Broken Barrier

by Grace Helen Mowat

introduction by Mary B. McGillivray

A bestselling romance set in the 1950s between an educated but impoverished young New Brunswick woman and a wealthy young American

Broken Barrier is a taut love story portraying two bookish people thrown together in the mid-twentieth century on Staten Island, New York. Lydia Allen, descendant of Loyalist refugees who left America in 1783 at the end of the American Revolution, struggles to preserve the rural lifestyle and handsome estate that her ancestors built in eighteenth-century New Brunswick. She goes to work for a rich young American as a housekeeper in order to make money to save her estate.

About the Author

Born and raised in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, GRACE HELEN MOWAT (1875-1964) was herself descended from Loyalist refugees who established the town in 1783 at the conclusion of the American Revolution. Studying at the Richmond School of Art and Music (London), and at the Womans Art School of the Cooper Union (New York City), Mowat returned to St. Andrews integrating her art training, local materials and the traditional handcraft textile skills of Charlotte County women to develop a highly successful Cottage Craft enterprise. Author of several other books, Mowat published Broken Barrier in 1951, the same year in which she received an honorary degree from the University of New Brunswick.

MARY B. McGILLIVRAY is a professor of English literature at St. Francis Xavier University, where she specializes in Canadian literature. Her area of interest is the literatures and cultures of Canada, with a specific specialty in nineteenth-century and early-twentieth-century literature set in the Maritimes.

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