Fiction. Young Adult. It's 1791. The year a new province is created in the country that will one day be called Canada. The year Hope Cobman's life turns around. At thirteen, she must leave the orphanage where she has lived since her mother's death one year ago. Alone in the world, she dreams of finding her father and three brothers – all complete strangers to her, for even before her birth the American Revolution had scattered her family. Forced into becoming an indentured servant, she s little more than a slave to a lonely man and his bitter, crippled mother. Finally set free, she sets off on her own. But instead of finding a father and a brother who will take care of her, she learns that it is up to her to help them recover from the wounds of war. Along the way, she discovers her own strength. For Hope, and for all the Loyalists of Upper Canada, a brighter future lies ahead.
Jean Rae Baxter writes for both an adult general audience and for young readers. Her five-volume "Forging a Nation" series of young adult novels about the United Empire Loyalists and their First Nations allies, published by Ronsdale Press, has won many awards. Most recently she is the author of THE WHITE ONEIDA (2014) and HOPE'S JOURNEY (2015), also published by Ronsdale. Jean lives in Hamilton, Ontario.Author City: KINGSTON, ON CAN