Fields of Gold Beneath Prairie Skies: Saskatchewan by Suzanne De MontignyFields of Gold Beneath Prairie Skies: Saskatchewan by Suzanne De Montigny

Fields of Gold Beneath Prairie Skies: Saskatchewan

bySuzanne De Montigny

Paperback | September 19, 2017

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French-Canadian soldier, Napoleon, proposes to Lea duringWWI, promising golden fields of wheat as far as the eye can see.

After thearmistice, he sends money for her passage, and she journeys far from her familyand the conveniences of a modern country to join him on a homestead inSaskatchewan. There, she works hard to build their dream of a prospering farm,clearing fields alongside her husband through several pregnancies and evenafter suffering a terrible loss. When the stock market crashes in ’29, theprairies are stricken by a long and abysmal drought.

Thrown into poverty, shestruggles to survive in a world where work is scarce, death is abundant, andhope dwindles. Will she and her family survive the Great Depression?

Title:Fields of Gold Beneath Prairie Skies: SaskatchewanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:374 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:September 19, 2017Publisher:BWL Publishing Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1773625314

ISBN - 13:9781773625317


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable history I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lea leaves her home and family in Belgium after WWI to marry a French Canadian soldier she met during the war. Eager to start her new adventure with the man she loves, she finds herself on a lonely homestead in the Sasketwan prairies. The story follows Lea through her joys and sorrows as she encounters love, loss, drought, dust storms, blizzards, grasshoppers and poverty. The descriptions of prairie life are perfect. I could feel the dust fill the air, the cold cut through to the bones and sense the wonder of the prairie fields. This well-written story encapsulates the prairies in the first half of the twentieth century and the tough, resourceful immigrant women who helped make Canada the strong nation it is today. The story had me sobbing at times and laughing at other times as Lea and her family deal with unsurmountable odds. But it is the love that doesn't die that sees them through. This is an important part of the history of Canada. I do hope schools stock it. I know I will want a copy for my grandchildren.
Date published: 2017-09-19

Editorial Reviews

A rich swath of heartache, toil and love from the de Montigny family. I enjoy these type stories since they come from true events. The conflict of survival during war, travel by ship over rough seas, snaking through vast countryside via train only to find hard work and love at the end of the line.I had no idea the French settled so far afield from Quebec.The descriptions of struggle through the lean years of the great Depression and drought brought tears to my eyes. I never realized the difficulties our parents/grandparents went through during the first half of the 20th century, only to stand tall and proud at the end.This is a story for young and old. Well done. F.Y. Emerson