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Historical Canada, Canadian prairie story, Letters back home, Family turmoil, Jealousy, Historical hardship, Old loves

With love, Emily
Volume 1
by Kathleen E. Hamilton

Sent to Saskatchewan, Canada by her over-bearing Mother-in-law, Emily and her new husband, Paul, find themselves in a hostile environment. Not only is the countryside vastly different from the soft rolling hills of middle England but the atmosphere of their new home, Westbury Farm, is ripe with tension.

Sharing the house with Paul’s brother, Simon, a former love of Emily’s, the malicious and salacious housekeeper, Helena Parker, and Parker’s twins, Sarah and John only leads to conflicts and confrontations.

Emily and Paul are facing their own personal problem. She wants to start a family but he is not interested. Then when a fall from her favourite horse causes a second miscarriage Emily slips into despair.

After her physical recovery she takes solace in nurturing the twins which leads to more veiled threats and clashes. But she persists and with Simon’s backing she wins out in the end.

A tenacious woman who is, as yet, unaware of her inner resolve, Emily faces the challenges of her new life with steadfast single-mindedness. Paul’s absences and Simon’s presence further her secret determination to leave Westbury and create a home of her own.

A Canadian historical novel for readers who enjoy a good narrative.

Kathleen Erin Hamilton is a graduate of the University of British Columbia. She has written all her life starting with the school newspaper, then as a contributor to the corporate newsletter for Air Canada Vacations and the newsletter for the Royal Institution of Cornwall.

She wrote artist’s biographies, exhibition brochures and press releases when working as the personal assistant to the curator of Art and Exhibitions at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro, England.

Based on accounts her maternal Grandmother told her as a child, With love, Emily, is a fictionalized version of her Grandmother’s life on the prairies in the 1920s.

It is a story of an outwardly meek woman thrown into completely unknown circumstances who faces them with uncompromising doggedness and arises a strong, confident individual. It is a tale of part of her family history that she has always wanted to write about.

Kathleen is by profession an artist with works in public and private collections across Canada. With love, Emily is her first novel and the first volume

of a trilogy.


Kathleen E. Hamilton

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