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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Zachary Kirk, with the help of two friends, was doing historical research relating to the coal mining communities of southern Alberta, for an assignment. As Zach looked through old newspapers he found a man named Dhugal Campbell. Zach found Dhugal’s story much more interesting than a coal mine. Dhugal, his wife Moira, and their 9 year old daughter came to America, the land of promise, in 1901. After working for 3 years they migrated west to the province of Alberta. Learning to farm was not easy and there were many hardships. In 1909 Moira died in childbirth. Dhugal was a changed man. What began with such hope ended with such sadness. Zach felt drawn to see the Campbell farm for himself. Something bizarre happened in the old Campbell house. Zach seemed to go back in time; something or someone was calling to him. After the death of her father, Miriam Campbell took over the farm. She was visited by angels that brought her visions and prophecy. She recorded all she saw and heard. Her brother in law, a politician and a con man, sees a way of exploiting Miriam. Years later the Miriam Church has power and Zach stands in their way.
WOW! I hardly know what to say and that rarely happens. Bob MacKenzie offers readers a masterpiece of fiction. I have to keep reminding myself that this is fiction. Alberta does not exist and this book is not based on any fact. My review can never do this book justice. Bob MacKenzie is a talented author. He made this book come to life. While the book’s genre is definitely thriller I found a wee bit of horror and paranormal in it. The characters are well done. Evie and Zach play well together. But what really makes this book unforgettable is the Campbell story and Miriam’s manuscript. I read this book in one setting. I just couldn’t put it down. I am not sure where MacKenzie got the idea for his plot but he developed it brilliantly. Mr. MacKenzie, you have just moved to the top of my favorite author list.