Elphinstone takes the reader back in time and intertwines this story with enduring themes of love, war and family ties
In the early 1800s, Rachel Greenhow, a young Quaker, goes missing in the Canadian wilderness. Unable to accept the disappearance, her brother Mark leaves his farm in England, determined to bring his sister home.
What follows is a gripping account of Mark’s odyssey and his travels with the voyageurs - the men who canoe Canada’s fur-trade route.
As adventure and discovery propel the plot forward, Elphinstone takes the reader back in time and intertwines the story with enduring themes of love, war and family ties.
“It’s a long time since I’ve read a novel with more pleasure and interest. Voyaguers is a strong story, very well told.”
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“The prose is crisp … [but] what stands out is Elphinstone’s sense of a strange time and place.”
“It reminded me of Brian Moore’s great novel Black Robe in the respect it plays its material. Above all it is a quest tale that dots its i’s and leaves you repletely content.”
“The book brings the period to life with an astonishing amount of detail, which builds up a complete picture of those pioneering times, in a wonderfully gripping and emotionally involving narrative.”
Margaret Elphinstone is the author of eight novels, including The Incomer (1987), A Sparrow’s Flight (1989), Islanders (1994), The Sea Road (2000), Hy Brasil (2002), Voyageurs (2003) and Light (2006). She has also had published short stories, poetry and two books on organic gardening. Her next book, And Some There Be, will be published by Canongate in 2009. She lives in Glasgow and teaches at the University of Strathclyde