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Road Maps by Margaret A. Westlie
Road Maps is an anthology of poetry and short prose essays written over a number of years. The subject matter is the road to self-awareness and self-acceptance, and the poems and essays are the road maps.
The subjects of the poems are drawn from the author’s wide interests, including her home in Prince Edward Island, the time she spent in the United States and her two sojourns at Harlaxton Manor in England.
Ghost Baby by Margaret A. Westlie
A Ghost Baby is haunting Amanda McIntyre’s century house on Rochford Square in Charlottetown. Or are the cries she hears at night no more than cats or her own imagination as she anticipates the birth of her first child?
Her old friend Gertrude, the psychic and ghost hunter, is now the mother of the precocious Roddy, who sees a “pretty lady” in the attic of Amanda’s house. But Roddy also has an imaginary friend.
It is only when events take a frightening turn that Amanda’s desperate husband calls in the ghost-hunting team of Gertrude, Jim and Mary Jane to help discover the cause of the troubles. And with them comes the ever sassy Molly, assisting in the spirit from the other side.
Roddy steals the show in this delightful novel. And Roddy is the key to linking the troubled past of a haunted house to Prince Edward Island in the twentieth century.
Molly and Company by Margaret A. Westlie
Molly is back, and with her all the characters you first met in Shades of Molly, for more psychic fun in Molly and Company.
In an old house near in Prince Edward Island, a malevolent spirit seems to be at work. Is the house haunted? Or is it the work of the young wife of the prominent artist who is now near death in hospital?
In the meanwhile, a new resident has arrived on the other side for some rehabilitation before returning to this life. And who is in charge of minding him? Molly, more grumpy and tart-tongued than ever since she passed over and joined the spirit world.
Two teams are working simultaneously on both sides of the veil. In Charlottetown, Gertrude, now happily married, is on her first ghost hunt with the free-spirited Mary Jane and her friend the psychic researcher Jim.
On the other side, Molly and her old friend Lucy are trying to keep a rein on their boisterous charge as he comes to term with the errors of his life.
Read Molly and Company and learn how the two teams are able to bring two unhappy situations to a happy ending.
Shades of Molly by Margaret A. Westlie
Meet Molly MacIntosh: she’s grumpy, she’s feisty, she’s impatient, she’s tart-tongued, but she’s also helpless and confined to her wheelchair in a nursing home, waiting to die.
Meet Lucy and Larry: they’re spirits from the other side who have come to help Molly learn to astral travel and leave her failing body to move freely in the spirit world.
Meet Gertrude Taylor, the night nurse: she doesn’t know it yet, but she is a latent psychic. In the meanwhile, she is the butt of Molly’s pranks.
Once free of her body, Molly is hard to control, even for a powerful spirit like Larry, and she quickly makes it her mission to force Gertrude to develop her psychic gifts whether Gertrude wants to or not.
Along the way, you’ll meet other memorable characters and see how Gertrude’s new gifts also help her find romance and happiness.
Move over Anne of Green Gables: Shades of Molly will transform Prince Edward Island novels forever.
An Irregular Marriage by Margaret A. Westlie
Isle of Skye, 1803: Annie’s parents are leaving Scotland for Prince Edward Island, but Annie refuses to come. She prefers to stay behind for her betrothed, Alistair. But where is Alistair?
Annie becomes apprenticed to Belle, Alistair’s mother, a wise woman who teaches her to become a midwife and healer—or is it a witch?
Follow Annie and Alistair as they eventually leave for the New World after a very irregular marriage.
An Irregular Marriage will be available for purchase on April 1, 2016 in trade paperback and e-editions.
Anna’s Secret by Margaret A. Westlie
Prince Edward Island in 1859: murder disrupts a close-knit community descended from Scottish settlers, nearly all related by kinship. The murder is soon followed by a series of ever more unsettling events. Neighbours come together to help one another, but their trust in the goodness of life has been shaken and will not be restored until the perpetrator is uncovered.
Anna’s Secret is a gentle mystery without detectives, gore or violence, bringing readers into a community of good and caring people. Those who expect the sweetness of Anne of Green Gables in Anna’s Secret, will instead find a sterner world where memorable characters grapple with perennial themes: confidence and betrayal, corrosive secrets, grief and mourning, rebellious youth and helpless parents, and above all the shadow of old age and death. Readers will also find humour and affection, comic characters, and above all the life-affirming message of the value of community.
Mattie’s Story by Margaret A. Westlie
Prince Edward Island in 1847: fifteen-year-old Mattie Cameron is playing in a tree. She has no idea that her mother is about to call her down to be married that very same day.
Mattie’s mother has herself just remarried after the sudden death of her Mattie’s father in a farming accident. Mrs. Cameron is harsh and critical of her children. Does she simply want Mattie out of the house now that she has a new husband?
Follow Mattie through the first year of her marriage, as her relations with her new husband, her mother, and her best friend Cora all change, even as Mattie herself changes from a girl into a responsible wife and mother.
Readers who love Anne of Green Gables will find in Mattie’s Story a world that is far less naive, but equally life-affirming.
White Lightning and Other Stories by The Writers in Group
Traveller? Lover of fireplaces and comfortable chairs? Amateur sleuth perhaps, or natural philosopher? White Lightning and Other Stories From The Writers in Group is one book you’ll want to keep by your side. This compact, pick-up, put-down-anywhere read packs twenty-eight tales between its pages, one for every mood and season. The authors, many award-winners among them, represent a delightful range of experience, sensibility, and expression. Whether fact or fiction, these stories are bound to prove good company–or may we be struck by lightning!
Death in the Doach Woods by Bruce McCallum
What happens when ordinary people get swept up in a murder case?
Death in the Doach Woods is a murder-mystery set in south west Scotland, in the wild heart of Dumfries and Galloway. Derek and Kirstie Finlayson, a couple from Prince Edward Island, have recently retired from busy jobs in Canada. They’re spending six months in the region—reconnecting with Kirstie’s family who still live nearby.
They enjoy hiking and biking in the Scottish Forestry Commission’s extensive forests. But one afternoon in January, they make a startling discovery at the lookout, high up on a mountain in the Doach Woods. From that moment on, they find themselves caught up in a whirlwind that takes over their lives, especially for Derek, the nosy Canadian. He can’t stop thinking about the case and looking for clues that might solve it. Why would someone kill a 75 year-old man? Who could benefit from such a crime? The story climaxes when a surprise player draws attention to a possible culprit. In a strange twist, the hunters then become the hunted.
Many of the story’s colourful characters speak in the rich dialect of south west Scotland—a language made famous by the poet, Rabbie Burns, as he is known to the Scots.