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God's Green Country A Novel of Canadian Rural Life   By: (1888-1976)

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God's Green Country by Ethel M. Chapman vividly transports readers to the charming landscapes and close-knit communities of rural Canada. This beautifully written novel delves deep into the complexities of rural life, highlighting the struggles, sorrows, and joys experienced by its captivating characters.

Set in the early 20th century, the story follows a young woman named Mary, who leaves her city life to marry Jake, a farmer from a small country town. As Mary adapts to her new surroundings, she quickly realizes that life in the countryside demands resilience, hard work, and a deep connection with nature. Chapman skillfully depicts the stark contrast between rural and urban life, exploring the overarching theme of human's profound connection with the land.

Through vivid descriptions that breathe life into each page, Chapman immerses readers in the exquisite beauty of the Canadian landscape. She portrays the changing seasons, the breathtaking landscapes, and the varied challenges that accompany living close to nature. The author's attention to detail creates a rich tapestry of sights, sounds, and smells, transporting readers into the heart of the story.

The characters in God's Green Country are multifaceted and relatable; each one carries their own unique burdens, dreams, and desires. Mary, in particular, epitomizes the strength and determination of women in this era. Her growth and resilience throughout the narrative make her a deeply compelling protagonist, encouraging readers to empathize with her struggles and triumphs.

Chapman also weaves in broader social issues, shedding light on the challenges faced by rural communities at the time. From the impact of industrialization to the consequences of economic instability, the author seamlessly integrates these elements into the narrative, providing readers with a broader understanding of the times in which the story is set.

While the plot unfolds at a measured pace, emphasizing the day-to-day rhythms of rural life, Chapman's lyrical prose keeps readers engaged. Her writing is exquisite, creating a sense of timelessness that makes it easy to become fully absorbed in the story. The author's attention to historical accuracy further enhances the overall authenticity of the novel.

God's Green Country is a touching exploration of the human spirit and its enduring connection to the land. Ethel M. Chapman's ability to craft compelling characters, evoke a strong sense of place, and capture the essence of rural life makes this novel a delightful read for fans of historical fiction. Whether you have a deep appreciation for Canadian rural life or simply enjoy well-crafted storytelling, this novel promises to be a rewarding and captivating journey.

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God's Green Country




To The Memory of a Friend whose Vision Saw an Arcadia for Every Field of the Green Country and whose Brief Years of Sympathy and Service were Given to Make it Real for One Spot in Rural Ontario


Chapter I. 18 Chapter II. 34 Chapter III. 44 Chapter IV. 57 Chapter V. 72 Chapter VI. 92 Chapter VII. 107 Chapter VIII. 114 Chapter IX. 132 Chapter X. 152 Chapter XI. 178 Chapter XII. 193 Chapter XIII. 211 Chapter XIV. 220 Chapter XV. 230 Chapter XVI. 245 Chapter XVII. 252 Chapter XVIII. 262 Chapter XIX. 281

God's Green Country


" Do you hear the children weeping, O my brothers, Ere the sorrow comes with years? They are leaning their young heads against their mothers, And that cannot stop their tears. The young lambs are bleating in the meadows; The young birds are chirping in their nest; The young fawns are playing with the shadows; The young flowers are blowing toward the West But the young, young children, O my brothers, They are weeping bitterly! They are weeping in the playtime of the others, In the country of the free... Continue reading book >>

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