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The Innocent (Beneath the Alders, #1)

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In the year 1907, all of Brampton is present at the sod-turning ceremony for the Carnegie Library. At the end of the event, the crowd rises as one to walk to the Presbyterian Church for a consecration service... Everyone except Jessie Stephens and her family. Her father will not allow them to enter the Presbyterian Church.

No one will tell young Jessie the reason, but she
Published October 30th 2018 by Blue Moon Publishers
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Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
The Innocent is such a strange, slowly winding book. I can see a lot of current day readers possibly being bored with it because it was so slow – but I wasn't. I loved it. The book is slow and comfortable, despite always running around a theme of a secret that the family keeps from the child. The mood of it contrasts so well with the safety of growing up in a rural town. You can't place a lot of events at first, but they aren't without meaning – they form a bundle of yarn, spun together, and ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thank you Netgalley and Blue Moon Publishers for the ARC.

I'm halfway through and not sure what to make of this book.
So far I've read tons of observations on the comings and goings in Brampton, Canada early 1900's and followed young Jessie from age 4 to 6. All the while wondering what the story is. The book has a historical setting, but I would call it literary fiction. The writing is very detailed and beautiful but way too slow for my liking. I'm starting skipping pages just to get on with it. M
Cathi Mietkiewicz
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It had all the things I love in a novel – it’s Canadian, it talks about small town life in Canada – and many of the stories remind me of my own family. Even though I have no connection to Brampton, I felt “at home” reading this book.

I am usually put off by fiction that uses real life historical events to move the story forward….I say this because I seriously dislike reading about actual events that have been “fictionalized” and by that I mean altered to fit the fictional stor
Mrsk Stephen
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In her novel, The Innocent, Lynne Golding has done a magnificent job of capturing what life was like growing up in small town Canada in the early 20th century. The setting for this novel is Brampton and while I cannot speak to the facts as outlined in the novel I can speak to the characters as well as both their mindsets and the authenticity of the activities they participated in. I, too, spent the formative years of my life in a similar small Canadian town and, although half a century later, I ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, historical
I received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley and DigiWriting in exchange for an honest review.

Jessie Brady is an astute young girl growing up in a small city of Brampton in 1907. After a ground breaking ceremony at the Carnegie Library, she notices that her family does not follow the town to the Presbyterian Church. Jessie's inquisitive nature gets the better of her and in her attempts to discover the answers to her questions, she finds out more about her family history and the town in which t
Pamela Scott

(ARC from publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed)

I’m sorry to say this book didn’t really do it for me. It was incredibly dull and insipid. I waded through hundreds of pages of Jessie’s observations on the comings and goings in Brampton in the early 1900’s. Jessie is 4-6 during these events. Nothing much goes on. The Innocent has plenty of detail in it and some of it is very beautiful. Unfortunately, that’s about it. The book is rather flat I’m s
Jantine Kampes
I received a free copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.

The Innocent is a nice enough book, about a young girl growing up and learning about her family's history and social connections.

It had some interesting parts, but also parts that I had trouble getting through. The style of writing in this book is a little passive, which makes it harder to really relate to the characters.

I like having read The Innocent, but it is not a book I would re-read or tell other people it is a must-
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I knew nothing about life in a small Canadian town in 1907. But now I do! The Innocent is fiction, but inspired by stories told to the author by her cousin. She has done a lot of research into the historical context, and it shows.

The story is told from the point of view of Jessie Stephens, the youngest child in her family. Her family will not enter the local Presbyterian church, even though everybody else in the town does. She overhears a conversation that implies it has something to do with her
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Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This an easy to read,pleasant story of a young girl discovering the world in a small Canadian town. Like anywhere else,it has its secrets and its animosities. The girl tries to discover family secrets barred to her and becomes an expert eavesdropper. Her family goes through the usual tribulations but survives. The town grows as she grows. The understanding of the young child's approach to the world is full of insights and surprises, This is not a mystery or a novel of suspense. It is like being ...more
Sharon Jarvis
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brilliantly written! I loved the vivid descriptions and how the author Lynne Golding brought the small Canadian town and the people of Brampton come alive. Set in the early 1900s the period appears to be accurately portrayed capturing its essence. Told from the perspective of Jessie starting when she was 4 years and progressing to teenager years, the story of her family, their and her trial and tribulations are told. The story gives insight into family life in a small town. This is an exploratio ...more
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Lynne Golding was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Victoria College at the University of Toronto before studying law at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She is a senior partner at the international law firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP where she leads their health law practice group. Lynne lives in Brampton, Ontar ...more