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Penny Loves Wade, Wade Loves Penny by Caroline Woodward

Penny Loves Wade, Wade Loves Penny, by Caroline WoodwardI am returning to my Peace River roots with this novel, which is a retelling of The Odyssey and my own tribute to hardworking ranch and farm couples who work as a team and endure the vagaries of the climate, the markets and the romance-corroding strain of financial hardship.

My Penelope and Ulysses are Penny and Wade, she the inventive, loyal and resolute ranch wife and substitute teacher and he, a good man adrift behind the wheel of his short and long haul trucking business. Their lives have been blighted by Wade’s father, an unhappy, self-centred man who has left them to cope with unexpected debts upon his unlamented death.
Their lives become a struggle to hold onto the land and to each other as Penny fends off covetous neighbours and unsavoury suitors while Wade contends with untrustworthy and false friends while he drives a cargo of Peace River honey, Yukon Gold potatoes, smoked salmon and Creston Valley apples on his last long haul drive of the season.

The novel is also an examination of the lingering effects of World War One on 3 generations of a family and the great succor of a community when a family is in dire straits.

[tags]fiction, novel, Canadian, mythic, contemporary, rural, heroic[/tags]

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