SHELTER is a coming-of-age novel by Canadian author Frances Greenslade. Sisters Maggie and Jenny are growing up in the backcountry of British Columbia in the 1960s. The story is told in Maggie’s voice. She is the youngest sister, a tomboy at heart and the worrier in the family. Jenny is the girlish sister with the positive and carefree attitude. Mother Irene is a free spirited redhead with a penchant for adventure. Father Patrick loves the outdoors and likes to refer to himself as his moniker Mr. Safety. Life is simple and idyllic for this family unit, that is until the sisters lose their father in a logging accident. Things begin to unravel when their mother leaves the girls to billet with a family friend. Irene told them she would come back for them but didn’t tell them when. Days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months, and months turn into years. The letters and money stop and their mother has virtually disappeared. Maggie gives up hope and tries to move on but teenager Jenny finds herself in a bad situation and really wants her mother’s help. Maggie goes on a search to find Irene but her quest uncovers more than she bargained for. SHELTERis a tale of a fractured family struggling with keeping ties, dealing with secrets and discovering the true meaning of home. SHELTER is a poignant and expressive tale with scenery as picturesque as a postcard scene from the story’s beautiful Chilcotin region.
To read more from the novel you can check out an excerpt of SHELTER. You can read more about Frances Greenslade and her novels by visiting the website www.francesgreenslade.com and the Frances Greenslade Facebook Page.
Random House of Canada has paperback copies of SHELTER to give to 2 Fortylicious Reading Challenge participants. Post a comment in the Reading Challenge “Take The Time To Read a Book” section before May 15, 2012 to be entered in the SHELTER draw.
Random House of Canada also has copies of SHELTER to give to 10 Fortylicious Reading Challenge members who are willing to participate in a Twitter #Shelter book party on June 5th, 2012 from 9:00 – 10:00 pm EDT. To enter the SHELTER contest use the form below to be eligible for the draw. You can enter once per day before the SHELTER contest ends on midnight April 22nd, 2012.
Wanda Lynne Young
Professional Freelance Writer