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"November 1917. William Moreland is in mid-flight. After nearly twenty years, the notorious thief, known as the Ridgerunner, has returned. Moving through the Rocky Mountains and across the border to Montana, the solitary drifter, impoverished in means and aged beyond his years, is also a widower and a father. And he is determined to steal enough money to secure his son's future. Twelve-year-old Jack Boulton, born in the woods to two outlaws, now finds himself semi-orphaned and left in the care of Sister Beatrice, a formidable nun of the Anglican Order of Saint Mara. In the town of Banff, Alberta, where tourists, new immigrants, and POWs dwell among the locals, she lays claim to the boy and keeps him in cloistered seclusion in her grand old home. The boy longs to return to his family's cabin, deep in the Sawback Range. His father is coming for him. The nun won't let him go. Set against the backdrop of a distant war raging in Europe and a rapidly changing landscape in the West, Gil Adamson's follow-up to her award-winning debut The Outlander is a vivid historical novel that draws from the epic tradition and a literary Western brimming with a cast of unforgettable characters touched with humour and loss, and steeped in the wild of the natural world."--
Publisher: Toronto :, Anansi,, 2020
ISBN: 9781487006570
Characteristics: c

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Jun 09, 2021

Great writer - enjoyed this book too!

Apr 29, 2021

It took a 100 pages to get into this book. Once I understood who the characters were, I began to enjoy their adventures. We've traveled much of the Rocky Mountains ourselves, so I felt as if I could envision their experience. Very "Canadiana" and some history thrown in on top.

Apr 08, 2021

An excellent follow-up novel that also teases the reader along with its interesting and unusual writing style.

Apr 06, 2021

I do like this author's stories of the era & locations for this and The Outlander - my favorite is the later title. This one was longer for me to become involved with the story, once there I was hooked and rarely put it down. Strange how some reds can cause me to exhale or inhale quickly, as surprise or suspense. Few make me laugh out loud and I wish I'd made not of the exact ones. I'd go back to them as one might go back to the cherry cobbler in the dish, just to even the edges, have one more bite.

There re so may historical facts I appreciate that one can never get to old to learn new facts. I did not know that POWs were taken into Canada during WWI, I knew this to be during WWII. Interesting tidbits all along, a bit like bread crumbs or markers along the path leading one to new aspects.

Mar 19, 2021

My kinda book!! Loved it. Can’t wait to read Gil Adamson’s The Outlander.
Like her writing; straightforward, shorter sentences and paragraphs more than so many books nowadays.

Dec 17, 2020

A cheap melodramatic western; juvenile; tedious; and misogynist.

Dec 11, 2020

Readers need to know that Gil Adamson's previous novel "The Outlander" is a prequel to the Ridgerunner and really needs to be read before it for the most appreciation and enjoyment of the whole story. I'm waiting to read this one now that I've read "The Outlander", which is a fabulous read.

JessicaGma Nov 04, 2020

This was such a great story - you follow Jack as he waits for his dad, the Ridgerunner to come back. But then there's Sister Beatrice, who is taking care of Jack, and she won't let him go easily. That last little twist, ooo, that was excellent storytelling. Jack is a great protagonist, and this book deserves any and all the awards!

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