Here's the review of Chaudière
Falls by Ottawa Life Magazine's feature writer
Joel Redekop. Excerpts:
Falls: A Novel of Dramatized History
. . . is both an orthodox and atypical addition to the genre of
historically-based fiction." "It is epic in scope . .
." "Ultimately, Chaudière Falls is a labour
of love, a thoughtfully crafted history of a story not often told.
While history is easy to mythologize, the novel's sober approach
shows the author's remarkable eye for detail. For the history fiends
who like fact to work in tandem with fiction, Chaudière
Falls is a can't miss."
Here's the link to the full review:
Here's the review by author Wendy
"This dramatized history relates in gripping detail how a
lawless lumber town became the civilized capital of the nation.
The author's superb research brings to life the heart-breaking challenges
faced by the men and women who founded Bytown, including Colonel
John By, the determined engineer who built the Rideau Canal that
was to become the region's military and economic lifeline."
"Mulholland takes us inside the sad plight of the Irish labourers
on the Canal who undertook the backbreaking and dangerous labour
of cutting through two miles of rock, at least sixty feet deep.
We enter into their tragic and brief lives, marred by disease, crippling
and often-fatal accidents, poverty and prejudice."
"Mulholland vividly depicts the community's striking transformations,
with the building of the Market Square, Notre-Dame and Christ Church
Cathedrals, the arrival of the Grey Nuns and the founding of the
Bruyère Hospital, the ever-growing variety of shops and artisans
on Rideau Street, where geese, pigs and cows once roamed free amongst
pedestrians, and ultimately, the rise of the new capital's Gothic
Parliament Buildings on Barrack Hill."
"Through his fictional protagonist, Jedediah Jansen, who from
boyhood onward seeks emotional refuge on "his" rock overlooking
the Chaudière Falls, Mulholland shows us the physical and
emotional toll the lumber industry took on an individual. Jed's
life is marked by risk, financial uncertainty, violence and the
loss of loved ones. The long, hard seasons in the bush tax his marriage,
resulting in a tragic train of events and his troubled quest for
Here's the link to the full review on my publisher's website: https://burnstownpublishing.com/product/chaudiere-falls-a-novel-of-dramatized-history/
Ms. MacIntyre is a writer in Carleton Place, Ontario. Her novels
include Mairi, The Applecross Spell, Apart, Lucia's Masks
and the forthcoming Hunting Piero. Here's the link to her