A Garden in the Wilderness is the story of the Deans’ first year in Nova Scotia, beginning the day their New York-bound ship is boarded by the British and taken to Halifax Harbour. They learn to deal with the difficulties of pioneer life in remote Upper Musquodoboit including meeting the natives, clearing the land, finding enough to eat, and even providing clothes from scratch for a family of ten. Death visits the family and each of them learns to deal with it in their own way. This novel, based on the true story of the author's ancestors, describes in compelling detail life in a pioneer settlement in Nova Scotia in 1795. Susan Kirke, born in an English mansion, marries her father's gardener John Dean and ends up in the New World with her eight children in a log cabin. The Deans arrive in Upper Musquodoboit at the onset of winter. Susan's early life of leisure left her ill-equipped to deal with the challenge of producing everything her family needs to survive, but her neighbours and children are captivated by her tales of her former life. John Dean, having worked all his life as a pleasure gardener for the idle rich in the Old World, turns his skills to cutting down trees and planting crops with the help of his sons. In the end, they discover how difficult it is to create a garden in this wilderness. Edeana Malcolm discovered the story of Susan Kirke and John Dean while researching the genealogy of her maternal grandfather Everett Dean and his family in Nova Scotia. The couple's scandalous love story and subsequent journey to Nova Scotia inspired her not only to write this historic novel, but also to pen a trilogy about their early years in England, Scotland, and Ireland.
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In Edeana Malcolm’s Letters from the Gardener passion and jealousy ignite as Susan and John Dean as friendships, both new and old, add pressure to their marriage, and the bonds of love they forged to long ago begin to splinter. With each chapter framed by letters, enter into the world of the Dean family, as they continue to fight for their love and their family. The third of four novels in The Compleat Gardener series.
In Edeana Malcolm’s The Gardener’s Wife happily ever after is not always the end of the story. After the events of The Serpentine Garden Path Susan Kirke has finally married the gardener she loves, but love can only go so far. In an effort to make ends meet, the pair will have to endure more than they ever could have expected. The second of four novels in The Compleat Gardener series.
Edeana Malcolm’s novel The Loyalist explores the journeys of her ancestors as told from the perspective of her four times great-grandfather Michael Eisan and his third wife Sarah Lawrence as they transverse the trials of war, love, family, and marriage. A historical fiction based upon Malcolm’s own ancestry, this novel centers around many moments in our own history, opening the reader’s eye to the differing perspectives of our past.
Edeana Malcolm’s The Serpentine Garden Path draws you into the era of 18th century England romance, as heroine Susan Kirke is torn between two worlds: the proper English woman she was raised to be or following her heart into forbidden love, danger, and adventure unlike anything she’s ever experienced. The first of four novels in The Compleat Gardener series.
Edeana Malcolm’s The Book of Elisheva, though a glimpse into the first-century life of a Jewish woman, takes the reader on a journey of pain, anger, religion, and self-discovery. This novel speaks to the human condition both in the span of the novel, and in modern day, as oppression , religious fanaticism, rule by tyrants, and the marginalization of women continue to our shame. A historical fiction novel that transverses the past of both women and religion, with enticing parallels to our own world.
Edeana Malcolm’s House of Crows follows the lives of three women as their journeys weave together, telling of the history of Victoria, women, and the challenges that they have faced throughout history. Grandmother, mother, and daughter forge a path of infinite possibility for those who come after, while reminding the reader of those who’ve come before us. A historical fiction novel that takes the reader on a journey of the women of our past, and as such brings hope of the great potential of the women who have come after.