series: Saskatchewan Saga
- Pub. Date
- Feb 2003
Two pioneer women, as different as can be. Two secrets skillfully buried, but not forgotten. Two journeys to embrace Bittersweet Bliss.
§ Ellie Bonney: To her fellow townsfolk, Ellie seems to lead a contented and productive life, keeping house for her father. She is a devoted daughter, loyal friend, and-for the last nine years-steady companion to her patient suitor, Tom. But beneath the surface, Ellie's spirit seethes with an unresolved memory, a secret she wrestles with day and night. Even in the face of logic and the love of her family and friends, Ellie can't shake the guilt that grips her.
§ Birdie Wharton: Birdie has secrets of her own, having fled to the Saskatchewan bush from a painful past. Her students at Bliss's one-room schoolhouse think Miss Wharton is prim and predictable, but in truth, the reserved Birdie longs for love. When a secret admirer begins to send her letters, intrigue sparks Birdie's humdrum life. But just as tiny shoots of joy start to grow in the ashes of her past, Birdie's well-tended secret is unearthed.
Can this faithful daughter and this new schoolmarm learn to embrace both the sweetness and the pain of life on the Canadian frontier?