Lynne Golding's historical trilogy, the Beneath the Alders series, delves into Brampton history as a lens to tell universal stories while still paying homage to the small town roots of what has become a large Ontario city.
From family secrets to love stories to the First World War and Spanish flu epidemic, the three novels encompass a sprawling historical epic, all centred around Jessie Stephens and her family.
Golding has recently completed the series, with the final book, The Mending (Blue Moon Publishers) out now. As a final send off to her project, 15 years in the making, she created a video to talk directly to readers about where her ideas came from and what the experience of writing the books was like.
The video functions as both a primer on Golding's series and a peek into her encyclopedic knowledge of and passion for Brampton history. For fans of historical fiction, it's a fabulous glimpse into both the writing process and a homegrown epic.