by Ainslie Stewart
—Tom Gallant”A powerful debut novel melding passion with lyricism, Ainslie Stewart’s THE ENTANGLING intertwines the lives of 18th century settler Susannah with 21st century widow Ellie in a mystical tale of love, malice, betrayal and forgiveness.”
— Pamela Callow, author of DAMAGED and INDEFENSIBLE.
“Bordering on that supernatural feel of celtic lore, Ainslie Stewart pushes the boundaries of our thinking by entwining the ‘centuries-old’ voice of Susannah, into that of her descendent, Ellie. This is a wonderfully crafted, debut story by a very promising writer.”
— Donna Morrissey
Set in both present day and eighteenth-century Nova Scotia, Entangled is the story of two women living in the same home—centuries apart—each enchanted by the same mysterious tree that grows on their land across time.
When Ellie MacCallister abandons her life in Toronto following her husband’s sudden death, she flees to her summer home in Nova Scotia expecting to return to a safe place of healing. At least it felt safe when she spent her childhood summers there with her grandmother. Now, alone and confronted by her grief, she is more haunted than ever by the memory of her husband, and her suspicions around the way he lived and died. Disturbing visions and rumours of an age old faerie tree on her land do little to restore Ellie’s peace of mind. Ultimately, she must choose to face her deepest fears to accept a truth that also offers her greatest healing.
Two hundred years earlier, Susannah Fraser and her new husband escape England’s rigid class structure by immigrating to the New World. Bereft of her family and the life of privilege she left behind, Susannah finds comfort in the home she and her husband build together, in a mysterious healer living in the woods nearby, and in an enchanting tree that grows on the crest of their new property – reputed to be a faerie tree by the locals. Susannah’s newfound abilities in healing and the second sight begin to arouse suspicions among her neighbours and before long, she is accused of sorcery. Her strength of spirit is put to the test by the sudden disappearance of her husband. Ultimately, Susannah discovers a secret which unearths her final gift of healing – one that will survive centuries to mend the heart of a woman in another time.