Eleanor Courtown

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19th Century

Lucy E.M. Black

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Eleanor Courtown is the story of a young woman of privilege. When her cousin marries and sails for Canada in the 1870s, Eleanor determines to follow. Having left home in secret, she soon has reason to regret her decision. Friendless in a strange new country, both women fall victim to a brutality that threatens to destroy them. This is a work of historical fiction based on events of the period. Written with a masterful command of the voices it inhabits, the novel’s endearing characters come alive in a nineteenth-century setting. The journey of its protagonist highlights the importance of those immigrants, of every class, who came to North America and who have played essential roles in the establishment of a developing social fabric.


Historical Fiction,

Short Summary

Eleanor struggles to adapt to the new country and her loss of status in it. She becomes friends with the local innkeepers and a very gruff doctor. She is courted by a school master. Her cousin is in a dire situation.


Wexford, Ireland and Ontario, Canada

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Happy Ending,social issues of class and agency

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Eleanor Courtown

Age: 19

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Faithful, Modest, Naive, Adventurous, Beautiful, Charming, Complex, Engaging

Additional Character Details

Name: Dr. Stewart

Age: 38

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Complex, Confident, Educated, Empathetic, Heartthrob, Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: Mr. Mrs. McLenaghan

Age: 58


Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Funny, Empathetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Lilian Courtown-McDonough

Age: 19

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Beautiful, Charming, Desperate, Naive

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Female leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Seraphim Publishing

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available



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