Telling tales of mystery and adventure

Reviewed by Janet Sketchley

Canadian author Elma Schemenauer has researched and brought to life 30 intriguing tales from Canada’s past, in a selection as broad as our nation’s geography. Stories feature First Nations peoples, visitors, and immigrants, in settings from British Columbia to Newfoundland, and range from as early as the 1200s to the 1900s.

Vignettes, with accompanying photos, range from the light-hearted to the tragic, and from fact to myth. There is lost gold, murder, shipwreck, even a mysterious infant floating down a river to safety. Meet a hermit, a priest, a prime minister’s wife, a bride imported from France. Read about courageous men and women, others bent on what their neighbours called fools’ quests, and about legends, mysteries, and drama.

Stories are told in an accessible and engaging tone, making YesterCanada an ideal book for adults and young adults alike. It would also be a good choice for reading aloud to older children, to cultivate an interest in the lesser-known details of Canadian history.

YesterCanada is available in some stores and libraries. It can also be ordered online from Chapters Indigo, Amazon, or the publisher, Borealis Press of Ottawa. For more details, visit http://elmams.wix.com/elma.

Janet Sketchley is a Canadian author of romantic suspense novels including Without Proof

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