Just Released : Out of Mirror lake by Betty Cunningham.
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.
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About Betty Cunningham
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, a novella written by its members. Out of Mirror Lake is her first full-length novel.