THe Dark Divide
a novel by D.K. Stone
Waterton is a town with dark secrets, and after a summer of murder and mayhem, American ex-pat, Rich Evans, knows exactly how far people will go to hide them. Jobless after the fiery destruction of the hotel he once managed, Rich is charged with arson. Only one person, local mechanic Louise “Lou” Newman, believes in his innocence. But even Lou’s love and support can’t dispel the darkness that’s spreading through the community. Dead animals appear on porches, strangers threaten the safety of the locals, and a fingerprint from the fire is linked to a decades-old murder.
The lonely border town has a new danger: a murderer willing to do anything to protect a web of secrets that links them to the arson.
Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her master's thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both adults (Edge of Wild, The Dark Divide, the Intaglio series, and Ctrl Z) and teens (All the Feels, Internet Famous, and Icarus). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.
a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell
Before Elizabeth Gaskell's famous North and South and Cranford, there was Mary Barton. Set in Manchester England in the mid-nineteenth century, Mary Barton was revolutionary in the way it tackled the relationship between poor mill workers and the wealthier manufacturers. This first book by Elizabeth Gaskell delves into the desperate lives of the working poor in Northern England, much in the way Dickens shone light on London’s lowest classes. In Gaskell’s eyes, prostitutes are selfless, murderers are penitent, and the poor are heroes.
Elizabeth Gaskell was born in London in 1810. She was a writer of detailed letters from a young age, and moved in literary circles. Born into a Unitarian family, she married a Unitarian minister in 1832, and the Unitarian values can be seen throughout her novels. Like most Victorians, her life had its griefs. She lost two children, and wrote Mary Barton in an effort to cope with the death of her only son, William. After the publication of Mary Barton, Elizabeth Gaskell went on to write numerous other novels, novellas, short stories, and non-fiction including North and South, Cranford, and the Life of Charlotte Brontë.
Elizabeth Gaskell, 1810-1865, produced no less than 46 written works during her lifetime, including novels, short stories, and non-fiction. Some of her more famous works are North and South and Cranford.