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A Trail of Broken Dreams: The Gold Rush Diary of Harriet Palmer is the tenth book in the Dear Canada series. It was first published in September 2004. The book was written by Barbara Haworth-Attard; her first in the series. It was followed by Sharon Stewart's Banished from Our Home.


"For my niece, Jennifer Haworth, who has successfully scaled a few mountains herself."

Book description[]

"June 7, 1862
My legs and feet hurt too much tonight to write. That doesn't make sense, but that is how it is.
June 8, 1862
A day of rest as it is Sunday. As much as I want to hurry to find Father, dear diary, I am glad to sit still, and let my feet rest. The blisters on them are a frightful sight. I boiled some water in my pot and cleaned them as best I could. I'm sitting now with my boots off.
Waves of sadness keep coming over me today. Missing Mama, missing William and Luella. Every time a scout rides up in a cloud of dust I think it is someone from the fort come to fetch me. No doubt Mrs. Owen has told William and Luella that I am not coming back, even though I swore to William that I would. I bet she told them I've been stolen by Indians, or drowned in the river. I do not mean to cause them worry, but I see now I probably have. Another of my faults that Mama often sighed over–leaping before I look.

"Le 7 juin 1862
J'ai tellement mal aux jambes et aux pieds que je ne suis pas capable d'écrire. C'est absurde, mais c'est comme ça.
Le 8 juin 1862
Un jour de repos, car c'est dimanche. Même si je souhaite retrouver papa au plus vite, cher journal, je suis bien contente de rester assise et de laisser mes pieds se reposer. Ils sont couverts d'ampoules, et ce n'est pas joli à voir. J'ai fait bouillir de l'eau dans ma casserole et nettoyé mes blessures du mieux que j'ai pu. En ce moment, je suis assise, mes bottes posées à côté de moi.
Des vagues de tristesse m'envahissent continuellement, aujourd'hui. Maman me manque. William et Lola aussi. Chaque fois qu'un éclaireur arrive au galop, enveloppé d'un nuage de poussière, je me dis que ce doit être quelqu'un du fort qu'on a envoyé me chercher. Mme Owen a sans doute raconté à William et à Lola que je ne reviendrais plus, même si j'ai promis le contraire à William. Je parie qu'elle leur a dit que j'avais été enlevée par les Indiens ou que je m'étais noyée dans la rivière. Je ne veux pas leur causer d'inquiétude, mais je me rends compte maintenant que je l'ai probablement fait. Un autre de mes défauts, qui faisait soupirer maman bien souvent : j'agis sans réfléchir.



Historical Note[]


Main article: List of A Trail of Broken Dreams characters


Main article: Barbara Haworth-Attard




"Thanks to Barbara Hehner for her careful checking of the manuscript; to Richard Thomas Wright, author of Overlanders 1858 Gold, to Dr. Jean Barman, Professor of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia and author of Beyond the West: A History of British Columbia, and to Roderick J. Barman, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of British Columbia and author of "Packing in British Columbia," in The Journal of Transport History (September 2000), for sharing their historical expertise."



See also[]

Dear Canada

Orphan at My Door | A Prairie as Wide as the Sea | With Nothing But Our Courage | Footsteps in the Snow
A Ribbon of Shining Steel | Whispers of War | Alone in an Untamed Land | Brothers Far from Home | An Ocean Apart
A Trail of Broken Dreams | Banished from Our Home | Winter of Peril | Turned Away | The Death of My Country
No Safe Harbour | A Rebel's Daughter | A Season for Miracles | If I Die Before I Wake | Not a Nickel to Spare
Prisoners in the Promised Land | Days of Toil and Tears | Where the River Takes Me | Blood Upon Our Land
A Desperate Road to Freedom | A Christmas to Remember | Exiles from the War | To Stand On My Own
Hoping for Home | That Fatal Night | Torn Apart | A Sea of Sorrows | Pieces of the Past | A Country of Our Own
All Fall Down | Flame and Ashes | A Time for Giving | These Are My Words

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