- 336 pages
- Black & White
- 6.0 x 9.0 inches
- eBook (epub, mobi, pdf)
- 978-1-5255-1067-0 Hardcover
- 978-1-5255-1068-7 Paperback
- 978-1-5255-1069-4 eBook
- Juvenile Fiction, Historical, Canada
- Juvenile Fiction, Historical, Canada, Pre-Confederation (To 1867)
- Juvenile Fiction, People & Places, Canada
Time Travel, Niagara Region, War of 1812, Laura Secord, Fort George, John Brant (Ahyonwaeghs), James FitzGibbons
A worthy follow-up to her 2015 debut, Falling whisks us back to the summer of 1813 and the brief American occupation of Queenston where it explores the events leading up to Laura Secord’s historic walk of June 21.
In this prequel to The Tree of Life, Leo Becker has only recently moved into the Rose Park mansion at the invitation of his cousin Dilys. He knows nothing, however, of the strange working of the Tower Room, but that is about to change.
His daughter Francine, a whip-smart Toronto lawyer, is pregnant, and pregnancy has done nothing to soften the naturally jagged edges of her personality. When she is hospitalized over concerns with her blood pressure, it appears likely that Francine, incensed over her forced “incarceration” will soon be dragging the entire hospital into court. And then there is the strange in utero behaviour of the baby…
Leo is beside himself with worry and Dilys deems the situation ripe for his initiation into the mysteries of the Tower Room. With a nourishing soup for Francine simmering in the kitchen, Dilys takes Leo upstairs for a talk and a cup of tea.
What happens next is the last thing Leo expects.
For The Tree of Life, The Tower Room Series Book :
“The Tree of Life” is an entertaining, and surprisingly introspective and complex journey into the past, and is sure to be a delight for young readers and adults.”
-Gillian Pemberton, Pacific Book Review.
“Davis is a very engaging storyteller, and Charlotte is a wonderful creation. Fans of magical realism a la Alice Hoffman will feel at home with this story.”
- 4 star Kirkus Review
“Intelligently crafted and carefully plotted, this novel draws from the best of the genres it represents. The mysterious tower room is the time-travel device, and a plausible effort is made to explain how and why it works, lending interesting and credible sci-fi elements to the story……The vibrant historical detail, thoughtfully constructed plot, well-fleshed-out secondary characters of a variety of ages, and thought-provoking presentation of anti-Semitism in Canada during the 1930s are more than enough to intrigue and satisfy an older audience as well as tweens, or any reader with an interest in twentieth-century Canadian history.”
-Carolyn Bailey, 4 star FOREWORD Clarion Review
“It is all the more impressive when considering that “The Tree of Life” is author Dawn Davis’ debut as a novelist. Exceptionally well written, “The Tree of Life” launches what promises to be a four volume ‘Tower Room’ series and is an absolutely absorbing read from beginning to end.”
-Susan Bethany, Midwest Book Review
Dawn Davis, a retired teacher, lives in downtown Toronto, on the ravine, with Charlie, her Maine Coon cat. Falling is Book Two of the Tower Room Series. The Tree of Life, her first novel, was published in 2015. For more information please visit www.towerroomseries.com
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