The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay

The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay - Beverly Jensen In the early 1900’s Idella and Avis Hillock live on a bluff on the coast of New Brunswick. It’s a “hardscrabble” life of potato farming and lobster trapping. Despite the harshness of life they have a loving family so life is good. Until their mother dies in childbirth.

Spanning 70 years, this book is written in vignettes featuring one or more of the Hillock family members. These vignettes take turns being heart-wrenching, heart-warming, outright funny and darkly humorous.

An interesting note: although some of the vignettes had been previously published as short stories the book in its entirety was published posthumously. There is a touching afterward in the book and if you listen to the audio version, there is a recording of Ms. Jensen reading part of the book herself. I would highly recommend this book.