The time period is 1947. The location is a fictional village in Grey County, Ontario. The story resonates with readers of all ages due to the depth of the characters, the storyline and the time frame - ten days in the autumn of the year. Magdalena's Song is a deeply evocative and most rewarding read.
When Daniel, an elderly gentleman arrives in Millbrook, he is first thought to be a kindly, confused old gentleman. Soon, those people who come in contact with him begin to realize there's more to the fellow than meets the eye. Although his intentions seem innocent enough, Daniel has a purpose behind each encounter and decision he makes. By the end of the book, the questions all readers hotly debate comes to the fore - Is he the ghost of an old gypsy back to right a wrong? - Is he the lover of a daughter of one of the founding families bound on revenge? Is he simply a labour organizer with a very slick cover story?