“Till September” was conceived partly out of personal experience and partly from headlines in the news at the time. The story takes place on a farm in rural Saskatchewan, my home province in western Canada. Hannah Kramer is a widow who is trying to open a bed and breakfast in her century old house in an effort to save the farm left to her by her dead husband. Before he died he made her promise to look after the land as a legacy to their son Ryan.
But making a living from the land is tough, especially when expenses are high and the price of grain is low. As I was writing this story, farmers were holding large rallies to get the attention of governments, and to let them know they couldn’t survive without help. Some of my own relatives sold out or were forced into bankruptcy at the time. So this was a story close to my heart.
Hannah is doing her best to make money any way she can. When Quinn Anderson arrives on her farm looking for a place to stay, she at first mistakes him for someone wanting the job she’d advertised for. She needs someone to work in her vast gardens, look after the animals and generally help out when needed. Quinn makes a deal with her; he’ll work mornings at her farm for free board and room. Since Hannah can’t turn down the offer for free labor, she agrees.What Hannah doesn’t know is that Quinn works for a real estate development company that is buying up farmland in Saskatchewan for purchase by prospective buyers from overseas. Living and working on Hannah’s farm will give him the opportunity to get to know farmers in the area who may want to sell their farms. And he has to admit that he is intrigued by the beautiful widow. He’d like to get to know her better as well.
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