I was lucky enough to read this sweet story, Lilacs For Juliana, a short novel by Carrie Fancett Pagels. The author has written this through personal knowledge of her lumberjack ancestors and what better way to know the life they lead then to have stories passed down in your family.
I found myself attached to the character, Juliana, because she was a librarian. This has been my occupation for 30 years while working at the Family History Library.
The story takes place in St. Ignace in the 1890's. I love this time period, being a family historian, and so enjoyed reading this story. Carrie has written two other books, The Fruitcake Challenge and The Lumberjack's Ball, both of which I had read earlier. In these earlier books of the Christy Lumber Camp, we meet Richard "Moose" Christy and Juliana Beauchamps who are the main characters about whom this book revolves. If you haven't read the first two books, you should definitely do so to find out all about the Christy family and the camp. But you will still enjoy this book even without having read the earlier novels as Carrie carefully crafts the story in a way that it can stand alone.
As Moose discovers pretty Juliana, he immediately falls for her. But he isn't the only one to have these feelings for her and he also feels a bit "out of her league" so to speak. Moose is the epitome of Paul Bunyan, a woodsmen I grew up "knowing" well in school, having lived in Minnesota.
Juliana's job seems to be in jeopardy as a school administrator tries to find ways to have her removed from her librarian position, one she very much needs.
Author: Carrie Fancett Pagels
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