A fun book, easy enough to read, and flowing quite nicely for the vast majority of its pages.
Some extraordinary scenes that add colour but reduce some believability - for example happening to shoot an accidental straight bullet into the head of a tiger whilst having the life scared out of you whilst atop an elephant who has been attacked by the ferocious cat - even though the shooter has never held a gun, seen a tiger, or ridden a pachyderm (quite far-fetched? - you betcha!).
Nevertheless the book is ahead of its time in respect of the strength of character of the hero Miss Lois Cayley who is ready to take on the world with tuppence in her pocket; and to show those that she meets, men, women, friends, lovers, relatives alike - that she is a woman who knows what she wants and will not compromise to meet the usual norms of society.
The story of Mary Magdelen's discovery of Christ as her truth and promise. Told in the form of a full, descriptive and colorful prose, Well written to the extent that for anyone with an understanding of the story of Christ, and who thus knows the facts of the final moments inclusive of his crucifixion, there remains the faint hope that perhaps Mary will prevail with her confronting entreaties towards Judas, Herod, Pilate and the Centurions, so as to safe the life of the King of the Jews.
Once again I am left wondering why I have not come across this wonderful author before. This novel has even more intrigue than "Prescott of Saskatchewan" although the basic plot is similar in a both books. In the present case, love meets hard work on the western plains of the Canadian prairie. Strength of character faces off against devious laziness and murder inflicted in the most cowardly of methods. Will the outsider Winston get his just deserts - perhaps ... but do not expect a typical ending at quite the time that would normally befall such a chivalrous tale. This book then as for all others I have read from Bindloss is almost impossible to put down.
A wonderful tale for male and female readers alike, gripping and written with a zest and description that causes shivers - as if you too were thrust into the cold blizzard of the Canadian plains. A western story of ambition, hard work, honesty, chivalry and love. The plot constantly intrigues, pulling at the reader - who wonders if Prescott's name will be righted by the loss of suspicion, or the return of the supposed dead, or both.
Bindloss is a writer who is well worthy revisiting - eminently readable even today.
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