Historical  Novelist

Envy The Wind 

​co-authored by Victoria Chatham​​

​​Grace Aitken's life changed forever when her parents were killed in a carriage accident in a London street. At the age of twelve, she became the ward of her father’s business partner,  Angus MacKinnon.​​

At seventeen, her pious father-in-law convinced her that she owed him a debt of gratitude which could be expunged by marrying his son, Frederick. Grace discovered a brotherly friendship with her husband, whose delicate health after five years of marriage culminated in his contracting pneumonia, although their childlessness was a fault placed squarely at Grace’s door.

At twenty-three and a widow, her in-laws assumed Grace would take on the role of dependent housekeeper and nurse. Faced with a gloomy future, Grace discovers a solicitor's letter hidden amongst Frederick's belongings which details the inheritance her parents left in trust for her. 

Grace discovers she might not be rich, but she isn't dependent upon her in-laws after all. Her rebellious side emerges and she books passage for Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada on the SS Parisian.

But her bid for freedom means a life far away from England as well as everyone and everything she knows.  Can Grace make a success of the future, or will she fail at every turn?
Canadian Historical Brides
Each of the Canadian Historical Brides novels features one of the ten Canadian provinces and two of the novels feature the three Canadian Territories. These novels combine fact and fiction to tell the stories of the immigrant brides and grooms who came to Canada from diverse backgrounds to join in marriage and build the foundation of the free and welcoming country that is Canada