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Sparkling Waters

by Pearl Christine Bennett


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Sparkling Waters
Memories of a Muskoka Childhood

Welcome to the Muskoka of our dreams, and the magical childhood we all remember when we're feeling mellow. The music of piano and violin drift across the water from the fantail of The Sagamo, steaming sturdily past the distant mouth of the bay. Wavelets chuckle through the crib-work of the dock. The family launch heaves gently at her moorings in the dim, green light of the boathouse. The wind sighs through the pines and sings in the trailing branches of the big elm-trees. The striped canvas hammock sways gently to and fro. The sparkling waters dazzle your vision, and your eyes slowly close. An illustrated copy of Anne of Green Gables, or a Hardy Boys adventure, or a Nancy Drew mystery, or perhaps a novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs or Zane Grey, falls to your chest, and you snooze away the golden afternoon.

Miss Bennett tells it like it was — if you were fortunate enough to be a child in Muskoka in the days when the passenger ships steamed the lakes, mothers wore stockings and cooked meals from scratch, and fathers played baseball on Sunday afternoons.


Pearl Christine Bennett is the author of Stella, a work of fiction set in the mythical village of Pine Narrows in the mythical county of Mustawassan in the year 1995; Old Mustawassan, set in Mustawassan in the late 1800s and early 1900s; Muskoka Dreams, a collection of short stories about Muskoka and its people; High Park High-Rise, a collection of short stories set in Toronto; Nelson County Mystery, set in one of Ontario's Wine Regions; The Flamingo Motel, the tale of one woman's journey from fat, depressed, and oppressed to a life of her own; and The Yearning Times, a collection of poetry.


Publisher: Christine Bennett, 2007
Category: Biography & Memoir / Cultural Life
ISBN: 978-0-9782951-0-39780978295103
Price: $25 CDN/USA paperback
Format: 206 pages, 6 x 9 in