A Coun­try of Our Own

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS -

The Con­fed­er­a­tion Di­ary of Rosie Dunn By Kar­leen Brad­ford Scholas­tic Canada, 184 pages, $17 PART of the Dear Canada se­ries, this novel tries to give some idea of what it was like to live in Canada, and its new cap­i­tal, Ottawa, in 1866. At the be­gin­ning of the book, Rosie is a 12-year-old girl from Que­bec City who is sent to be a maid in the home of an Ottawa of­fi­cial. We get clear pic­tures of Ottawa as a muddy, noisy, smelly town full of lum­ber­jacks and of Rosie, as she grows into a young woman with ro­man­tic in­ter­ests. Un­for­tu­nately, the events of Con­fed­er­a­tion are only briefly touched upon, ex­cept in an ap­pen­dix at the end of the book. While Rosie, as a young maid, would not have known much about the im­por­tance of the events tak­ing place on Par­lia­ment Hill, it seems un­for­tu­nate that this could not have had a more prom­i­nent place in the novel. Among her other books, On­tario au­thor Brad­ford has writ­ten two other nov­els in the Dear Canada se­ries.

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