Maggie Petru
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While The Widow Lindsay is strictly a work of fiction, its setting is very personal to me. ShadyBrae was a traditional general farm in 1926 with cattle and horses and goats and chickens. I know because my family owned it.

A second farm, directly across the road, was purchased to provide extra feed and pasture for ShadyBrae's herd but it never had a specific name. I called it Abermore simply to distinguish one farm from the other.

The other important factor in The Widow Lindsay is the grave in the bush where Aunt Agnes resides between forays to inspect the farm. ShadyBrae too, had a grave although no one ever knew when it was dug or who resides in it.

Even before Ukrainians were rounded up and incarcerated as enemy aliens during WWI, Lydia Lukanovich Lindsay's WASP (white, Anglo-Saxon protestant) neighbours looked down their very proper noses at her. They were scandalized when a soldier of apparently impeccable British heritage married her, then gleeful when he abandoned her to go off to fight the Huns.

Now freed at last by her husband's death in a Toronto veteran's hospital nine years after a German gas attack, Lydia takes up the life he promised her on ShadyBrae, the Lindsay family farm.

Only now she faces a shocked community unaware of her existence and family secrets her husband neglected to mention, chief among those being the feud with his elder brother Jacob who covets ShadyBrae and has no scruples about how he gets it.



"A tense and poignant read, historical in its setting but timeless in its themes of human greed, lust, betrayal and murder."

-Barbara Fradkin, Author

"It scared me to death. Wow. You have a fantastic story on the go. I really like and believed the characters."

-Maureen Jennings, Author

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