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 consider myself a dedicated country-woman, living on a century farmstead near Spencerville, Ontario. I draw contentment and inspiration from sunrises, sunsets, star-studded skies and hectares of tangled forests. I have written non-fiction for a number of years and various articles have appeared in local and regional magazines, newsletters and online. I particularly enjoy writing profiles and vignettes of everyday people doing wonderful things. Out of this interest came my non-fiction book, Wind in My Face: Women Who Ride, profiling women across Canada who are involved in motorcycling.
These days I am trying my hand at fiction, thanks to the support I have received from members of Writers’ Ink. The creative process, as opposed to the research and accuracy required for non-fiction, is freeing by nature. I get lost in the ‘why,’ the ‘why not’ and particularly the ‘what if.’ The critiquing aspect of a writing group has encouraged and enabled me to develop my voice and style as a writer.
The collaborative novel in this volume was suggested at a Writers’ Ink meeting. It began as a fun exercise to expand our skills: we had the synopsis; we received a chapter, and one after the other we picked up the story where the previous writer left off. Writing is a solitary labour of love, but for this exercise we were required to collaborate with fellow writers and stay within certain guidelines. It was indeed a lot of fun to be a part of this project. I sincerely hope you enjoy our tale of mystery and mayhem.