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  • File Size: 630 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Red Dobie Press (August 25, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 25, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040ZN1IO
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As a senior that never gave up on her dream of finding time to write a novel, I launched The Spruce Gum Box on my 72nd birthday. I have been asked if that was part of my bucket list. Hardly. That was the beginning of a new world for me, one that helped me figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. Whenever an opportunity arises, I spread the word of aging with abandon where age is just a number with a positive attitude.

My book was inspired by historical events in northern Maine during the early 1800's. The story took seed in my mind during 5 years of fascinating research. The characters built slowly and in writing, I enjoyed how they surprised me at times.

My husband of 55 years and I relocated from Maine to PA, settling in an active senior community. Here, I am able to pull from a life of many experiences and occupations to color my writing. "Granite Hearts", the sequel to Spruce Gum Box launched on my 74th birthday and in 2014 at 76, "Beneath Mackerel Skies" launched. This is the last book of the "Maine at Heart" trilogy.

Life at Simpson Meadows, our family, community activities keep me very active but time is found for research and writing on my WIP.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Martha A. Cheves on April 10, 2011
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"Jedediah! You and your bastard had better run like the wind and don't look back!" screamed Benjamin Wingate as he picked up the bench and tossed it into the growing inferno. The baby started to cry, adding to the turmoil of the scene. Jed stumbled a bit, but managed to swing the pack onto his back as he ran for the door. On his way past the little table he grabbed the lock and key and stuffed it in with his mittens. He hesitated for a second to trace his hand over the carved memories of his childhood; the teakettle just missed his head as it flew out the door. He ran north to the woods, doing his best not to slip on the scattered patches of snow and ice. When he reached the bend in the river, he took a breath and looked back at his cherished cabin, fully engulfed in flames, sparks reaching the top of the tallest pines. He could still hear Mr. Wingate screaming obscenities and raving, "Don't you ever come back! No owner will hire you; count on it! Don't you ever tell anybody about that bastard! Don't you ever break our secret! Don't you ever link that child to my family and me! Do you hear?"

This was the scene that played out as Jedediah Smythe took his son and fled for their lives as they escaped the wrath of Adelaide Wingate's father. Jed was a walking boss for Wingate as he harvested the timber along the Aroostook River in a land that was claimed by both Canadian and Maine. He had met Addie and the rest of her family upon his arrival from England. Wingate had met young Jed while visiting his own home in England and saw his knack for numbers and business and talked his parents into letting Jed accompany him to this timber wilderness. He just didn't anticipate he and his daughter Addie falling in love.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Pam Brightman on October 5, 2010
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This story provides everything that historical fiction readers want. 1st of all, the history about every aspect of the story is fact. 2nd, the story is told using endearing characters in a story line with unexpected twists and turns. The details put the reader "in the moment" with engaging descriptions of everyday life. Thank you for telling a tale about a little know piece of our nation's history!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Patel on January 4, 2012
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I felt as though I got to know & admire these folks personally. There were a few that I disliked as well. It was fascinating to learn about the Micmac tribe and their loving ways. The vivid descriptions of the river, forest and village made me feel as though I were there, enjoying nature. I could almost smell the aroma of Maple cooking into sugar. I feared for their safety among the dangers of the logging business and the rough characters with hatred in their hearts. There was infinite love & heart crushing loss. I cried with sadness and I cried with joy. I worried for my "friends", as they struggled through their obstacles, but in the end it was a triumph!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Enright on December 14, 2012
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This tale follows the life of Ben, the illegitimate son of Jed and Adelaide, a boy raised in the logging country of disputed lands between England and the United States in the 1800s. The historical setting is true to the time, though the characters are fictional. It's a heartwarming story of unflagging love and determination against the elements and in the face of unsavory men with ill intentions. Very strong on character development, I enjoyed Wilder's portrayal of life in the primitive village and along the river and the interactions between the native Americans, British, and Yankees.

This is a real treasure that I highly recommend. Read and enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Frazier on July 11, 2012
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This was a most entertaining and informative novel. Since I have lived in Maine all my life, and have seen the river drives before they ended, I can tell you this is an accurate depiction of life here in days gone by. I have heard many stories of the early logging operations and have relatives who worked them. Not only is this book a charming story, it is a reflection of life. The relationship between the main characters is well done and very believable.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Maine history, or who would just like to read a very entertaining and meaningful story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mchanson714 on September 6, 2013
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If you enjoy taking the time to be transported back in time, if you are a history buff, this novel suits your tastes. It's an adventurous tale full of human courage. The language was a bit harsh for my tastes; however, as I continued reading, I identified with the settlers in a scary time amid logging, Indians, border disputes, etc. In other words, their dialog truly depicted the times that they lived in. Meanwhile, I got the flavor of growing up in the North East lands in early USA (Maine). This book is a great mix of fiction and history.

Even if you are not normally into historical novels, this book makes you think as it reveals that caring for others is as important as making it through the tough times of your own life. It covers a time when survival was self-contained to family and friendship groupings as well as how well you fended for yourself. You may want to take the time to transport yourself back to a time. It's worth it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By esldonna on June 2, 2012
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It they would only teach history in schools like Ms. Egerton writes, we would all be so much wiser.
This author brought the area alive, you saw the rivers, the trees, and the flowers as if you were there. She painted a beautiful story of the Micmac Indians, whom I had never heard of before, but now feel as if I almost lived with them.
It is a story of hardship, death, love, acceptance, and belonging to a different culture, no matter what your race.
"The Spruce Gum Box" is an easy read, and I believe young readers, women, and men will cherish this historical novel.
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