Eleanor Courtown has been raised in privilege on a small Irish estate. When her cousin is widowed in the Canadas, Eleanor disobeys her family and runs away to find her beloved Lily. Set in the 1870s in rural Ontario, Eleanor quickly finds herself in mortal danger. She is taken care of by kind Inn-keepers, rescued by the ungallant local Doctor and is courted by the School Master. Eleanor comes into her own as she finds happiness, a home and belonging.
Black is a natural story teller and the tale of Eleanor Courtown is one that will capture your heart and your imagination. The novel carries the reader from Ireland in the 1870s to Canada, as feisty Eleanor searches for her widowed cousin and, once there, begins to establish a new life far from home. By turns humorous and heart-breaking, Eleanor Courtown is rich in its grasp of character, its genuine understanding of period, place and the language of the time; the story is both rich and satisfying.
– Donna Morrissey, author of six bestselling novels including Sylvanus Now, Kit’s Law, The Deception of Livy Higgs and most recently, The Fortunate Brother
Invoking the skill and gusto of a modern Wilkie Collins, Lucy E.M. Black has woven a mid-Victorian tale of intrigue and adventure spanning from Ireland to Canada. Her themes of betrayal and friendship are universal and the voice of Eleanor claims the reader’s intimacy with real assurance. This is an impressive work from a very fine writer.
– Paul Butler, author of The Widow’s Fire