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Daughter of Black Lake

When a remote, ancient settlement is threatened, it is up to one girl to save her family and her community, in this novel by author Cathy Marie Buchanan.

Cathy Marie Buchanan

When a remote, ancient settlement is threatened, it is up to one girl to save her family and her community.

It's the season of Fallow, the first century AD. In a misty northern bog surrounded by woodlands and wheat fields, lies a settlement far beyond the reach of the Roman invaders, who are still hundreds of miles to the southeast. Here, life is simple, or so it seems to the tightly knit community. Sow. Reap. Honour Mother Earth, who will provide at harvest time.

A girl named Devout comes of age. She flirts sweetly with the young man who has tilled the earth alongside her all her life, envisioning a future of love and abundance. 17 years later, however, the settlement is a changed place. Famine has brought struggle, and outsiders, with their military might and foreign ways, have arrived at the doorstep. For Devout's young daughter, life is more troubled than her mother ever anticipated. But this girl has an extraordinary gift. As worlds collide and peril threatens, it will be up to her to save her family and her community. (From HarperCollins)

Cathy Marie Buchanan is a novelist from Toronto. Her other books include The Painted Girls and The Day the Falls Stood Still.

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