In With Nothing but our Courage we followed Mary MacDonald, part of a Loyalist family as she was forced to leave her home and trudge up to Canada with an old horse, a baby and the rest of her family. It was a very hard difficult journey with trusted friends and neighbours treating them poorly along the way.
This book often filled my son and I with a sense of profound sadness. Seeing the anger expressed at them by their fellow Americans... the horror of a sick baby...and harshness of the holding camp. It was just HARD. BUT as my son said "They became part of Canada. And that was good right mom?" They walked and they worked and they become part of Canada... part of US! Hard losses, good friends, helpful people, past lives missed and mourned and eventually new life embraced
And that's true you know. They were part of the beginning of this beloved country of ours. And ours is the best country in the world you know. Just ask my nine year old. :)
15 stories of individuals interwoven into brief forays into the surrounding history or additional early church leaders of which not a lot of information is known. I found it a fascinating read and look forward to reading the rest of the series.
I have to say that some of the chapters were long so we broke them up into a couple of nights reading. But the lad was intrigued and sometimes would fill in additional information which was just cool. :)