Barometer Rising

Barometer Rising
Age Range
12+
Release Date
September 01, 1941
ISBN
0771099916
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Penelope Wain believes that her lover, Neil Macrae, has been killed while serving overseas under her father. That he died apparently in disgrace does not alter her love for him, even though her father is insistent on his guilt. What neither Penelope or her father knows is that Neil is not dead, but has returned to Halifax to clear his name.

Hugh MacLennan’s first novel is a compelling romance set against the horrors of wartime and the catastrophic Halifax Explosion of December 6, 1917.

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Reader reviewed by Anonymous

This book could not keep me awake. The author goes into so much detail on the silliest things that noone cares about or will ever remember. I give it a thumbs down!
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Reader reviewed by Kam1978

This book has been a staple in Canadian classrooms for years, and there is rarely a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, who hasn't read this story. I personally didn't get to read it until I was out of school, but it immediately became one of my favorites.

Set against World War I Halifax, Nova Scotia, Barometer Rising begins in the days before the 1917 Explosion that levelled part of the city. The main plot follows Neil Macrae and Penny Wain, former lovers who were separated by war and betrayal. When Neil returns to seek vengeance for all he's lost, Penny's world is turned upside-down. Then, on December 6, 1917, everything changes for the entire cast of characters.

The story itself is engrossing, but what's impressive is the way MacLennan makes the reader feel as though he or she has stepped back in time. Highly recommended.
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