A family secret is unearthed by an excavator’s shovel. In an effort to find answers, David Montgomery uncovers more questions. They eventually lead him on a journey of discovery that turns his comfortable life into one he could never have imagined.
This is a story of intrigue and deceit that enters one generation and has its outcome in the next. “The sins of the father shall be visited on the son.”
The Challenge: Through a Glass, Darkly
Six members of Brockville’s writers group Writers’ Ink accepted a challenge to write a book together. Writer’s Ink co-founder Anne “Bunty” Loucks wrote a novel titled In a Rosedale Garden over 20 years ago. Although it was released as a newspaper serial, it was never published as a book. The challenge accepted by the authors was to use In a Rosedale Garden as the plot, and each author would re-write their own chapter in their own style. The result is a novel titled Through a Glass, Darkly. Both novels have been combined together and published in one book. The book is titled In a Rosedale Garden but it also contains the author collaborative titled Through a Glass, Darkly.
The authors of Through a Glass, Darkly are: Anne Bunty Loucks, Patricia Cove, Dan Trafford, Dorothy Bush, Betty Cunningham, Marike Harris, R. Patricia Capitain.
I have been an avid reader and writer for as long as I can remember. When I was very young, I wrote a fable about a princess with a problem. It appears on the back of my recently published book Flotsam and Jetsam. I was married in 1943 and had four daughters within five years. In the mid-1960s I studied for a Master’s degree at the McGill School of Social Work which I regretfully had to abandon. While I have always been an avid letter writer, it was only after my children left home, that I began to write short stories.
When I moved to Wiarton, Ontario, I submitted my stories to the now defunct Authors’ Magazine, which published a pyramid competition in which readers decided which author’s story should climb to the next level. After submitting stories for three months, I reached the top of the pyramid and had to look for new challenges.
In 1990, as a form of self-help therapy following the sudden death of my eldest daughter, Wendy Patrick, from a brain aneurysm, I wrote In a Rosedale Garden. It was published in eight installments, with a cliff-hanger at the end of each chapter, in The Wiarton Echo, our local weekly newspaper. I was informed that the readership increased slightly during that period of time. The manuscript remained in a drawer for the next twenty years.
When I moved to Brockville, in 2002, I joined the Newcomers’ Club and founded Writers’ Ink. I also joined a group of painters to feed my other interest in the arts. When Writers’ Ink fizzled out, I took writing courses at St. Lawrence College, where I met like-minded lovers of the written word with whom I restarted the present Writers’ Ink in 2006. Our group meets monthly to discuss diverse aspects of writing, pen short stories, critique members’ works, and encourage each other. It is here where In a Rosedale Garden was resurrected and rewritten to become the collaborative story titled Through a Glass, Darkly, the second novella in this edition.