Almost a century before the pioneering Thompson family had lived in that same hut enduring the frigid winters of the snow belt but ultimately prospering on the land. Entwined within their story is that of Yenohan, a young Aboriginal girl who befriended their daughter Eleanor and ultimately became a surrogate member of the Thompson family.
Yenohan's Legacy is an intertwined story moving between present day and the historic past. Each story works well on its own, but is enriched by the other. It is not an overly suspenseful story, but the subject matter was rich enough to keep me interested and eager to keep reading as both threads moved closer together.
I really liked the way this book was framed around a true situation. So much history disappears through neglect or willful destruction and it is comforting to know that there are people who do care enough to actively do something about it. I was fascinated to learn of the work committees that restore huts, preserving history that would otherwise be forgotten.
I really enjoyed Yenohan's Legacy. Told in an easy to read way and skillfully constructed to connect past and present, it captured my interest right at the start and continued right until the end.