It is with great sensitivity, insightfulness, and humour that Lewis B. Chisholm builds a monument to his vast Scottish and Irish family in a comprehensive 260 page tale which spans four generations.
The story blazes through the decades; from the journey across the Atlantic from Strathglass to Nova Scotia, and the daily lives of the New Settlers -- 'A huge stone fireplace gave the family light and warmth, and it was also where Margaret cooked in heavy iron pots.' to Mama and Papa's courtship-- 'They attended dances where Annie Jane played the fiddle for extra money' to the large family they produced-- through sadness-- 'Edward had been killed in action. It was the first time we saw Papa cry as he headed to the woods, and as for Mama; she headed straight to St Ninian's Cathedral in Antigonish to pray for the soul of her dead son.' and joy-- 'When spring returned in 1939, so did our mother. The wagon creaked to a stop outside the house and off she hopped, her arms chock-a-block with parcels, and her purse clinking with money.'