Somewhere In-Between

Donna Milner

Following tragic events, from which Julie O’Dale believes she and her husband, Ian, will never recover, Julie buys into Ian’s dream to give up their comfortable city lives and retreat to the Chilcotin area of British Columbia. Along with a team of draft horses, four cow ponies, and the range cattle, which are included in the purchase of the remote six-hundred-acre ranch, they reluctantly inherit the reclusive tenant who lives in an old trapper’s cabin on the property. As both Julie and Ian wrestle with their deteriorating marriage, and the individual guilt and sorrow that drove them to try to run away from reality, they have to contend with the wilderness at their doorstep—and the mysterious tenant, Virgil Blue. Against his will and theirs, he slowly becomes drawn into their lives and has an impact in ways that none of them could have foreseen.

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“Donna Milner’s Somewhere In-Between is about a family healing from tragedy. With wisdom and compelling storytelling, Milner gives readers a tale of rural British Columbia that is both universal and timeless.”

—Tracy Sherlock, The Vancouver Sun

“Leave your skepticism at the ranch gate. Donna Milner gives you crows in mourning, an otherworldly bear and the mysterious Virgil Blue as she takes you on a mystical ride through Chilcotin country to the other side of death in this surprising, suspenseful tale of a mother’s grief.”

—Tricia Dower, author of Stony River and Silent Girl

“Part elegy, part ode to nature, and an anthem of love across worlds, Donna Milner’s Somewhere In-Between is a lyrically written story of the power of universal family, of tragedy, forgiveness, and hope.”

—Cassie Stocks, author of Dance, Gladys, Dance, Winner of the 2013 Leacock Medal for Humour