Romance, scandal, and tragedy grip the lives of two families and threaten to destroy them both in Ravenscraig, by Sandi Krawchenko Altner.
Winner of the 2012 Carol Shields Book Award, Ravenscraig, pitches rich against poor in the height of the immigration boom a century ago. Rupert Willows buries his cruel past and schemes his way to wealth and power when he buys his opulent home, Ravenscraig Hall. Zev Zigman, a devout Jew, mounts a desperate struggle to bring his family out of czarist Russia.
At the center is the feisty Maisie, who hides her Jewish roots to enter the world of “The English” and a better paying future at Ravenscraig. Love, anger and determination fuel the treacherous journey ahead.
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About the Story:
Nothing is more important to Rupert J. Willows than the image he has built to hide the deep secret of his true identity. A master manipulator, the ruthless and charismatic Rupert schemes his way into the upper class when he purchases the opulent mansion, Ravenscraig Hall. It is the turn of the 20th century in one of the fastest growing cities in North America. True power is within Rupert’s grasp as long as his secret stays buried.
Malka Zigman is a survivor. Orphaned in London, she leaves England to join her Uncle Zev and his hardworking Jewish family in Canada. Recent immigrants who escaped from poverty and violence in czarist Russia, the Zigmans struggle to put down roots in the slums of North End Winnipeg. With family resources stretched thin, Malka takes a risk. Everything is about to change as she reinvents herself as Maisie Rosedale and crosses over to the exclusive world of “the English” as the new maid at Ravenscraig.
“Wonderful…Welcome to Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs with a Winnipeg twist.” ~Winnipeg Free Press
“Ravenscraig is superb. It is a book that almost seems to have been written specifically for me, involving Jewish immigrants who resemble what my great-grandparents were like, and reflecting the attitude and hope that I have in life.” ~Louis Kessler, past president, Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada
About the Author:
Sandi Krawchenko Altner enjoyed an award-winning career in television news before she left to follow her passion for writing fiction. Sandi grew up with a keen interest in her roots and a deep love of history. A Jew by choice, she celebrated conversion in 2005. She lives, writes and blogs in Florida where she is active in her synagogue. Sandi and her husband, Bob Altner, have two daughters and two happy dogs. Ravenscraig is her first novel.
Ravenscraig is a novel by Sandi Krawchenko Altner, published by Heartland Associates, Inc. of Winnipeg, Canada and by Franklin and Gallagher in the US. It was launched at the McNally Robinson Store on November 29th, 2011, to great success, claiming the top spot in paperback fiction that week and continuing for 5 weeks on the best seller list.
Publisher Contact in Canada:
phone: (204) 475-7720
fax: (204) 453-3615
Publisher Contact in USA
Franklin and Gallagher, LLC
Bob Altner, Publisher