“The characters are as complex as a spider’s web, the language poetic and the environment a tangible force.”
~ Paula Wild, author of Return of the Wolf, Conflict & Coexistence.
“We were not as terrible as they made out, though…
Of course we killed numbers. It was war, and
people get killed in war. I might as well tell
you about it.”
VICTORIA DAILY COLONIST, AUGUST 9, 1907
A novel by Harold Macy
For Clayton Monroe, the last hope for refuge is a struggling settlement at the far northwest corner of Vancouver Island. San Josef is his sanctuary from the imagined demons and real enemies who have pursued him for three decades, from the Civil War battlefields of Virginia and across the plains of Kansas to the gold rush gateway of Seattle.
For Anika Frederickson, San Josef is her new home, a community built on the promises of provincial government officials and carved from the coastal wilderness by the perseverance and dedication of her fellow Danish co-operative idealists.
A man like Monroe leaves a burning trail behind him, and the autumn winds of 1897 bring a new arrival to Cape Scott, sparking an inevitable challenge to Clayton’s safety and Anika’s family.
At San Josef, the rainforest and the river will bear witness.
San Josef is published by Tidewater Press, New Westminster, BC.