Shadows in the Tree

“We have been marked at traitors.”

The unrivalled beauty and abundance of the Mohawk Valley, engulfed in the fight for liberty, forced the Eamers to choose between the freedom sought by many and their loyalty to the king. The impossible choice, once made, compelled them to abandon the land they loved and the hope that they would find peace amongst their once-loved neighbours, friends…and family.

Fleeing his impending arrest, Peter leaves Maria Catrina with their young children, telling her she must make her way north to the safety of the king’s lands in Quebec. Their exodus through the wild, untamed Adirondack Mountains reveals the darkness of men’s hearts and the lengths to which a mother will go to safeguard her precious ones.

Inspired by true events.   

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  • ISBN 978-0-9947461-1-5
  • Trade Paperback | 167 Pages | Dimensions: 9 × 6 × 0.68 in
  • Full colour, laminate cover; natural colour interior pages
  • Genre: Fact-Based Historical Fiction
  • Original Publication Date: 2013
  • Language: English
  • Printed in Canada


Jennifer DeBruin, Author of Shadows in the Tree (Feb 2017)

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ReaderFeedback(Plot revelations have been removed from reader feedback)

“Shadows in the Tree is an amazing book that paints as vivid a picture of the Loyalist refugees as we see in the Syrian refugees in contemporary media. A couple of my 5th Great Grandmothers would have made a similar journey and this book made the hard realities and joys of their lives come alive. Thank you for bringing it alive in a very compelling book.” G. Walker

“Shadows in the Tree is an inviting and riveting story…DeBruin most skillfully explores the emotional toll on women and their families as they leave behind all they knew and face  a dangerous and unknown future…I heartily recommend this book to anyone wanting to examine the human experience of many a Loyalist refugee.” REVIEW EXCERPT: The Loyalist Gazette | Grietje R. McBride, UE, B Sc.


“My sister just gave me your second book “Shadows in the Tree”.  Jennifer, I couldn’t put it down.  You are truly a gifted writer. You make the reader a participant in the story, a reader who is transported all those years ago to share in the joys and trials of the times. Thank you once again for a brilliant novel and I am looking forward to your next book.  Keep them coming.”  M. Craig


“I just finished reading your second book (Shadows in the Tree), and had to tell you how much I enjoyed it.  Your descriptions of scenery and events were good, but those of the heroine’s emotions exceptional.  You brought reality and drama to the pages.” S. Hulsemann


“I have just finished Shadows in the Tree. Firstly, I must thank you for taking me on another incredible journey with Eliza… It is a POWERFUL and EMOTIONAL journey. What I can only begin to imagine, you put into words and made images so vivid in my mind that I felt I was on the trail with Maria Catrina. I cried and rejoiced along with her. Congratulations Jennifer, the book is wonderful…   It truly is a heart felt story and I know that others will feel it as deeply as I did.” S. Seymour