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The Spruce Gum Box

Winner of the Reader’s Favorite Award for Historical Fiction

A Family Forged by Adversity.
A Community United by Dreams.

Addie loved to run along the river’s edge so the wind could blow through her long hair, released from the strict bun her father demanded. When Jed returned from the lumber harvest in the spring, she would fly into his arms, releasing her pent-up passion from its winter prison. Little did they know their forbidden love would set in motion a series of events that would forever change their lives and make Jed a fugitive.

With a bounty on his head and his infant son hidden beneath his coat, Jed turned to the only man he felt he could trust—the leader of a nearby Micmac settlement. The unlikely partnership that ensued defied all odds, overcoming bigotry, betrayal, and the unforgiving 1820s Maine wilderness, to stake a claim on the primitive New England landscape.

As the strife escalated between Great Britain and the United States over the border of Maine and the rights to its lucrative lumber industry, determination to survive and create a life for his young son drove Jed into uncharted territory and perilous adventure.

Book Specifications

•    Title: The Spruce Gum Box
•    Author: Elizabeth Egerton Wilder
•    ISBN: 978-0-9815954-4-3
•    Library of Congress, LCCN: 2010926614
•    Publisher: Red Dobie Press
•    Publication Date: June 30, 2010
•    Pages: 278
•    Trim Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
•    Formats: Paperback & ebook
•    List Price (paperback): $15.95
•    List Price (ebook): $2.99
•    Wholesale Distribution: Ingram Book Group, publisher direct
•    Retail Sales:, and more!
•    Book cover and interior design by Cathy Cotter, Cotter Visual Communications Inc.
•    Bulk Discounts to approved Book Clubs

About the Author

Elizabeth Egerton Wilder’s debut novel, The Spruce Gum Box, began with her fascination in Maine’s Aroostook River and it’s early pioneers, and evolved over several years through research and daydreaming. While she mused, characters and story lines began to flourish and take on lives of their own. As she puts it, “I knew how the story would start and how it would end, but had no idea what would happen in between.”

Throughout the process, the author drew upon stories and people from her childhood along with her varied background in a number of artistic endeavors. She has a BA in Art and Education and has worked as a teacher, needle art designer, colorist, office manager, small business owner, photographer and watercolor artist. She  is also a published poet and believes that bits and pieces of it all, combined with raising her family and her innate appreciation of nature, were all the ingredients needed to fulfill her lifelong goal of writing a book. At seventy-two years young, she achieved her goal. Native of New England, Elizabeth (Betty) now lives in Eastern PA with Cal, her husband of over 50 years, and her cat Smokey.

Her second novel, Granite Hearts is the sequel to The Spruce Gum Box!

Follow Betty on Twitter @eewilder

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