A collection of poems about marriage, motherhood and endings, and those lonely moments when life begins to shift in unexpected directions.
An orphan now in both Kin and Country, young Andrew Halcro knows that to survive is a mental game – one that he is not sure he can win.
The year is 1782, and the Hudson's Bay Company is recruiting young men from Orkney to work in the British North American fur trade. Andrew is exactly what they are looking for: an orphan with a grim future in the damp cold of his homeland.
Forced to sign up as an indentured servant of the Company by his abusive guardian, he faces the terror of an unknown future with resigned determination. He fights hard to prove himself to the other “Baymen.” But he also makes an enemy of another young orphan recruit, Neill Swanney, whose unrelenting bitterness haunts Andrew’s every move.
“May I join you?”
Everything changes when he meets Elizabeth Ferguson, the gorgeous young daughter of the Chief Factor of Fort Albany and his Cree wife. Escaping the attentions of the older men of the Fort, Elizabeth breaks through her shyness to befriend Andrew and quickly finds a kindred spirit in the quiet young man. And Andrew comes to realize that he has never had a friend like her; someone with whom he can finally let his guard down.
But as their relationship deepens into an intense and passionate young love, outside forces threaten to tear them apart, for here in fur trade country, it is the Hudson's Bay Company that decides the fate of its servants – even if that means Elizabeth’s own father who has other plans for his beautiful daughter.
Swanney’s plan to sabotage Andrew is set in motion, and before they can be married in the custom of the country, Andrew is sent away inland without Elizabeth. Soon they are as far apart as any two people could possibly be.
In the grips of a Company where there is no patience for love, what would they be willing to do to find each other again?
Nelson delivers adventure, murder, and romance in this sweeping tour through the rugged landscape of 18th century Hudson's Bay.
Carla is a Canadian writer and mum of six. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, Minor in English from UNBC, a Master of Arts in History from Queen's University, and a Bachelor of Education from Western University.
Originally from Northern British Columbia, she now lives with her husband and kids in London, Ontario.