In September 1967 two young women, Maggie Blake and Abby Harper, living in different towns close to the Quebec/Vermont border, give birth to baby girls on the same day. One child is the result of rape; the other baby fails to survive the birth. Eighteen years go by, during which time both women move to Montreal and pursue successful careers. Still unknown to one another, they might have remained so, had not a 79-year-old retired colonel, Maggie’s employer, purchased an abandoned cabin in the woods near Mirror Lake in Quebec’s Eastern Townships in August 1984. While clearing out the cabin, he finds a sealed letter postmarked 1976, addressed to “Abby, c/o Honeymoon Cabin, Mirror Lake.” His curiosity piqued by the cryptic address, he amuses himself by tracking down this Abby’s address and forwarding the letter. Its shocking contents reveal a near decades-old conspiracy involving both women, bringing joy to one and despair to the other.
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.
Betty Cunningham has been writing for many years, mostly short, humorous stories for her own enjoyment and, following her years as a public health nurse, to amuse her neighbours while raising five children. Later on, she began to write more seriously. Her columns appeared in The Sunday Express, a weekly Montreal newspaper for over a year. For several years, while living in Brockville, Ontario, she belonged to Writers’ Ink and in 2013 contributed to Through a Glass Darkly, anovella written by its members. Out ofMirror Lake is her first full-length novel.