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The Light of Day

The Light of Day

"The phone call from Art was the cut; the ticket, the scab; and the train ride, the healing."


Maggie struggles to find herself, and her place in her family, in 1950s Cape Breton. She has to travel a long way--not just to Toronto and Boston, but within herself--to come to an understanding of her life, her father, and her hopes.

  • Reviews

    Marginalized by the mores of the 1950s and the impoverished, tragic circumstances of her family, young Maggie’s plight becomes one of increasing mystery as she struggles through her teen years. Trena Christie-MacEachern portrays Maggie’s youth, the times, and a strong narrative with believable characters, vivid settings and rich dialogue. The Light of Day is a debut novel that will haunt, long after its covers are closed.

    Jockie Loomer-Kruger, author of Until the Day We Die


    A dynamic story about a Cape Breton family! Maggie and wee Darryl will capture your heart. You'll be enveloped by a community where women, children and grouchy men bless themselves. 'Spirits spin inside a ghost world'. Secrets breed secrets. Unlikely characters offer forgiveness, understanding and care for the wounded. When the author reveals her ending, you will ask yourself how you missed the clues.

    Marie Mossman, author of A Rebel for Her Time


    “You look so much like my mother,” I said. “I know,” she said, “You tell me all the time.” “Do I? Did I tell you where the butter is?” Back and forth banter draws the reader in from prologue to the very last page. Humour, heartache and healing are everywhere. Along with betrayal and belonging.

    The author creates a surprise for readers at the conclusion of her novel. And Maggie gets the best surprise.

    Yes, it was all quite fine.

    Carol Ann Cole, M.C., author of the Paradise mysteries

  • book details

    6x9 paperback, 288 pages.

    ISBN 978-1-990187-82-7

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