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As in the previous two books in the series, she weaves an interesting multi-stranded plot around a set of well-defined and interesting characters, brought together in a small community amidst the Canadian wilderness. Some of the characters we've already encountered, but these are given fresh challenges to overcome, while new ones are brought in to challenge the balance of the community, and give the old hands opportunities to grow and develop further, so that the storyline is never predictable.
First Nation Canadian themes play a greater role in this novel than in the previous two, and the issues are dealt with sensitively and effectively.
My only criticism would be that there were sometimes just so many characters involved that I could have done with a cast list to keep track, but that's not really a weakness - I found the same thing when I read Tolstoy's "War and Peace", so Guenette's in good company there!
Overall, an excellent third installment in a highly readable, intelligent and humane series, that I often recommend to friends.
Liam meanwhile is taking care of the domestic side, staying at home to look after Sophie, home school Robbie and plan for his and Izzy’s wedding. Lisa-Marie and Justin are back for the summer and Bethany finds her place as Researcher at the Camp. Beulah is stirring up memories Izzy is finding difficulty in coming to terms with, when she proposes the First Annual Caleb Jenkins Memorial Ball Tournament. Alex and Cynthia and Alex’s daughter, Fiona, add to Izzy’s ever growing family and bring more First Nation people into the story.
I wondered at the relevance of the magnificent cougar pictured on the cover. He begins the story and is a recurring theme throughout, intermingled with Robbie’s disturbing dreams, which brings in a kind of mystical connection with a boy who already has visionary qualities.
A wonderfully written story, again set against the beautiful Crater Lake backdrop with a cast of characters old, who are a pleasure to meet again, and new to add to the mix. Although the setting is perfect and appears peaceful, life for the residents is not always so. Emotional issues and baggage from the past must be worked through and dealt with, including love and loss for some.
I love this series…the characters, the dynamics of their sometimes complex relationships, the kinship and how their lives intertwine. The beautifully vivid setting, described so well. And the quality of the writing which just flows easily and skilfully through a compelling narrative.
Neither does she get too ambitious, for this would be to risk alienating her readers. The familiar cast of characters resume their lives in the remote lakeside community. Others join them in time – family, friends, new residents and staff at the nearby Micah Camp for often talented youngsters with issues. Relationships – be they familial, loving, friendly, unfriendly – form, renew, fade. Many of these relationships are inevitably interconnected.
There is no overarching plot but instead a series of scenes, conflicts, thoughts spoken and unspoken and actions taken to resolve the issues encountered. There are straight relationships, gay relationships, an examination of racial attitudes from both viewpoints, in this instance the First Nations people of Canada are the diverse culture.
The format works very well with the beautiful location always acting as the backdrop. No major storyline is necessary. If I’m to nit-pick it would be that the number of characters is getting a few too many for comfort. Also everyone is just too likeable, or they come to have redeeming features. It needs a villain or two! Even the menacing cougar that bides his time offstage throughout the novel is ultimately seen as a victim rather than a vicious predator.
No hesitation in awarding yet another five stars, and the Crater Lake saga is left open-ended should the author wish to return there in the future.