A Small Compass is based on a true story of two strangers in 1806 on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean. They set out on different journeys that land them fighting for their lives together in the Canadian wilderness. The first two non-indigenous women to venture into the Canadian northwest, they give birth within a week of each other and must combine forces to battle dangers of the wilderness to defend all they love.
It’s 1885, and Abigail Peacock is resisting what seems to be an inevitable future—a sensible career as a teacher and marriage to a local store owner. But then she buys a rifle and everything changes.
Abigail accidentally shoots and kills a Pinkerton, which sets her on a daunting journey through the Canadian wilderness in search of Annie Oakley in the Bill Cody Wild West show.
But when Abigail falls in love with Annie’s friend and he winds up in jail, the two women join forces with Metis military general, Gabriel Dumont, to save him.
A young mother who loses her baby shortly after childbirth forges an unexpected bond with her old Polish neighbour. Touched by a similar tragedy, Babcza retraces the path back to a will to go on.
*Prize winner in the Prism International fiction contest.
They disagreed about everything that mattered. Juveniles Officer Kara Ridgeway could confidently place an adolescent in any registered facility in the city. Except for one — Aiken House. But to her dismay, only Peter Aiken's group home had a spot when she desperately needed one for young Craig Taylor.
Though Kara's philosophy concerning the treatment of young offenders clashed violently with Peter's, she had to admit that the man stood by his convictions. Still, she'd hardly expected to find herself swayed by his charm. But Craig's future hung in the balance, and Kara feared Peter wasn't to be trusted.
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