definition, a home is the private living quarters of a family. The
true value of a home, however, lies in the intangibles: warmth,
love and acceptance. I've been on my own since I was nineteen, but
I know that if I were ever in trouble, my parents would be there
for me, the door to their house open as long as I needed.
In A DAUGHTER'S PLACE, I wanted to explore a different
scenario. One where a blissful childhood is shattered by a series
of tragic events. One where a father turns his back on his own daughter,
and forces her to leave home when she is seventeen and pregnant.
I stacked the deck against Libby Bateson, then turned on my computer
and dared her to survive. I did give her two good reasons to persevere:
a vulnerable, yet stalwart, seven-year-old daughter; and a the love
of a gorgeous man who shares her passion for the land.
I grew up in rural Saskatchewan and writing about
the landscape of my youth has been both a pleasure and a challenge.
I wasn't exactly a country girl by nature. My brothers will tell
you I didn't know where the barn was on our property. (Which is
a lie. If I hadn't known where it was, I could never have avoided
it so successfully.) But I did enjoy the beauty of the prairie and
put in many hours on my bike, exploring isolated farm access roads.
I may have moved away, but I admire the people who stay, building
their future on the land that they love.
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"C.J. Carmichael writes about forgiveness and
starting over in a story rich in characters, friction and spirit."
"A Daughter's Place kept me turning the pages,
my definition of a four heart read. These were real people, people
I could admire and like." The Romance Reader
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soccer scenes in this book are based on my own experiences watching
my daughters play the sport. Nicole's performance is modeled after
one neighborhood boy who played with my youngest. He was such an
outstanding player, no one could keep up with him.
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