social fabric.
Praise: “Black is a natural story teller and the tale of Eleanor Courtown is one that will capture your heart and your imagination. The novel carries the reader from Ireland in the 1870s to Canada, as feisty Eleanor searches for her widowed cousin and, once there, begins to establish a new life far from home. By turns humorous and heart-breaking, Eleanor Courtown is rich in its grasp of character, its genuine understanding of period, place and the language of the time; the story is both rich and satisfying.” -Donna Morrissey, author of six bestselling novels including Sylvanus Now, Kit’s Law, The Deception of Livy Higgs and most recently, The Fortunate Brother
About the Author:
Lucy E.M. Black studied creative writing at the undergraduate level and later earned an M.A. in nineteenth-century British fiction. She has also studied at the Sage Hill School of Writing, the Humber College School of Writing, and the University of Toronto Creative Writing Programme. A Hawk in Winter won third prize in the 2014 International Rubery Short Story Competition. Her short stories have been published in Cyphers Magazine, Fast Forward Fiction, Gargoyle Magazine, under the gum tree, the Hawai’i Review, Forge, Temenos Fiction,Romance Magazine, Vintage Script, and The Antigonish Review. The Marzipan Fruit Basket, a debut collection of her short fiction, was released by Inanna Publications in June 2017. Her first novel, Eleanor Courtown, was published by Seraphim Editions, October 2017. She lives with her husband in a small town near Toronto.
Review: Growing up, I was an avid reader of the Dear America series; Eleanor brought me right back to my childhood. I’ve never read anything that specifically focuses on early Canadian history. Maybe because it’s similar enough to early settlement in America, there hasn’t been as much written about it, or maybe it’s just because I don’t live in Canada that I don’t know of anything else. I enjoyed that it was a unique subject matter and the bits of Irish culture mixed in. It started off a little slow, as the language takes some getting used to, but I soon found myself invested in Eleanor’s journey. I empathized with her through all of her hardships and fell in love with her quirky naivety. Incredibly well researched and beautifully written Eleanor Courtown is both educational and heart wrenching.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Seraphim Editions
Publication Date: October 1, 2017
Page Count: 270
Overall Rating: 4/5