Fascinating Insight Into Early Jewish Migration – “Ravenscraig” by Sandi Krawchenko Altner [Kindle Edition]

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Ravenscraig, by  Sandi Krawchenko  Altner,  Winner of  the  2012  Carol  Shields  Book  Award

Romance, scandal, and tragedy grip the lives of two families and threaten to destroy them both in Ravenscraig, by Sandi Krawchenko Altner.

Nothing is more important to Rupert J. Willows than the image he has built to hide the deep secret of his true identity. A master manipulator, the ruthless and charismatic Rupert buys his way into the upper class when he purchases the opulent mansion, Ravenscraig Hall. It is the turn of the 20th century in one of the fastest growing cities in North America. True power is within Rupert’s grasp as long as his secret stays buried.

Malka Zigman is a survivor. Orphaned in London, she sails to Canada to join her Uncle Zev and his family. With family resources stretched thin, Malka takes a risk. Armed with an English accent that belies her Jewish roots, she reinvents herself as Maisie Rosedale to gain entrance to the exclusive world of “the English” as the new maid at Ravenscraig Hall.

Pitching rich against poor in a brawling, raucous frontier city in the early 1900s,  Ravenscraig brings to life the daily challenges of the booming population. Love, anger and the determination to succeed at all costs, fuel the treacherous journey ahead.

From the author

I am a writer, Titanic fanatic, and former television news reporter with a keen interest in social history.

My first novel, Ravenscraig was first published in Canada by Heartland Associates, and was launched on November 29, 2011 to an amazing response in Winnipeg and the top spot in the bestseller list at McNally Robinson Booksellers. Ravenscraig was published in the Kindle Select Program by Franklin and Gallagher in August, 2012, for all sales outside of Canada.

Every time I tell someone about my book, it inevitably leads to their telling me about how their families came to Canada or the United States. It seems there is an ever growing interest in genealogy and family histories. I am writing a blog, called Ravenscraig, to share the stories and resources that I discovered in the many years of research I did for the writing of the novel Ravenscraig. This work was, and continues to be, a most gratifying journey that has helped me to learn where I came from, and who I am.

Family history and stories about those early years in the “new country” have always been of great interest to me. My family is Ukrainian Canadian and I am a fifth generation descendent of the first group of Ukrainian pioneer families that came to Manitoba to farm in 1896. We are, to this day, “peasant stock” as my mother proudly claims. I have posted family pictures and a story about our history on the Ravenscraig blog.

I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, and enjoyed a long and exciting career in television and radio news in Calgary, Winnipeg and Montreal. I feel greatly privileged to have had a”front row seat”, microphone in hand, to tell the stories of the newsmakers of the day, from homeless people, to captains of industry, to just plain decent people doing good things in the world. Well, and to be honest, to tell a great many stories about people who were not to be admired. Overall, I loved being in news and have a great respect for my friends who continue to work in the media.

I am also a Jew by choice, which came about, in large part, through my years of research into the history of Winnipeg’s Jewish community and the natural path I found to study Judaism.

Readers reviews

“Ravenscraig is a very impressive debut novel. Author Sandi Krawchenko Altner spins a compelling tale in this family epic that contrasts rich against poor during the immigration boom at the turn of the 20thcentury.”  – Theresa Vinas

“This book is amazing in its depiction of late 1800’s and early 1900’s Winnipeg. The city was a hotbed of immigration and this book accurately depicts the history and immigration of a Jewish family from the “old country” to Winnipeg.” – Shell Beckwith

“Ravenscraig” by Sandi Krawchenko Altner (Kindle Edition) is available for iPhone,  iPod Touch,  iPad with free Amazon app (download app – here), get Amazon app for BlackBerry – here,  for Android – here and for PC– here

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 846 KB
Publisher:  Franklin and Gallagher, LLC (August 28, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
Price: $9.46 (buy now)


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