On the day her mother died she chose to go out with friends instead of being with her, and she died before Cass got back. This helped Cass let go of the guilt she had been carrying around. Cass is curious how it was even possible that they were even able to communicate, when Beatrice lived over a years ago. As time goes on Cass and Beatrice communicate more through their journal entries. Beatrice trice to please her family and everyone around her with this engagement to Robert. Inside though her thoughts were always drifting to Duncan, he drove her crazy, but grabbed her heart at the same time.
Duncan feels the same about Beatrice. Duncan is completely honest with Beatrice how he feels about her. Beatrice is torn, she knows that she is promised to Robert, but her heart really does belong to Duncan. At a dance, Beatrice has to be honest to Robert about her feelings for Duncan. Robert surprises her as well telling her that he had feelings for someone else. Their parting is mutual. Duncan does know about Robert and Beatrice parting. Duncan really calls Beatrice out, asking her what she really wants in her life.
She tells him for sure, very happily. She wonders what happened, who Beatrice ends up with. Cass finds a photograph dated , with the name Humphry Lloyd Hime, there was a woman in the picture with him with a ring on her finger.
It was Beatrice and Duncan. This is when Cass finds a letter from Beatrice, telling her that they are blood relatives. Mystery solved as to why she got to meet her. Beatrice thanks Cass for her help, telling her not to be with Robert. Her Papa believed they would see each other again one day. Beatrice then tells Cass that Nohkom told her that, Beatrice would one day have three sons and a daughter. This would lead to Cass four generations later. In awe of what Cass has just read. When Cass looks out the window and she sees the reflection of Nohkom, and then the reflection of her mother. Cass knows then they will always be together.
Apr 07, Krista rated it it was amazing Shelves: I'm 27 and I'd like to think that I can make every decision perfectly by myself, but I literally couldn't put this book down. I almost literally put my entire life on hold just to finish this book. I have been having some family difficulties lately, and so it helped that I related to both of the main characters in Okay, okay. I have been having some family difficulties lately, and so it helped that I related to both of the main characters in that way. This is the kind of story that wraps you up in the mystery and wonder of it all - the kind of story that touches you in a way you can't explain.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves good stories, who loves time-bending plots, and especially loves books that keep you on the edge of your seat and staying up late to finish another page, another chapter, until the end. Kudos to the author, also, for the love story entwined in these pages; ah!
Jan 21, Ann rated it really liked it. A modern day girl lives a parallel life with a year old ancestor. Aug 13, Madame Jane rated it really liked it. Let me count the ways" Beatrice and Duncan forever: Oct 11, Canadian Children's Book Centre added it. Winter shadows — and family struggles — affect two young women, five generations apart, whose stories unfold through first-person, alternating voices in the latest novel from Margaret Buffie author of the classic Who Is Frances Rain?
In the present, teen aged Cass, still mourning the death of her mother, wrestles with her new blended family. Cass dreads the winter ahead in Winter shadows — and family struggles — affect two young women, five generations apart, whose stories unfold through first-person, alternating voices in the latest novel from Margaret Buffie author of the classic Who Is Frances Rain?
When a stone fireplace is uncovered during renovations, Cass discovers a star brooch that provides a link to a long-ago inhabitant of her home. Beatrice, too, strains against her new family and the future that lies ahead of her as an unmarried woman in the early settlement. To fight the winter shadows, she confides her concerns in a diary which, like the star brooch, provides a link to Cass. A sprinkling of Cree words adds to the flavour.
When Beatrice must choose between two suitors, the reader — like Cass — knows just how the story should end. As well as historical detail, the novel provides insight into both girls as they mature and learn to, if not appreciate, at least understand their stepmothers — and to make strong choices in their own lives. Aug 28, MissSusie rated it really liked it Shelves: This book shows that step families have been hard for a very long time. The parallel stories of Beatrice in the and Cass in the present both have a new step mother after their mothers have died and the relationship is not an easy one.
With a dash of romance. It is kind of hard to categorize. It is set in Manitoba in Beatrice is not happy to have come home after being away at school and found her father married to Ivy a sour wom This book shows that step families have been hard for a very long time. I enjoyed this book and think that a lot of young people will relate to it, because blended families are hard but what I loved about this book was the reveal of the new wives past and what made them react to these girls the way they did and how when they found a happy medium to their feelings, that was when healing starts.
I totally see why this book has won awards in Canada and since Winnipeg Manitoba is only a couple hours from where I live it made it even more special. I liked the history of the Cree in this area and how they blended with the new immigrants into a thriving community. I highly recommend this book. I received this book from the Librarything Early Reviewers Program for a unbiased review. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This well deserved, award winning book skillfully weaves the lives of two young women, 16 year old Cass, an unhappy present day girl, who lives in an old family home, located in a small Manitoba community, and 18 year old Beatrice of Scottish-Metis descent, who lives in An angry, unhappy teenager, Cass, can't understand why her father re-married so soon after her mother's tragic death from cancer.
Her new, unfeeling step-mother seems totally intent I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Her new, unfeeling step-mother seems totally intent on destroying her mother's memory and her young step sister adds to the tense situation. Beatrice recently returned from school in the East to find that her widowed father has married a jealous, mean-spirited woman. To make matters worse, the new wife's son has entered their lives and makes things more difficult for Beatrice, with his constant teasing.
Beatrice must decide whether she should marry a minister,with whom she is not in love, and leave her family to help him in his new ministry, or stay to protect her injured father and her frail Cree grandmother. Christmas plays it's special magic, when Cass and Beatrice start to actually see each other and help each other solve their common problem. Although billed as a children's book, this beautiful, well written story will appeal to those of all ages.
With it's rich historical detail, it is destined to become a Canadian classic. Aug 23, Mei rated it liked it Recommends it for: Synopsis Cass resents her new stepmother and stepsister. When she finds a mysterious broach, her life begins to get even worse; she begins to see people that aren't there and Christmas without her mother is right around the corner. Can connecting with a girl from the past help her push the shadows out of her life and enjoy life again? Review I found the story line of Beatrice to be fascinatin Synopsis Cass resents her new stepmother and stepsister.
Review I found the story line of Beatrice to be fascinating. The story was so interesting, that I could have read an entire book on Beatrice's life alone. Unfortunately, it was interspersed with the story of Cass, a resentful and hurt young girl.
I found it very difficult to connect with Cass, she came off as pretty when I know that she had deeper feelings that I simply never felt. I did appreciate that both girls were able to learn something about their stepmothers that allowed them to be seen as flawed people instead of the enemy. My Recommendation A great read for teenagers, especially those dealing with parental loss or family transition. Jun 24, Merel rated it liked it.
I enjoyed reading this book, especially Beatrice's story but there were things that bothered me from the very beginning. The biggest turn off for me was in the very beginning when Beatrice who was supposed to be of Native American ancestry and speak her native Cree language described something about an Indian shaman. Would a young woman in 's even have heard a word shaman and even more so used it to describe her own cultural background? I know it's damn pedant of me to feel that a small thing like this spoils the whole thing for me but I just can't help it.
It is very difficult for an outsider to write a book about other peoples. I think the theme of loss and moving on is a very good one for a YA book or any book but somehow I felt that everything was solved a bit too easily in the end. Anyway, it was an ok book I enjoyed reading. Sep 16, Cindy rated it really liked it Shelves: School stinks and her father is almost a stranger. Then she finds a brooch and it seems that she now has a link to the past. She is seeing things that happened in her house years ago. Beatrice has been away at school and doesn't really know her new stepmother, but she Themes: Beatrice has been away at school and doesn't really know her new stepmother, but she can't wait to get home to her beloved Cree grandmother.
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She takes a job at the local girls' school and tries to find a way to get along with her stepmother. She's also torn between her possible romance with the new preacher in town and her infuriating new stepbrother. Cass and Beatrice have their stories wound together and see visions of one another. Now Cass wants to know, who will Beatrice choose? And can her situation help Cass now with her problems? I liked this story. It might be just a little light, but I liked the characters and the story.
I really liked the way the Cree story was woven in. Feb 07, Merrilyn Tucker rated it really liked it. Cass is in a tough spot. Her mother died two years ago and her dad has remarried a woman with a year-old daughter. The family lives in the ancestral home of Cass's mother, but Jean, the stepmother, tries completely to clear out the mother's influence in the house. Beatrice is angry with her dad, her stepmother, and her new stepsister with whom she has to share a bedroom. While she is going through this rough time, Cass feels a presence in the house and discovers a young woman's spirit visitin Cass is in a tough spot.
While she is going through this rough time, Cass feels a presence in the house and discovers a young woman's spirit visiting her. About years ago, in this very house, lived Beatrice, who was going through similar tough times. She lived with her father and stepmother, whom she disliked, and Native grandmother. The two women, Cass and Bea, find each other's spirits through a diary that Bea wrote and they help each other across the century to cope with life's difficulties.
I liked reading the Cree language that Bea and her grandmother spoke. It was also interesting to learn about the immigration of the Scots and English to Canada. The love stories woven into the story are sweet and tame. Sep 02, Jenny rated it really liked it. This was a charming book.
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I enjoyed reading about the two girls. Both of them are headstrong and difficult, yet sympathetic characters that are trying to work through emotionally painful situations. I really liked the development of all of the characters in the book. They felt believable and the conflict was realistic.
The chapters alternate perspectives which moves the plot along, though it did annoy me to switch back sometimes when I wanted to keep reading about one girl - so it was a little b This was a charming book. The chapters alternate perspectives which moves the plot along, though it did annoy me to switch back sometimes when I wanted to keep reading about one girl - so it was a little bit choppy in that respect. I found that I enjoyed reading both perspectives pretty equally. I like Victorian novels and thus loved reading about Beatrice. The Victorian Canada setting and people were unique.
Cass was a more harsh and outspoken character than Beatrice, so her chapters sort of allow the reader to blow off some steam between the Victorian bits.
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It was an enjoyable read, well written with wonderful characters, a great setting, and an interesting plot to which many teens can relate. I would recommend it. Jun 26, Adrienne rated it did not like it Shelves: In , Beatrice Alexander has returned home from her boarding school to help care for her injured father and ailing grandmother. The most difficult task of all is dealing with her father's new wife, Ivy, who loathes her. In the present day, Cass, living in Beatrice's house, is miserable following her mother's death and her father's subsequent marriage.
Jean, Cass's stepmother, seems to hate Cass and any reminders of her mother. Beatrice's and Cass's stories are woven together as they begin to In , Beatrice Alexander has returned home from her boarding school to help care for her injured father and ailing grandmother. Beatrice's and Cass's stories are woven together as they begin to see shadowy glimpses of each other and Cass even gets to read Beatrice's journal. I found this book to be interesting but flawed.
I enjoyed Beatrice's parts of the story somewhat more than Cass's. The present-day dialogue seemed stilted and abrupt in places; it just didn't really seem like someone would talk. Also, the reason for the connection between Beatrice and Cass seems a little weak, and the author introduced some issues that were never resolved and, in my opinion, should have been left out if they weren't going to be developed. Aug 23, A Canadian Girl rated it really liked it Shelves: I was also expecting that Cass would time travel, but she actually is only able to get glimpses of Beatrice and read her journal in real time, which I really liked because I believe that spirits can exist but time traveling … not so much.
Beatrice even used Cree words, which made her story more authentic! Winter Shadows was received for free through Goodreads First Reads. Nov 08, Aliza rated it it was amazing. I picked this book for its cover. The time worn book on the cover drew me in. I am so glad this one time, I judged a book by its cover for this is a beautiful, exquisite, heartfelt book that will stay with me forever.
The premise begs you to suspend your disbelief in the idea that a redheaded teen today could somehow connect to a fellow teenage ancestor, who grew up in the same home, via her ancestor's diary, visions or maybe ghosts haunting. The phenomenon is never explained because what truly I picked this book for its cover.
Oct 25, Anne rated it liked it Shelves: When Cass's dad remarries shortly after her mom died of cancer, she Cass is understandably upset. Especially since it entails sharing her bedroom with a step-sister well, and all traces of her mom vanish or are banished from the house. One day Cass finds a hidden brooch that magically transports her back to to the life of a girl named Beatrice who is facing similar family drama in addition to the possible romantic intentions of two different men. While the stay is brief, it is also interm When Cass's dad remarries shortly after her mom died of cancer, she Cass is understandably upset.
While the stay is brief, it is also intermittent and Cass ends up with Beatrice's diary.
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Cass and Beatrice develop a bond of sorts over the span of a few months and are genuinely concerned about what happens to each other. May 15, Jessica Gomez rated it really liked it. Well, at first I was not to sure about this book, but the more I read into it the more I like the idea of Cass and Alexandra communicating with each other in the past.
The stories are common, what a lot of young girls, and boys for that matter have to deal with every day. The story plot was realisctic, other than the future and past aspect. Cass feels the long winter shadows on her heart. Her mother died of cancer and her father has remarried a woman who has moved into their old Manitoba house with her nasty, babyish daughter and an attitude that's very hard to take. Christmas promises to be a miserable time.
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More than a century earlier, Christmas is proving to be difficult for Beatrice, too, for she has shadows of her own. Some are cast by her circumstances. She sees the growing prejudice against people like her who are of mixed Cree and Scottish backgrounds. And like Cass, she has a stepmother. Her father's new wife is threatened by Beatrice and is driving a wedge into the family.