Wildwood

Wildwood

Elinor Florence / Nov 15, 2019

Wildwood A single mother An abandoned farmhouse An epic battle with the northern wilderness Broke and desperate Molly Bannister accepts the ironclad condition laid down in her great aunt s will to receive her

  • Title: Wildwood
  • Author: Elinor Florence
  • ISBN: 9781459740211
  • Page: 462
  • Format: ebook
  • A single mother An abandoned farmhouse An epic battle with the northern wilderness.Broke and desperate, Molly Bannister accepts the ironclad condition laid down in her great aunt s will to receive her inheritance, Molly must spend one year in an abandoned, off the grid farmhouse in the remote backwoods of northern Alberta If she does, she will be able to sell the farmA single mother An abandoned farmhouse An epic battle with the northern wilderness.Broke and desperate, Molly Bannister accepts the ironclad condition laid down in her great aunt s will to receive her inheritance, Molly must spend one year in an abandoned, off the grid farmhouse in the remote backwoods of northern Alberta If she does, she will be able to sell the farm and fund her four year old daughter s badly needed medical treatment.With grim determination, Molly teaches herself basic homesteading skills But her greatest perils come from the brutal wilderness itself, from blizzards to grizzly bears Will she and her child survive the savage winter Will she outsmart the idealist young farmer who would thwart her plan to sell the farm Not only their financial future, but their very lives are at stake Only the journal written by Molly s courageous great aunt, the land s original homesteader, inspires her to struggle on.

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      • Elinor Florence

        My first historical novel Bird s Eye View is about a young woman who joins the air force in World War Two and becomes an aerial photographic interpreter Published by Dundurn Press in Toronto, the novel became a Canadian bestseller in 2016.My new novel Wildwood is about a single mother from the big city who must fulfill the conditions of her inheritance by living for one year in an abandoned, off the grid farmhouse in the Peace River area of northern Alberta She is inspired by the journal written by her great aunt, the farm s original homesteader.I grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan and had a long career in journalism, writing for newspapers and magazines including Reader s Digest I even published my own newspaper before turning to fiction Married with three grown daughters, I now live in the tiny resort town of Invermere, British Columbia My passions are village life, old houses, and flea markets.More than you ever wanted to know about me can be found on my website elinorflorence Email me at elinor1 telus I love to hear from readers


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    1. Every once in a while I read a book where the sense of place is so strong, so much a part of the story that you see it and feel it on every page. Elinor Florence has done a fabulous job of taking the reader to this remote place in Northern Canada. It’s cold and the landscape is utterly beautiful and the environment equally brutal at times. We see it through the eyes of Molly Bannister, a single mother who has lost her job and is struggling to insure that her 4 year old daughter Bridget who has [...]


    2. It is such a joy to find a story that includes so many of the things I love. Cold weather climates, I am fascinated with novels that are set in these climates, how people live and survive. This is set in Juniper, Canada a made up name but meant to represent early colonies such as Peace River, Manning, or Beaver lodge all located in Northern Alberta in Canada.Early homesteaders, Molly inherits from her great aunt an original house and many farming acres in the above location. The stipulation requ [...]


    3. Molly Bannister's life is unraveling. She has lost her job with an accounting firm in AZ, and her savings is dwindling fast. As a single parent, she is almost in panic mode when she receives word from a lawyer that her great-aunt left her a farm and house in northern Alberta, Canada. The will stipulates that she has to live on the old homestead for a full year before gaining ownership. With money dwindling and no other options, Molly and her 4-year old daughter Bridget move to Canada. The old fa [...]


    4. 3.5 🥧 🥧 🥧Molly inherits an old farmhouse and its land. In order to gain title she has to live in it for a year. Being currently unemployed and facing eviction leaves little choice but to accept the challenge. Can she make it through the winter without electricity and plumbing with a five year old with issues?From the book description “A single mother. An abandoned farmhouse. An epic battle with the northern wilderness” I was anticipating more grit and harsh living but this was more [...]


    5. If you are looking for a whizz bang, thrill a minute story then WILDWOOD is not going to be for you. However, if you are looking for a story that draws you in from the very first page and gradually immerses you in a struggle for survival – then Bingo! You’ve found your book. The main character is single mum Molly Bannister and she is at the end of her tether, as she has lost her job and unable to pay her rent so facing eviction. Out of the blue she gets a letter from a lawyer informing her s [...]


    6. AUTHOR REVIEW -- I just sat down and read my Advance Reading Copy of Wildwood, seeing it in book form for the first time after not looking at the manuscript for several months. Reading the novel with fresh eyes, I was pleasantly surprised that there were no glaring errors or hideous plot inconsistencies! I still love my characters Molly and her little daughter Bridget, although I don't feel that any novel could really do justice to the brutal hardships experienced by our early Canadian homestead [...]


    7. This was great! Look for it to come out in February 2018. It was like a modern day Susanna Moodie. Good story, satisfying ending.


    8. Most Americans are familiar with the Little House in the Prairie books, which was an idealized version of Laura Engles Wilder's life. Most Canadians, I would hope, are familiar with Susanna Moodie and her books such as Roughing it in the Bush, where she tells what life is really like as a pioneer.This book is more like Susanna, then Laura, but they both share the love of the beauty of the wilderness. You get to look at this quiet, isolated farmland and all its beauty, through a year of basically [...]


    9. What a fascinating and entertaining read!If you really want to experience the early days of Canadian homesteads then this is a great book to start. You get to live and breathe each and every experience with the characters and it was a really interesting way to discover early Canadian history and to see just what difficulties people in those times hadFull review to follow


    10. Thank you Netgalley and Dundurn Press for the eARC.What a wonderful book this is! It evoked many emotions; tears, panic (the extreme, deadly cold and the bear had my heart racing) empathy and genuine caring for the characters.Having lived there for 20 years, I have a special place in my heart for Canada and I relived the experience of moving from Manhattan to a ramshackle farmhouse in Upstate NY while reading Molly and Bridget's accomplishments and failures.Molly, in dire straights and unable to [...]


    11. Courage, Perseverance, Endurance: This is WildwoodA single mother. An abandoned farmhouse. An epic battle with the northern wildness. When a surprising inheritance with strings attached comes her way, Molly Bannister grudgingly accepts a challenge that only a few weeks before she would have laughingly dismissed as ridiculous. She has been laid off from her accounting job in Phoenix, Arizona, and is quickly running out of savings with sees no promising employment opportunities on the horizon. She [...]


    12. A contemporary pioneer story/"Roughing it in the Bush" about a single mom who must spend a year in a remote Alberta farm to receive her great-aunt's inheritance. A fun, easy read, great for a chilly weekend in, and I love the relationships between the central girl/women characters (Molly, her 4 y/o daughter Bridget, their friend 12 y/o Wynona, and the fun lawyer's assistant Lottie).Intriguing side pieces about untrustworthy authority figures (like the child psychologist -- WTF on a green circle [...]


    13. Wildwood by Elinor Florence is now in my top 10 all time favorite novels.  I loved everything about this book. The writing style is smooth and flows so well. I enjoyed the diary sections as much as the current time sections. The comparisons worked well. The characters were fully devoloped and grew emotionally and physically during the time spent in Juniper at Wildwood.  I enjoyed the knowledge gained about the pioneers and the indigenous people, the landscape, the surrounding nature of the lan [...]


    14. In order to inherit a house and land in the wilds of Alberta, Canada, Molly must live on the homestead for 1 year. Broke and in need of money for medical treatment for her daughter she agrees. This book follows her year of living, learning and surviving with no electric, plumbing and little money. A wonderful book that I couldn't stop reading. Finding her aunt's diary the book runs parallel lines from 1920's and present day. Sweet and wholesome.


    15. Thank you Netgalley and Dundurn Press for the eARC.What a wonderful book this is! It made my eyes well up at times, hold my breath, panic at the extreme cold and love the whole experience.Having lived there for 20 years, I have a special place in my heart for Canada and having moved from Manhatttan to Upstate NY into a ramshackle farmhouse, I was reminded of the 10 long years it took us to fix the place up.Molly and 4-year old Bridget move from Arizona to Northern Alberta in Canada. Molly inheri [...]


    16. I really enjoyed reading this book. The author has the ability to bring you into the world of the main character. A really simple back and forth of now and yesterday that touches on true subjects of importance like foster care, the plight of the indigenous people of Canada, land management and the environmental control. All subjects that are carefully integrated and weaved through the story line. Although these subjects to some may be boring and hard to talk about, the author does not preach abo [...]


    17. I really enjoyed reading this book. The author has the ability to bring you into the world of the main character. A really simple back and forth of now and yesterday that touches on true subjects of importance like foster care, the plight of the indigenous people of Canada, land management and the environmental control. All subjects that are carefully integrated and weaved through the story line. Although these subjects to some may be boring and hard to talk about, the author does not preach abo [...]


    18. Loved it! A feel good walk down memory lane Canadian book The heroine experienced a coming of age I got to research Eatons 1924 catalogue and look up info on the Peace River settlers. Heart warming and fun book Maybe there will be a sequel. Appreciate the authors attention to detail



    19. I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was so excited to read this book as I loved the author's first novel, "Bird's Eye View". I was, once again, thoroughly entertained. Molly Bannister is a broke single mom from Phoenix, Arizona who learns she has inherited a farm from a great aunt she had never met in a remote area of northern Alberta. But there is a catch order to receive her inheritance, she must live on the farm for one year. One long, excruc [...]


    20. Enjoyed this novel thoroughly. I loved the pioneer recipes sprinkled throughout the chapters. There were several different morsels of the story that resonated with my own life including the Irish lullaby that Molly sings to her daughter. Charming characters and beautiful setting in Northern Alberta.


    21. Elinor Florence does it again with Wildwood! I adored this book from beginning to end and would read it over and over again. If you love a book with a strong female lead, brilliant descriptions of the world she lives in (I truly felt I was there in Wildwood) and a look into the 1920's pioneer days thru the eyes of another strong female lead, then this book is for you.I would recommend this book to all!


    22. I read this as an ARC, and must disclose that I know the author and Dundurn is also my publisher.Elinor Florence is a consummate storyteller who skillfully uses her research skills to produce wonderful Canadian fiction. I loved her first book, Bird's Eye View, too.Wildwood focuses on a pioneering family in the Peace River country in northern Canada. Florence deftly weaves together the present-day heroine with her great-aunt who settled the land and built a farm in this area. The winters are brut [...]


    23. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this book which will be published soon. I enjoyed the gentle "fish out of water" story. As I read, I thought several times that it was lovingly written by the author, with great attention paid to every detail of what it would be like to live today without all the modern conveniences we take for granted. I really loved the diary entries of the original homesteader too, they felt as though they could be real.


    24. Single mom, Molly Bannister, is down on her luck. Not only does she have a four-year-old daughter with emotional problems, Molly suddenly finds herself jobless. Just when her funds are about to run out, she discovers she’s an heiress. Of a dubious kind.Molly’s great aunt in Canada has left her everything. But everything isn’t much—namely a remote, abandoned homestead in the wilds of northern Alberta. And it comes with a caveat. If Molly can survive the year there, it’s hers. She can se [...]


    25. Beautiful description of rural Canada and homesteading through a modern view point. A relaxing read, a combination of history and contemporary fiction, perfect for those readers enjoying Wiseman.


    26. So for one thing, I'm from Saskatchewan - only a province over from Alberta and near the setting of the fictional abandoned farmhouse(Wildwood) by the fictional town of Juniper, Alberta that is meant to represent early colonies such as Peace River, Manning and Beaver Lodge in northern Alberta. I don't personally live in the middle of nowhere like the farmhouse is intended to be but if you're from the prairies chances are you've been on a farm in the middle of nowhere at some point in your life. [...]


    27. Single mother, Molly Bannister, is facing hard times. With the loss of her job bills are piling up, her savings are dwindling, and she’s counting down the days until she can’t pay the rent. In the nick of time, she discovers she is the heiress of her great aunt.But her inheritance, a beautiful four square farmhouse and accompanying farm land in the wilds of Alberta, Canada, named Wildwood, comes with a twist. She must live in the house for a year. If she can survive there, with no running wa [...]


    28. This book gets my five-star rating for a number of reasons. It features two very sympathetic protagonists: Molly (Mary Margaret) Bannister and her little daughter Bridget. It is set in a very unusual but beautifully and realistically rendered locale: the rural Peace River country of Northern Alberta. It once again features the careful research and eye for detail that Elinor Florence delivered in her first novel, Bird's Eye View. It has a fast-moving plot with plenty of challenges for our heroine [...]


    29. One Woman’s Incredible ResolveWildwood is a story of one woman’s incredible resolve to make a better life for herself and her emotionally challenged daughter. When Molly Bannister decides to accept the conditions of her inheritance, she takes on a 365-day battle against the elements in a home with no power, no plumbing, and eight miles to the closest neighbour.Having previously read Bird’s Eye View by Elinor Florence, I couldn’t wait to read her latest book, Wildwood. There is an incredi [...]


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