Born and raised in the heart of Southwestern Ontario’s dairy country, Elaine is a graduate of Western University and a former high school teacher. She taught French, English and Computer Studies at various schools across the province. Writing is Elaine’s pleasure and her obsession. She has written two books of family memories, a cookbook, a children’s book, and her two historical novels: The Loyalist’s Wife, which was published in June of 2013, and the sequel, The Loyalist’s Luck, launched in October, 2014. She is currently working on the third in the Loyalist trilogy, The Loyalist Legacy (2016). The Loyalist’s Wife was a finalist in the Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair’s Self-Publishing Awards and Elaine is a recipient of the Writers Community of Durham Region Pay-It-Forward Award. A lover of people and especially writers, Elaine delights in speaking to groups large and small. Her teaching skills make her a natural at leading workshops on writing. On Becoming a Wordsmith is Elaine’s writing blog where she writes about the journey to publication and beyond.
When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm.
When the revolutionary war turns in favor of the Americans, John and Lucy flee. They begin again in a badly supplied British outpost
surrounded by endless trees. He is off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler leaving her behind once again. In the camp full of distrust and
hunger, word seeps out that John has gone over to the Americans and only two people will associate with Lucy–her friend, Nellie, who delights in telling her all the current gossip, and Sergeant Crawford, who refuses to clear John’s name.