By Micheline Duff
Les secrets and techniques de famille d'une amie et de captivantes recherches ont amené Micheline Duff à écrire cette saga. Dans ce deuxième tome de l. a. trilogie, on retrouve Marguerite, Anne et Camille qui, une fois à l'âge des amours, après avoir renoncé aux grandes illusions de leur père, tentent de se bâtir une position au soleil. Un roman poignant, avec en toile de fond l'authentique histoire de tous ces émigrés canadiens-français qui tentaient désespérément de sauvegarder leurs valeurs dans l. a. Nouvelle-Angleterre des années 1880-1890.
Alors qu'Anne et Marguerite se consacrent avec ardeur à assurer leur subsistance, faisant ainsi leur position à Lowell, Massachusetts, leur père Joseph Laurin, après avoir mis le feu à un hôtel et proféré des menaces de mort, est condamné à dix ans de legal. Ses filles sont atterrées. Leur famille sera-t-elle un jour réunie à nouveau ? Endeuillée, Camille, l. a. cadette, demeurera à Colebrook jusqu'à l. a. mort d'Angelina, sa mère adoptive. Heureusement, le bonheur se présente à Anne sous les characteristics d'un jeune journaliste. Marguerite, elle, voit sa nouvelle vie d'enseignante bouleversée par un amour interdit. Les conséquences de cette liaison secrète l'obligeront à quitter Lowell.
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We are nervous also but we sit still as the flakes come down and stick to our shawls and hats, sugaring our eyelashes and flouring the men’s woolly beards. Two women face into the wind that whips their hair like corn tassel, their eyes slits of shine. The other one covers her mouth with her cloak and leans against a man. A boy with a yellow pigtail sits on the wagon floor, his hands tied to his ankles. He and I are the only ones without rugs or blankets covering our feet. Sudden snowfall on tender leaves is pretty.
Yet the animosity, utterly useless in the wild, died in the womb. Even before Lina midwifed Mistress’ first child, neither one could keep the coolness. The fraudulent competition was worth nothing on land that demanding. Besides they were company for each other and by and by discovered something much more interesting than status. Rebekka laughed out loud at her own mistakes; was unembarrassed to ask for help. Lina slapped her own forehead when she forgot the berries rotting in the straw. They became friends.
He and I are the only ones without rugs or blankets covering our feet. Sudden snowfall on tender leaves is pretty. Perhaps it will last long enough on the ground to make animal tracking easy. Men are always happy in the snow where killing is best. Sir says no one can starve if there is snow. Nor in spring because even before berries are out and vegetables ready to eat the river is full of spawn and the air of fowl. But this snow will not last, although it is heavy, wet and thick. I draw my feet under my skirt, not for warmth, but to protect the letter.