Lords and Lepers Sneak Peek

Read an excerpt from Corinne Jeffery’s newest historical fiction novel, set in the Canadian Prairies, Lords and Lepers.

Frequently glancing out the small kitchen window, Helen was at
first surprised before alarm began to permeate her anxious mind when
the sun began its descent below the horizon, and still there was no
sign of Francine’s parents. It was not like Catherine and Jake to be late,
especially when it came to gathering up their cherished only child.

Finally becoming fearful, Helen went downstairs to bring the girls
up for supper, and suggested to her daughter that she ask her friend to
stay for a sleepover. Francine’s delight with this unexpected surprise
invitation on an evening before a school day obliterated any question
of the whereabouts of her mother and father, and after a quick meal
they hurried into Margaret’s bedroom to begin their pyjama party.

Concern was even beginning to show on Scott Dwyer’s usually
benign countenance, and after he had eaten, he suggested to his son,
Paul that they walk the four blocks to the Stonehenge home. Noticing
immediately that the house was in darkness, they hastened to the small
pub on Main Street to ascertain if anyone had seen Catherine or Jake.

In their hamlet, every villager knew and cared about one another,
and soon equipped with large flashlights, several of the men headed
toward the shore. Many hours later, in the early light of the dawning
day, Jake’s small fishing vessel was discovered washed up along the
coast midway between scenic Covehead Bay, and the red sandstone
dunes of North Rustico Harbour.

The bodies of Catherine and Jake Stonehenge were never found.

Francine was far too young to understand why her mummy and
daddy were never coming back to take her home, but in a flash the
crippling seeds of guilt were sown. If only she had not stayed over
with Margaret instead of returning to their cozy little cottage at the
edge of the village, they surely would not have gone away. They must
have been very angry with her. While she was laughing and having fun
curled up with her friend under the comfortable quilt on her threequarter
bed, they would have been searching for her. When they could
not find her they had gone out to sea.

Lords and Lepers will be available on April 28th, 2018!